If you have had a deep massage after a long work week, you know how it can influence your health, both mental and physical. Whether you’d like to unwind or target a number of acute and chronic conditions, regular massage therapy can yield significant positive effects.
When receiving a massage from a registered massage therapist, they will use their knowledge of the human anatomy and physiology to treat your condition. From multiple sclerosis to asthma, headaches to Parkinson’s, massages can be used as a preventative measure, or as part of your treatment plan.
Still not convinced? Here are three key ways that regular massages will influence your wellbeing.
Reduces Muscle Tension
Muscle tension can significantly interfere with your ability to function, causing you to stay in bed, miss work, and reduce your ability to function. In terms of relieving muscle tension, massage therapy dates back thousands of years. When rubbing muscle tissue, you can ease tension based on released contractions.
If applying pressure correctly, your muscles will relax, as well as your ligaments and tendons. When your muscles are under distress, your organs can also be affected. This is because organs share neurological pain pathways with your muscles, nerves, and bones. An example of this, is regular lower back massage in order to target menstrual pain.
Not only will massage reduce knots in your muscles, but they’ll also treat chronic non-migraine headaches. Within one study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, it was found that when participants received massage therapy, directed towards their shoulder and neck muscles, headache frequency was significantly reduced in comparison to baseline values.
Poor circulation can cause a number of health complications, reducing the amount of oxygen and nutrients that reach your extremities. In turn, you can suffer from fatigue, cold limbs, and too much lactic acid in your muscles. After experiencing an effective massage, you can improve both blood and lymph circulation.
Considering cardiovascular disease is a major cause of death amongst Australians, killing one individual every 12 minutes, it’s critical that you care for your heart. Massage has been shown to reduce average blood pressure, reducing your risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Within one 2013 study, pre-hypertension was of interest to researchers, focusing on the effects of Swedish massage. Fifty pre-hypertensive women took part in the study, twenty-five within the control group and twenty-five within the experimental group — who received 10-15 minute massages, 3 times weekly for 10 sessions total.
In comparison to the control group, women in the experimental group exhibited significantly lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings. Even 72 hours after the study was complete, a significant difference was still evident. The relaxing effects of a massage can also decrease cortisol levels, reducing risk factors associated with heart disease.
Targets Pain and Improves Mobility
Whether you’re suffering from post-workout pain or pulled a muscle at work, pain can stop you dead in your tracts. For those who experience chronic pain, it’s important to find effective ways to manage symptoms, improving overall quality of life. As mentioned, circulation improves, soothing stiff, sore joints and muscles.
Based on animal studies, it’s been said that massage may also influence oxytocin, a hormone that relaxes muscles, promoting calmness. It’s the same hormone that increases during labor, helping to relax the uterus. Unlike pain killers, it’s a safe treatment option when performed by a registered professional.
Within one study, it was found that massage made a significant difference to patients who had undergone knee surgery. In terms of pain severity, there was a meaningful difference before and after a massage was administered. Within athletes, massage often reduces pain and restores mobility after injuring muscle tissue.
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