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Where does therapeutic massage fit in a long-term program of health improvement?

Written by Jo Thorp   Posted in:Massage   March 22, 2019

Where does therapeutic massage fit in a long-term program of health improvement?

Therapeutic massage has been used as one of the oldest healing traditions.  It was believed by the Ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Chinese and Indians that the properties of therapeutic massage treated a variety of ailments. 

Therapeutic massage can be a vital tool in your long-term health goals.  The effects of stress can take an emotional and physical toll of the body and massage can help relieve symptoms, and tension headaches.  If you suffer with insomnia, massage can also help to improve your sleep pattern.  This is why massage is an ideal tool to introduce into your health improvement program. 

People tend to use massage therapy for either general relaxation and wellbeing, or to address a specific complaint. At some point or another we can all suffer with stress, anxiety or depression and massage therapy can assist here to - reducing anxiety and lowering stress levels for example. 

Every system of the body is affected by massage, either directly or indirectly and by including the treatment in your health goals you are helping your body inside and out. 

 

Not many people realise this, but bones are affected indirectly by massage as well. Improving the circulation of blood allows oxygen and nutrients to the bones. If you suffer with joint stiffness and pain this can be reduced by massage.  When you are more active, and follow the correct routine of stretching, the muscles become more flexible and joint movement increases.

Regular massages both relaxes and stretch muscles, reducing muscular tension and cramp. It also makes muscles more flexible by reducing muscle tone. Muscles tired by exercise are more quickly restored by massage than by rest. Massage is great for the circulation system; it can improve the flow of blood which helps with poor circulation. 

As you become more relaxed during a massage, respiration may become slower and deeper as you are using your diaphragm for breathing and expending less energy. If you suffer with digestion problems add Massage into your long-term health improvements to aid relaxation and to help increase the movement of food and waste products through the digestive system. This relaxation also has a balancing effect on the digestive system. Menstrual cramps, PMS and hormone imbalances can also be alleviated through massage - aiding an overall sense of wellbeing.

If you spend all your time working out in the gym, training professionally for an event and/or working behind a desk all day then thinking of incorporating massage therapy in to your long-term health program is an absolute must.  In our day to day lives we all can suffer with tight muscles (knots) which can cause us a lot of pain.  Having regular “maintenance” massages promotes physical relaxation, improved circulation which nourishes the cells, releases the nerve compressions e.g. sciatica, and leaves the patient with enhanced energy and vitality.  One of the best impacts of regular massages is the greater flexibility and range of motion it provides leaving the patient able to continue with their day to day lives without “niggles” or “burning” feelings that the muscles feel if we leave them without treatment.

Remember, by introducing therapeutic massage into your long-term program for your health you are investing in your own future health.  Call today to book an appointment. 

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