What is Massage Therapy
Massage therapy, once seen as a fringe approach to patient treatment, has gained tremendous popularity. It is now counted among one of the more mainstream ways to relieve tension, increase circulation, reduce stress, improve sleep, and make the body more relaxed. If a person is tense and needs release, or if they are suffering from extensive muscle or nerve damage resulting from an accident, massage therapy can be a good way forward.
Massage Therapy Relaxes the Body
The problem with being overly and constantly stressed is that the body starts producing unhealthy levels of Cortisol, which is a stress hormone that can cause problems such as sleeplessness, weight gain, and headaches. Cortisol levels can be reduced through massage therapy, which sets the body into a sort of recovery mode. It makes the person feel more relaxed as well.
Lower Blood Pressure
Regular sessions of massage therapy are usually accompanied by a healthy drop in raised blood pressure levels. Some studies have even found that if delivered consistently, massage therapy can reduce both lower and upper blood pressure. It can even reduce trigger sources of tension, hostility, anxiety, and depression.
Massage Therapy Improves Circulation
Massage therapy brings many benefits besides the immediately apparent ones. One of the snowball effects of getting proper and regular massage therapy is improved circulation. It is easy to understand how this works: a good massage can let any stiff, damaged or tense muscles receive the oxygenated blood they need for rejuvenation.
Massage Therapy Improves Posture
While the primary cause of muscle and neck pain falls into a variety the sources, poor posture is the culprit a lot of the times. Incorrect posture while sitting or standing can result in chronic back pain, causing you to miss workdays and other appointments. The problem is compounded if a person is also overweight. The additional strain can lead to pain, spasms, hip muscle tension, etc. Massage therapy can help in these cases by restoring proper alignment. The muscles are loosened and relaxed during treatment, allowing much wider freedom to the joints.
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