Everyone loves a massage—just hearing the word makes me instantly roll my shoulders around and relax some of the tension. Getting a massage isn’t simply a luxury—more and more people are recognizing the use of massage as an important element in their overall health and wellness.
Many of us think of a massage as a treatment for low back pain, and it is used frequently for that purpose, but did you know massage can also be used for these reasons?
- Treat post-operative pain following surgery
- Boost the body’s immune system functioning
- Reduce headache frequency
- Reduce anxiety and lower bold pressure, particularly in people who have had a stroke
- Reduce fatigue, depression, anxiety and pain in people with cancer
- Promote healthy sleep patterns
Massage is also useful in the treatment of chronic pain. People with chronic pain often have trigger points and shortened muscles, as well as irritating waste products built up in the body. These factors can make even the simplest movements difficult and tiring. Massage releases those trigger points, lengthens the muscles and helps to move those waste products. Make sure you drink a lot of water after your massage to help clear the waste products out of your system. You will find yourself with renewed energy and increased motivation to perform physical activity after your massage.
The healing power of touch is beneficial whether you are an athlete with sore muscles, a person with chronic pain, or someone living with a serious illness or injury. Make an appointment today to see how you can take some of the stress out of your life!