How massage therapy can help your health and well-being

How massage therapy can help your health and well-being

By IICT Member Tess Pajaron, Open Colleges. The rapid pace of today's stressful and overwhelming life can often take a toll on our health. Massage therapy has over the years been proven to successfully cure the symptoms of major modern-age mental and physical problems

From lowering blood pressure to improving the quality of sleep, massage therapy can be considered a sound strategy for maintaining good health and well-being. 

Here are some examples of how massage therapy can benefit your health and help you fight symptoms ranging from headaches and muscle tension to arthritis and chronic pain.

 

Improved circulation

First and foremost, massage therapy improves blood and lymph circulation – and that in itself brings lots of health benefits. This improvement is a result of both the physical pressure put on soft tissue of the body and the chemicals released in the brain due to relaxation. Improved blood flow means that more oxygen and nutrients will be delivered to the muscle cells in the body, helping tissues to work more efficiently. 

 

Improving lymphatic drainage

With an improved blood flow, naturally comes better functioning of tissue – not only increasing the absorption of excess fluids, but also leading to a more effective removal of waste products. This is a process that also reduces the swelling of soft tissue.

 

Relaxation response

This is probably the most important benefit of massage therapy. Entering the state of deep relaxation, our breath and heart rate slow down, decreasing the production of stress hormones and lowering blood pressure. 

The relaxation state also increases our bodies' available level of serotonin, positively affecting our mood, emotions and thoughts. All in all, massage therapy and the relaxation state it grants us can decrease the physical effects of stress, reducing the risks of hypertension, anxiety, sexual dysfunction, digestive disorders, cardiac arrhythmias and other physical issues. 

 

Improving joint mobility

Massage therapists can also improve your mobility. They're fully qualified to suggest the right exercises to get you going after a sports injury that reduced your mobility for a certain period of time. If your injury was purely muscular, massage can improve the blood flow to your muscles around your joints, leading to a faster healing process. 

 

Relaxing tissue

If you often feel painful muscular contractions and spasms, most likely the results of a sedentary lifestyle, massage therapy can solve these problems for you. It relaxes muscle tissue and reduces nerve compression, allowing for a better transfer of information from the nerves to the brain – in effect, improving the functioning of muscles and organs. 

 

Reducing or eliminating pain

A recent study showed that massage therapy works as well as standard treatments for back pain. At 10 weeks of receiving massage therapy, patients reported less pain and a greater mobility to perform daily tasks than patients who received standard back pain treatment. A regular massage therapy can be a great help to all those suffering from chronic pain, arthritis or sore muscles.

 

Psychological effects

We've only briefly mentioned the relaxation state induced by massage therapy, but its mental benefits are numerous and varied. Massage therapy is known to reduce anxiety, anger and aggression, improving our mood and sleep patterns, as well as lessening depression and stress.

Massage therapy can be a powerful remedy for a wide variety of health issues deriving from our exceedingly fast and busy lifestyles. This kind of treatment can not only cure our pains, but also help us get more in tune with our bodies and maintain a sense of balance and well-being even through trying times of our lives.

The rapid pace of today's stressful and overwhelming life can often take a toll on our health. Massage therapy has over the years been proven to successfully cure the symptoms of major modern-age mental and physical problems. From lowering blood pressure to improving the quality of sleep, massage therapy can be considered a sound strategy for maintaining good health and well-being. 

Here are some examples of how massage therapy can benefit your health and help you fight symptoms ranging from headaches and muscle tension to arthritis and chronic pain.

 

Improved circulation

First and foremost, massage therapy improves blood and lymph circulation – and that in itself brings lots of health benefits. This improvement is a result of both the physical pressure put on soft tissue of the body and the chemicals released in the brain due to relaxation. Improved blood flow means that more oxygen and nutrients will be delivered to the muscle cells in the body, helping tissues to work more efficiently. 

 

Improving lymphatic drainage

With an improved blood flow, naturally comes better functioning of tissue – not only increasing the absorption of excess fluids, but also leading to a more effective removal of waste products. This is a process that also reduces the swelling of soft tissue.

 

Relaxation response

This is probably the most important benefit of massage therapy. Entering the state of deep relaxation, our breath and heart rate slow down, decreasing the production of stress hormones and lowering blood pressure. 

The relaxation state also increases our bodies' available level of serotonin, positively affecting our mood, emotions and thoughts. All in all, massage therapy and the relaxation state it grants us can decrease the physical effects of stress, reducing the risks of hypertension, anxiety, sexual dysfunction, digestive disorders, cardiac arrhythmias and other physical issues. 

 

Improving joint mobility

Massage therapists can also improve your mobility. They're fully qualified to suggest the right exercises to get you going after a sports injury that reduced your mobility for a certain period of time. If your injury was purely muscular, massage can improve the blood flow to your muscles around your joints, leading to a faster healing process. 

 

Relaxing tissue

If you often feel painful muscular contractions and spasms, most likely the results of a sedentary lifestyle, massage therapy can solve these problems for you. It relaxes muscle tissue and reduces nerve compression, allowing for a better transfer of information from the nerves to the brain – in effect, improving the functioning of muscles and organs. 

 

Reducing or eliminating pain

A recent study showed that massage therapy works as well as standard treatments for back pain. At 10 weeks of receiving massage therapy, patients reported less pain and a greater mobility to perform daily tasks than patients who received standard back pain treatment. A regular massage therapy can be a great help to all those suffering from chronic pain, arthritis or sore muscles.

 

Psychological effects

We've only briefly mentioned the relaxation state induced by massage therapy, but its mental benefits are numerous and varied. Massage therapy is known to reduce anxiety, anger and aggression, improving our mood and sleep patterns, as well as lessening depression and stress.

Massage therapy can be a powerful remedy for a wide variety of health issues deriving from our exceedingly fast and busy lifestyles. This kind of treatment can not only cure our pains, but also help us get more in tune with our bodies and maintain a sense of balance and well-being even through trying times of our lives.

Tess Pajaron is a Community Manager at Open Colleges, an online learning provider based in Sydney, Australia. She has a background in Business Administration and Management.

 

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About the Author:

Tess Pajaron is a Community Manager at Open Colleges, an online learning provider based in Sydney, Australia. She has a background in Business Administration and Management.

 

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