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Month: March 2018

Health Benefits of Massage

massage-therapy-for-wellnessWhy do so many people invest in their wellness through massage therapy? There are many different reasons to receive massage just as there are many different types of massage therapy available to address those reasons. For simplicity’s sake I’ll define two broad categories that massage clients typically fall into: relaxation and pain reduction.

Those looking for relaxation benefits from a massage recognize that decreasing stress levels and getting their body to relax is a critical part of a solid wellness regimen. Aside from the proven medical benefits of maintaining low stress levels, clients often find it helps improve their day to day functioning whether it be in the social, work, or home environment. Approaching daily tasks and responsibilities with less stress often makes life seem more manageable.

Clients looking for pain reduction through massage therapy are usually looking to reduce their discomfort due to a musculoskeletal issue. This can be as simple as a stiff neck from sleeping in a bad position to as complex as rotator cuff surgery recovery. The variety of musculoskeletal issues that can lead to pain necessitate a skilled practitioner who can accurately assess your condition and apply modalities that are most appropriate.

Bear in mind that even if you’re receiving the most effective modality for your condition, having a skilled practitioner makes all the difference. My clinical experience with physical therapists has help me develop a therapeutic approach to massage. This approach can help alleviate discomfort and increase mobility associated with common medical conditions such as arthritis, chronic pain, sports related overuse syndromes, etc.

The bottom line: if you’re going to the Bahamas or just sitting around at home and feel like pampering yourself with a massage, go ahead. But make sure not to overlook massage as a valuable component of maintaining the health of your muscular and skeletal system. Massage therapy could very well be the key that you are missing to taking your wellness to the next level.

Fix It with Massage

Neck Pain
Ten neck massages over 10 weeks. Sound good? People with chronic neck pain reported a 55 percent improvement after this regimen, according to a 2009 study in the Clinical Journal of Pain. They even scored 39 percent better on the worst-sounding test ever, the Neck Disability Index. (It assesses the pain’s impact.)

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“Musculotendinous” massages target muscle-tendon junctions, and a 2010 study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that even a 30-second round improved hip-flexor range of motion. Try it: Find where muscle meets tendon just behind and above your knee, and rub the spot in small circles with your thumb.

You don’t need a full-body rubdown to feel good. In a 2010 study from Sweden, one 80-minute hand-and-foot massage significantly lowered people’s heart rates, cortisol levels, and insulin levels—all of which help lower stress.

Take your pick: Swedish, shiatsu, and other massage types may ease depression, a 2010 meta-analysis in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found. How? Massages reduce stress hormone levels, heart rate, and blood pressure, and boost mood and relaxation by triggering the release of oxytocin and serotonin.

High Blood Pressure
A study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that after people with normal blood pressure had deep-tissue massage for 45 to 60 minutes, their BPs fell—specifically, by an average of 10.4 millimeters of mercury (mm/Hg) systolic, and 5.3 mm/Hg diastolic.

Lower-Back Pain
Back problems can be complex. One solution is simple: Common massage techniques can help you relax, and trigger an endorphin release that raises your threshold for pain. And that might help people with all sorts of lower-back pain, notes a 2009 meta-analysis in the journal Spine.