What is massage therapy?
Massage therapy is a process of manual manipulation of the body’s muscular and soft tissue structure through a variety of techniques ranging form relaxation to clinical and therapeutic applications. The benefits are increased range of motion and flexibility, stress reduction, and improved circulation helping to achieve an overall feeling of well-being.
Massage therapy addresses a variety of health conditions, the most prevalent being stress-related tension, which, experts believe, accounts for 80%-90% of disease. Massage has been proven beneficial in treating cancer-related fatigue, sleep disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes, low back pain, immunity suppression, spinal cord injury, autism, post-operative surgery, age-related disorders, infertility, eating disorders, smoking cessation, and depression, to name just a few. Here’s why: Bodywork offers a drug-free, non-invasive and humanistic approach based on the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Massage has many physiological effects, such as:
Increasing circulation, allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs and can stimulate the lymph system, the body’s natural defense, against toxic invaders.
What is massage therapy used to treat?
· Relaxing and softening injured and overused muscles.
· Reducing spasms and cramping.
· Increasing joint flexibility.
· Reducing recovery time for strenuous workouts and eliminating subsequent pains.
· Releasing endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller.
· Reducing post-surgery adhesions and edema and reducing and realigning scar tissue.
· Improving range of motion and decreasing discomfort for patients with low back pain.
· Relieving pain for migraine sufferers and decreasing the need for medication.
· Providing exercise and stretching for atrophied muscles.
· Lengthening shortened muscles to increase range of motion.
· Contributing to shorter labor and reduced tearing for expectant mothers, as well as lessening the need for medication, minimizing depression and anxiety, and shortening hospital stays.
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