How Massage Therapy Can Benefit Your Mental and Physical Health
The benefits of massage can be an integral component in your self-care.
When was the last time you had a massage? A massage is usually reserved for special occasions. Despite how great we feel, most of us don’t think about getting another massage until our next special occasion!
American Massage Therapy Association
According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), roughly 19 percent of the population got a massage at least once between July of 2016 and July 2017. However, massages are helpful in dealing with a variety of issues ranging from anxiety to sports injuries. Research consistently reports multiple positive benefits from massage therapy.
Massage helps to promote healing by improving blood circulation which in turn provides nourishment to damaged, stiff, and tense muscles. Lymph fluid circulation is also improved by the pulling, twisting and squeezing techniques of massage. Lactic acid is pushed out from muscle tissue and metabolic waste products are carried away from internal organs. This results in lower blood pressure levels and overall improved body function.
Massage also promotes muscle relaxation by targeting the source of the body’s pain. Increased activity to the affected area reduces stiffness and increases flexibility in order to reduce pain. Massage helps to trigger the release of endorphins such as serotonin and dopamine. These hormones are in the brain to give us a sense of happiness and well-being. A byproduct of these metabolic actions results in decreased tension, improved mood, and pain reduction.
Advice about Massage Therapy
Start yourself on a path to consistent preventative self-care. Massage is one health benefit that can be good for your outside while improving your inside. For the price of a really nice meal you just might leave with decreased or no pain, relaxed muscles and improved sleep. Come in and see for yourself!
Are you dealing with body aches related to activity or exercise? We are here to help! At Symmetry, we will provide you with a physical therapy assessment to get to the root cause of your pain. Check out our Youtube channel for more tips and easy to follow exercises videos.