Most of us know that massage therapy is good for us because it feels good! But there are many other reasons that massage is beneficial to your overall health.
Massage, particularly medical massage therapy operates on a whole-body systems understanding of imbalance and injury, compensation, and compliment. This may be part of the reason why Brittany or Kris work on an area which isn’t exactly the precise location of your primary complaint. Because the whole body is connected, there are often patterns of imbalance which play out throughout the entire body.
So, when your low back is hurting, we may need to do some work on your chest area to improve your whole posture and prevent worsening low back pain, while also paying attention to your hamstrings, since they tug on your pelvis and may be part of an alignment issue contributing to that same low back pain!
With techniques including compression, pressure, cross-fiber friction or trigger point release, our massage therapists pump fresh blood flow and oxygen to areas which have been contracted for too long, as well as areas which may have been cut off from that flow due to other areas being hyper-contracted or chronically contracted.
Your muscles will also be in a somewhat contracted position if joints, bones, ligaments or tendons are pulled out of alignment, which can cause the sort of chronic achiness associated with poor posture or less active periods.
Aside from the more obvious benefits of mobilization, the effect of touch is also profound. From reducing emotional tension, lowering blood pressure, decreasing severity of depression and anxiety, to enhancing sleep quality, improving immunity, and increase concentration, there are very few reasons not to look into massage therapy!
A few more benefits of massage include:
- Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
- Ease medication dependence.
- Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.
- Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
- Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
- Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
- Increase joint flexibility.
- Lessen depression and anxiety.
- Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
- Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
- Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
- Reduce spasms and cramping.
- Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
- Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
- Relieve migraine pain.