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Month: July 2017

Massage can make your sleeping easy tonight

There’s nothing that can replace a good night’s sleep. For healthy function and cognitive ability, a good night’s sleep in imperative. Around 1 million people in the Uk do not receive the restorative sleep they need. At one time or another these people experience sleep issues that can lead to dips in work performance, foggy time with the family, weight gain and even substance abuse.

Fatigue and problems with concentration are usually the first to manifest. This affects health and mood, as well as your overall well-being. Treating insomnia has long been done with sleep aids and drugs, but new research shows that you may be able to try a more natural option: Massage Therapy.

Who Can Benefit From Massage Therapy for Sleep Disorders
If you are one of those fifty to seventy million Americans that find them self suffering from chronic insomnia, Massage Therapy may be your answer. People who sleep less than eight hours per day experience what is known as sleep debt something that cannot be made up for by sleeping in a little on the weekend. A full eight hours every night is important to keep your health optimal.

In addition to good nutrition and exercise, stress related insomnia can be alleviated with massage. Other conditions that contribute to poor sleep may benefit from Massage Therapy include headaches, anxiety, digestive disorders, nerve pain, fibromyalgia, spots injuries and soft tissue sprains to name a few.

Massage Therapy is not just a luxury and can reduces the stress hormone cortisol, which is constantly telling the body it’s time to wake up. At the same time, massage increases the neuro-hormone serotonin. This feel-good hormone is the precursor to melatonin, which is the brain’s cue to quiet down and prepare for sleep. The more serotonin that is released in massage, the easier and quicker you can drift off into sleep at night. Additionally, massage increases delta brain waves, which are linked to deep sleep. Not only will you fall asleep quickly, but massage will help you stay that way.

Regular massage truly elevates your everyday life, helping you sleep better, and in turn be a better you.

Receptors Respond to Massage

relax with massageSome of the earliest accounts of massage date back around 5000 years ago to the ancient Egyptians. Given this long history, it is surprising that scientific research has yet to delineate the way massage helps people manage pain.

Pain is a complex bio-psychosocial experience that is processed and relayed at various levels in the nervous system, and so there are multiple levels at which pain may be alleviated by massage therapy. One hypothesis is that massage helps to manage pain by stimulating pleasure receptors. Pleasure receptors are a recent scientific discovery, popularised by a 2013 article published in the January edition of Nature. This article suggested that there are specialised sensory receptors for pleasant sensations (tactile C fibers). Just as noxious stimulation is detected by nociceptors. Pleasant stimulation is detected by specialised unmyelinated tactile C fibers. Stimulating pleasure receptors with gentle massage is one way we can provide the body with this provides a the nervous system with a safety message – for more on safety messages see the works of Moseley and Butler.

Massage therapy is an experience that feels good, this is why it works so well. It works by stimulating these pleasure receptors to provide the nervous system with a message of safety. Even though most of this research is still in the developmental phase, it is my belief that in the coming years it will provide massage therapists with useful insights as to why massage works.

Even though there is still no clear explanation to why massage works; The body of knowledge to support the use of massage therapy continues to grow.

Massage has the potential to stimulate pleasure receptors (sensory neurons that are selectively activated by pleasant touch), this  input provides the body with a safety message, this is one of the main reasons massage therapy helps people manage pain.