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Should Doctors prescribe gentle massage to augment more traditional hospital treatments?

Written by Jo Thorp   Posted in:Massage   March 23, 2018

Should Doctors prescribe gentle massage to augment more traditional hospital treatments?
How many of us often say “I feel stressed!”?  Seventy-five to ninety percent of patients who visit Doctors surgeries are there about stress related ailments and/or complaints.  Stress can play a major part in the symptoms you experience in your body; your thoughts, your feelings and also your behaviour.   If left unchecked stress can contribute to many health problems including high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Chronic stress has significant effect on the immune system that ultimately manifests into illness.

Cortisol, the body’s response to stress is lowered by as much as 50% after a massage. Cortisol has been shown to damage and kill cells in the hippocampus (the brain area responsible for your episodic memory).  There is also robust evidence that chronic stress causes premature aging.  Massage provides many benefits and can increase the levels of serotonin and dopamine; neurotransmitters that help stabilise your mood.

Whether your need for massage therapy is to relax, reduce muscle tension or attain relief from chronic pain, a therapeutic massage can enhance your overall sense of emotional and physical wellbeing.  Massage therapy helps ease neck and back pain, helps relieve muscle tension, spasms, inflammation, fluid retention aches, stiffness and pain.  It also helps increase the circulation of blood and warms the muscles and other soft tissues such as tendons and ligaments.

Known to aid in blood circulation, massage therapy helps relieve muscular pain and tension - two of the most common complaints in many chronic conditions.  It also helps improve joint flexibility and improve posture, relieving the spine of pain and pressure associated with slouching and improper posture. Itis often considered to be an excellent preventative and complementary treatment for many chronic conditions including arthritis, fibromyalgia, back pain, bursitis, premenstrual syndrome and menstrual cramping, high blood pressure, sports injuries, soft tissue injuries and many other chronic health conditions.

The fact that it is non-invasive and does not require drugs or other medications makes it very appealing, and it can be relatively affordable. 
If you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious or depressed massage is one of the most relaxing ways to help your daily stresses disappear.
If you recognise any of these physical symptoms of stress, give us a call to talk through potential therapies that could help you:
  • Low energy.
  • Headaches.
  • Upset stomach, including diarrhoea, constipation and nausea.
  • Aches, pains and tense muscles.
  • Chest pain and rapid heartbeat.
  • Insomnia.
  • Frequent colds and infections.
  • Loss of sexual desire and/or ability.
 


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