The first thing most people think of when you talk about massage therapy is relaxation. While this is absolutely a benefit of getting a massage, there are many more reasons that might surprise you. At Active Sports Therapy we recommend that everyone makes time for a monthly massage because it has immediate positive effects on the individual, as well as cumulative long-term benefits.
Eases Muscle Pain
If your muscles are sore, then massage can really help you. Having a massage increases and improves your circulation. Increased circulation can bring much needed blood flow to stiff and tense muscles to help promote healing, range of motion, and flexibility. The different techniques used in massage therapy can also reduce the amount of lactic acid in the muscle tissues and improve lymph fluid circulation.
Helps with Anxiety and Depression
Massage therapy has been shown to increase serotonin and dopamine neurotransmitters which can help reduce feelings of anxiety and sadness. Human contact is important for people who suffer from anxiety and a nurturing touch via massage therapy is just that.
Gives Your Immune System a Boost
We know that people who are prone to stress are also prone to sickness and illness. With a regular massage you may see a reduction in stress and studies show that the body can often experience a boost in your systems ability to get and stay well post-massage. This is due to the increase in the activity level of the body’s white blood cells that can help a person fight off illness.
Assists with Headache Management
Many people, especially in our city, suffer from headaches and migraine headaches. Although everyone’s headache triggers are different, stress, muscle tension, and poor sleep are among the top triggers. With the effects of a massage sometimes lasting for weeks, people with frequent headaches should seek regular massages as each of the above triggers can be addressed in a session.
Reduces Blood Pressure
It has been found that regular visits to a massage therapist can indeed reduce blood pressure levels. Other studies have also cited a reduction in cortisol, which is better known as the body’s stress hormone that often leads to multiple health issues when it is in excess.
Please speak to your health care provider to find out if massage therapy is right for you. At Active Sports Therapy our Registered Massage Therapists can provide a variety of different methods, techniques, and styles of massage. We are sue to have the right therapist to address your concern.