Health Benefits of Massage: The Best Way to Relieve Pain, Reduce Migraines, Improve Flexibility, Lower Stress,
Posted Sep 13 2008 11:47pm
All my friends know that I get a massage weekly. My preference is deep tissue which focuses on my upper back, shoulders and tight chest muscles which get tense and tighten from stress. Massage is an essential part of your whole health regime as well as illness recovery program. It maintains your physical, mental and emotional well being, especially when it is a regular routine.
Our muscles protect our bones and our organs and are often out of wack due to stress, accidents, and even psychological matters like stress, anxiety and fear. My massage therapist always tells me that she can diagnose what is going on in someone's life by the shape and level of tenseness in a person's muscles.
The Health Benefits of Massage
* Calms the nervous system and promotes a sense of relaxation and well being.
* Reduces tension and anxiety.
* Increases circulation, allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs.
* Stimulates the flow of lymph, the body's natural defense system, against toxic invaders. For example, in breast cancer patients, massage has been shown to increase the cells that fight cancer.
* Increased circulation of blood and lymph systems improves the condition of the body's largest organ - the skin.
* Relaxes and softens injured and overused muscles
* Increases joint flexibility.
* Reduces recovery time, helps prepare for strenuous workouts and eliminates subsequent pains of the athlete at any level.
* Releases endorphins - the body's natural painkiller - and is being used in chronic illness, injury and recovery from surgery to control and relieve pain.
* Reduces post-surgery adhesions and edema and can be used to reduce and realign scar tissue after healing has occurred.
* Improves range-of-motion and decreases discomfort for patients with low back pain.
* Relieves pain for migraine sufferers and decreases the need for medication.
* Provides exercise and stretching for atrophied muscles and reduces shortening of the muscles for those with restricted range of motion.
* Assists with shorter labor for expectant mothers, as well as less need for medication, less depression and anxiety, and shorter hospital stays.
* Prevents and relieve muscles cramps and spasms.
* Massage therapy can also help with pain management in conditions such as arthritis, sciatica, muscle spasms.
Many people who suffer from lupus, arthritis, migraines, high stress jobs, anxiety and even cancer can help reduce stress, improve lymphatic drainage and promote healthy muscles and skin tone.
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