The Health Benefits of Massage
We know massages are relaxing, but is that all they’re good for?
Learn more about the many health benefits of massage.
In terms of relaxation, massages are right up there with bubble baths and sweatpants. After all, who doesn’t love a good Swedish massage at the spa?
But if you’ve ever visited a chiropractor or physical therapist, you already know that massages aren’t just a nice treat for a birthday or Mother’s Day, they have medical applications as well.
In this article, we’ll talk about the many benefits of massage and how you can use this technique to treat and prevent pain.
Think Outside the Spa
Most people turn to massage as a way to reduce occasional tension and stress. And while the benefits of massage stretch beyond “spa days,” there’s a lot to be said for reducing the effects of stress in your life.
When stressed, the body releases the hormone cortisol. Although fine in normal doses, chronic tension and stress can lead to things like inflammation, increased heart rate and blood pressure, and tightened muscles.
Luckily, there’s one thing that can alleviate all of these symptoms: massage.
Yep. Relaxation isn’t just about your mental health, but your physical health as well. And getting a medical massage can help kill two birds with one stone.
Health Benefits of Massage
“What if I don’t have any stress in my life? Can massage still benefit me?”
Here are just five of the many benefits of massage that have nothing to do with relaxation.
1. Reduce & Prevent Pain
If you’ve ever gotten a massage—whether it was from a professional or from a significant other—you’ve experienced firsthand the amazing effect they can have on chronic and acute pain.
Poor posture, overexertion, and injury can cause trigger points and tightness in the muscles. Massages help to loosen the fibers, removing the obstacles keeping your body from total wellness.
Loosening your muscles both reduces and prevents pain.
2. Maintain Alignment
Another drawback to tight muscles? They can pull your joints out of alignment.
In medical terms, a joint is when two or more bones meet. In order for your joints to move fluidly, there is a network of discs, muscles, tendons, and ligaments holding your bones together.
When these tissues are too tight, they can pull on your bones, causing them to slip out of proper alignment. Massage not only loosens and elongates the muscles, it trains them to stay that way.
3. Increase Circulation
Massages also help to physically move blood through the muscles, improving blood flow to all areas of the body. This also increases the amount of oxygen to the muscles, allowing them to work harder and recover faster.
This same technique also helps explain why massages are great for lymphatic drainage.
Waste and other toxins can build up in the muscles, causing soreness, swelling, and pain. Massage helps to flush any congested areas while stimulating the lymphatic system to clear your blood of any impurities.
4. Boost Immunity
Stimulating your lymphatic system also helps release lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell), which fight infection and boost your immune system.
According to a recent study by the University of Roehampton in London, a one-hour massage can increase the number of white blood cells by 70%!
5. Reduce Inflammation
Medical experts have long warned that chronic inflammation is one of the biggest threats to one’s health. And one of the most enjoyable ways to combat it is with regular massage!
By reducing cortisol, boosting lymphatic drainage, and promoting mitochondria in muscle cells, massage can reduce inflammation.
Do You Need a Massage?
If you experience soreness, swelling, or pain, massages can be a great addition to your wellness routine.
For those who are pregnant or recovering from an accident, massage can help alleviate discomfort and promote healing, but anyone can benefit from a massage.
Many of our patients are surprised that they are in so much pain, as they don’t do anything more strenuous than sit at a desk all day. They are just as surprised to hear that prolonged sitting can be just as hard on the body as intense activity.
Remember, pain is never normal! If you are feeling any symptoms of discomfort or pain, a massage can help your body heal itself so you can get back to your lifestyle.
Schedule Your Massage Today!
Oviedo Chiropractic prides itself on providing quality care for your benefit, not our own.
With a convenient location, two chiropractors, six massage therapists, and online scheduling, making an appointment is fast and easy. Plus, we accept most insurance plans and have affordable cash payment plans available.
Schedule your appointment today and see how we can benefit you!