Why Massage Therapy?
The benefits of massage therapy are numerous. Healthful and physiological effects have been documented over and over again through the years.
Massage therapy is much more than pampering, pleasurable sensations of well-being, relaxation, and preventive care through stress reduction.
Massage can improve your overall health by:
- Improving circulation
- Stimulating the lymphatic system (our bodies’ natural defense against toxins)
- Reducing muscle spasms
- Increasing joint flexibiliy
- Releasing endorphins (our bodies’ natural painkiller)
- Diminishing post-operative adhesions and eases edema
- Reducing and realigning scar tissue after healing has occurred
Massage therapy has been shown to be effective in addressing serious health issues, relieving symptoms associated with various conditions and problems such as specific and non-specific lower back pain; migraine headaches and their accompanying sleep disturbances and distress; carpal tunnel; depression; anxiety; and hypertension. In addition, massage therapy can alleviate certain types of cancers’ side effects: nausea, pain, and fatigue.†
Massage therapy can also be beneficial during pregnancy, by helping to relax both the mother and the unborn baby. If you are pregnant, talk to your doctor before scheduling an appointment.
† Publication sources of clinical findings from medical research listed on American Massage Therapy Association Fact Sheet, Evanston, IL