5 Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

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Studies of the benefits of massage therapy prove there is a long list of healthful perks for those who schedule consistent and regular massage sessions. While additional research is being conducted to prove the medical benefits of these sessions, researchers have confirmed the human body reacts in a positive manner to human touch. Beyond producing healthy benefits for treatment of specific diseases or conditions, regular massage sessions can also prove beneficial for symptoms of specific conditions or diseases.

Relaxation

The list of benefits continues to grow as research continues. However, the most prominent benefit seems to be relaxation. Massage therapy counteracts bad posture from employees which are confined to sitting at their work desks for most of their day. Sitting at a desk produces an excessive amount of stress on the neck, shoulders, and back. Regular massage sessions release the tension in these muscles, allowing them to rest, regenerate, and heal, thus encouraging them to restore and return to their proper alignment. Allowing your muscles to fully relax will inspire more restful sleep as well as counteract insomnia. With proper rest, the body and brain are less likely to develop symptoms of depression and anxiety.

Circulation

Regular massage sessions will also allow the body’s circulation to continually improve. Massage has been shown to lower blood pressure, thus releasing strain on the heart’s muscles. It will also lower cortisol (that dreaded stress hormone) in the body, reducing the risk for heart attack, stroke, and kidney failure. Massage encourages blood flow through the muscles and aids in the removal of lactic acid from muscle tissue. This may be why you might find yourself slightly sore after a massage session. Like a vigorous workout, your muscles have been repeatedly tensed and relaxed throughout a massage session, allowing the release of lactic acid from your tissue. Massage will improve lymph fluid circulation, which carries metabolic waste products from your internal organs and muscles. Therefore, we encourage you to drink lots of water before and after your massage sessions. Water aids in the removal of lactic acid and the metabolic waste products from your body. By improving your circulation through massage, your tense and damaged muscles will receive the rich blood supply they require to promote healing.

Immune System

In addition to improving circulation, regular sessions will improve your immune system functions. Massage stimulates the lymphatic system. This assists your immune system in delivering nourishment. It boosts the cytotoxic capacity of your immune system, increasing the activity level of your body’s natural infection-fighting cells. It will encourage the development of white blood cells, which are vital to fending off disease.

Your Skin

An additional health benefit from regular massages is the positive effect it has on the largest organ of your body: your skin. Covering approximately 20 feet and affected by internal and external elements, your skin is most susceptible to stress, illness, and abuse. As we’ve previously discussed in Three Ways Stress Affects Your Skin, massage provides relaxation techniques which greatly improve your skin’s condition and the way it handles stress factors. Massage sessions will also remove dead skin cells, improving the skin’s tone and elasticity. It will encourage the regeneration of skin cells and tissue health. An added perk, if your massage therapist uses any kind of oil or lotion for your session, chances are your skin will be moisturized as well, leaving the skin soft and supple.

Pain Relief

Of all the health benefits provided by massage therapy, the most favored is the relief from pain and stiffness. Regular sessions have been shown to relieve symptoms of digestive disorders, fibromyalgia, headaches and migraines, soft tissue injuries, and stiff backs/necks. The health benefits are usually in a causal sequence, providing a domino effect to the factors in aiding your body towards healing and restoration.

While the mainstream trend of natural remedies continues to rise, we’re seeing a growing demand for massage treatment. Many health insurance companies are providing coverage for massage therapy sessions. Regular sessions keep the body working at its best. It encourages physical and emotional well-being. Contact us today to see how we can help you and your employees without any of you ever leaving the office.


Gunnar Thelander

Written by: Gunnar Thelander

Gunnar leads Massage Kneads & Wellness as CEO. Gunnar's educational background entails a BS in Exercise & Sports Science from Texas State University, and an MA and Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University in Organizational Leadership. He has been a teacher and coach for all individuals in living a healthy, balanced lifestyle to maximize your life in every area. He is currently OSHA certified to speak in areas of Health and Safety in the Workplace, Ergonomics, and a trainer in First Aid/CPR.


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