Incorporating massage therapy at an early age is a great way to keep the soft tissues of the body supple, mobile, and flexible throughout life, but for everyone it can be beneficial for preventing injury.
If you play sports, workout, or have general wear and tear from work or aging tissues, massage therapy is a great way to prevent an injury by keeping or improving tissue flexibility and range of motion. We can elongate the muscles and improve blood and nutrient flow. Massage therapy is a great way to heal sore muscles, reduce inflammation and amplify the muscle cells’ repair process.
Acute or Chronic Conditions & Pain Relief
Research shows that massage therapy can reduce the heart rate, improve circulation and lymph flow, and reduce blood pressure. During a massage, endorphins are released, which are the body’s natural pain killers. They bind to opioid receptors that block the perception of pain in the brain. In addition to reducing pain, though, bodywork therapy has a host of benefits for a myriad of conditions.
Here are just some of the conditions that can be treated with bodywork therapy:
Arthritis pain and mobility
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Sprains and Strains
It’s unfortunate that we can experience a change in our ability to move. This happens as we age, for sure. It can, however, be the result of a chronic disease like diabetes and arthritis or because of weight and limited physical activity. The good news is that with bodywork therapy we can improve mobility or maintain it by elongating and stretching muscles, working tendons, joints, and other connective tissue. This releases the body’s natural lubrication and maximizes flexibility and allows us to be less prone to stiffness.
For the Average Stiff
Research suggests that stress is actually the cause of a large number of illnesses including heart disease, high blood pressure, depression, and anxiety. Massage therapy reduces the levels of cortisol in the body, which is a hormone produced as a response to stress. Moreover, when cortisol levels are reduced, serotonin levels increase. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that is believed to regulate mood, digestion, and sleep among other things.
In addition to physical benefits like flexibility and general soft tissue health, massage therapy can provide emotional balance and well-being.