Massage therapy has long been touted for its relaxing benefits. But you can experience other health benefits from regular massage therapy sessions. Here are five.
1. Relieves pain
Massage therapy is a great way to alleviate chronic pain.
- Patients who suffer from fibromyalgia, migraines, arthritis, and severe back pain have seen improvements in physique, range of motion, and lower levels of anxiety that relieve the overall effects of pain in the body.
- Although massage therapy cannot completely replace pain medication, it can improve the quality of life for patients in pain.
2. Improves your sleep
For people who regularly suffer from insomnia or trouble sleeping, massage therapy can provide a cost-effective, non-addictive treatment for sleep problems.
- Massages naturally increase serotonin production in the body. This helps reduce stress and regulate the body’s natural sleep patterns.
- If the production of serotonin is too low, your stress level will continue to rise throughout the day causing a spike in stress when your body needs to calm down to sleep. Massage helps realign the natural rhythm of your sleep cycle.
- To increase the benefits of your massage therapy session, ask your doctor about incorporating lavender aromatherapy into your massage session. Lavender helps to relax and will increase the benefits of massage.
3. Boosts Your Immune System
In addition to being an excellent source of stress relief for overworked people, massage therapy has been proven to increase the production of T cells. These cells work to stimulate and increase the productivity of the body’s immune system.
- Also, massages increase the level of serotonin which helps the body to fight illness and lethargy.
4. Improves Bad Postures
Today’s technological advancements have one major downside for our body, and that is poor posture. Constant texting and incessant computer use leads to weaker neck muscles and back tension. We tend to sag more than previous generations.
- Massage therapy can correct most of these problems. By relaxing the muscles in the neck and upper back, massages improve posture by increasing range of motion in our upper limbs.
5. Lowers Blood Pressure
Known as the silent killer, high blood pressure affects men and women, young and old. One of the main culprits of higher blood pressure is a high level of stress.
For many people, reducing stress levels is difficult, if not impossible. It is possible, however, to incorporate techniques that help relieve some of the symptoms of stress.
- Massage helps relieve some of these stress symptoms and lowers overall blood pressure.
- What’s more, a massage therapy routine can lower blood pressure levels in the long run.