Health Benefits of Massage Therapies

Massage parlors are mainstream and more of a necessity these days. Massage services are not only available in luxury spas and health clubs but they are now offered in business institutions, hospitals, clinic, and even in airports. If you are not that fond of massages, you should know the health benefits that you may get from a massage therapy session.

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What is a massage?

Massage is generally defined as the act of rubbing, pressing, and manipulating skin, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. It ranges from a light to deep pressure. And it has many different types, including the following massages listed below.

  • Swedish massage. It refers to the form of massage that consist of kneading, long strokes, deep circular movements, tapping, and vibration. It helps to energize and at the same time relaxes your body.
  • Deep massage. This form of massage is usually used to help relieve muscle damage due to injuries. This type of massage uses a slow motion technique but with the use of more forceful strokes that targets deeper layer of the muscle and connective tissue.
  • Sports massage. This type of massage is more likely the same as the Swedish massage but it specifically for those who are involved in sports activities. It is specifically for prevention or treatment of sports injuries.
  • Trigger point massage. This type of massage focus on areas with tight muscle fibers that can be formed after you have overused your muscles or have been to an injury.

Risks for Massage Therapies

There are several benefits that you can get from a massage therapy but you should also know that there are few things that you should remember. And it includes the possible risks if you undergo on a massage. These risks though will not happen given that you have an experienced and knowledgeable massage therapist. Massage therapies are not for you if you have any of the following:

  1. Fractures
  2. Severe osteoporosis
  3. Burns or healing wounds
  4. Deep vein thrombosis
  5. Bleeding disorders or take blood-thinning medication
  6. Severe thrombocytopenia

Always prefer to talk with your doctor the positive and negative effects of massages. Most especially if you are expecting a baby, if you have a cancer, or if you have an unexplained pain.

Few types of massages can make you feel sore the day after but it should not make it very painful and uncomfortable for you. If feel that a part of your massage is not right or painful, don’t hesitate to speak up. Most problems of massages are result from too much pressure used during the massage.

Benefits of Massage Therapies

Massage therapies are considered to be an alternative and complementary medicine today. It is being offered together with a standard treatment for various type of medical conditions. There are several studies that shows that massages are effective in treating pain, reducing stress level, and relieving muscle tension. Many other researchers also found out that massage therapies are helpful for the following conditions or disorders:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sports injuries
  • Soft tissue strains or injuries
  • Temporomandibular joint pain
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia related to stress
  • Digestive disorders

Beyond the listed benefits for a specific condition or disorder, there are a lot of people who enjoy massage therapies just because they feel connection, comfort, and care. Moreover, it also improves your posture and relieves your stress level.

Posture Improvement

Massage relaxes and loosens the muscles that are associated with your posture thus allows your body to position itself to a position that results to no pain posture. This will also allow your body to move into the natural posture or the correct posture of your body. Which gives you less risk on muscle straining and pain on your back.

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Relieves Stress

Studies shown that massage therapies results to a decrease in heart rate and blood pressure. It also relaxes your muscles and increases endorphin production (the “feel good” hormone). During a massage, serotonin and dopamine are also released which makes a person more calm and relaxed. This makes a habitual or chronic stress easy to overcome. Clinical studies found out that even an hour and a half of massage session can significantly lower a person’s cortisol level and insulin level; thus makes you stress-free.

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Despite those listed benefits, massage therapies should not serve as a replacement for any medical treatment or care. Always inform your doctor that you are trying massage therapies and still follow all the standard treatment advised for you.

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