How Can Massage Be Medically Beneficial?

Massage therapy helps you relax, re-align and rejuvenate. There are many positive aspects to receiving
massage therapy on an ongoing basis, and with the busy lives we lead, we can all benefit from a little stress-
management. The experienced, professional therapists at heavenly Touch Massage and Wellness provide
exceptional care and will design an effective customized massage treatment to address your individual
needs.

More Americans are turning to therapeutic massage treatment to provide relaxation, relieve tension
associated with the daily stresses of their busy lives, or simply to help maintain good health and achieve a
balanced lifestyle. Oh, and let's not forget how great it feels to be treated by a professional massage
therapist.

There are so many healthy benefits to receiving massage therapy on a regular basis:

Physical Benefits of Therapeutic Massage

  •    Helps relieve stress and aids relaxation
  •    Helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness
  •    Alleviates discomfort during pregnancy
  •    formation of excessive scar tissue
  •    Reduces muscle spasms
  •    Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion
  •    Enhances athletic performance; Treats injuries caused during sport or work
  •    Promotes deeper and easier breathing
  •    Improves circulation of blood and movement of lymph fluids
  •    Reduces blood pressure
  •    Helps relieve tension-related headaches and effects of eye-strain
  •    Enhances the health and nourishment of skin
  •    Improves posture
  •    Strengthens the immune system
  •    Treats musculoskeletal problems
  •    Rehabilitation post operative
  •    Rehabilitation after injury
  • Fosters faster healing of strained muscles and sprained ligaments; reduces pain and  swelling;
    reduces

Mental Benefits of Massage Therapy

  •    Fosters peace of mind
  •    Promotes a relaxed state of mental alertness
  •    Helps relieve mental stress
  •    Improves ability to monitor stress signals and respond appropriately
  •    Enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity
  •    Emotional Benefits
  •    Satisfies needs for caring nurturing touch
  •    Fosters a feeling of well-being
  •    Reduces levels of anxiety
  •    Creates body awareness
  •    Increases awareness of mind-body connection



Recent scientific research also proves that massage therapy increases immune function, decreases stress
levels and reduces recovery time in many medical conditions including:

  •    Allergies
  •    Depression and Anxiety
  •    Arthritis
  •    Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  •    Asthma and Bronchitis
  •    Circulatory Problems
  •    Insomnia
  •    Sports Injuries
  •    Temporal mandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ)
  •    Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  •    Musculo-Skeletal Disorders


A Powerful Ally

There’s no denying the power of bodywork. Regardless of the adjectives we assign to it (pampering,
rejuvenating, therapeutic) or the reasons we seek it out (a luxurious treat, stress relief, pain management),
massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen.

Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us
faster,
internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-
paced
world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress. This translates into:

  •    Decreased anxiety.
  •    Enhanced sleep quality.
  •    Greater energy.
  •    Improved concentration.
  •    Increased circulation.
  •    Reduced fatigue.

Furthermore, clients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving a massage. The
emotional
balance bodywork provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits.

Profound Effects

In response to massage, specific physiological and chemical changes cascade throughout the body, with
profound effects. Research shows that with massage:

Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and less stiffness and pain.  Asthmatic children show better pulmonary
function and increased peak air flow.  Burn injury patients report reduced pain, itching, and anxiety.  High
blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones.  
Premenstrual syndrome sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping.  

Preterm infants have improved weight gain. Research continues to show the enormous benefits of touch—
which range from treating chronic diseases, neurological disorders, and injuries, to alleviating the tensions
of modern lifestyles. Consequently, the medical community is actively embracing bodywork, and massage is
becoming an integral part of hospice care and
neonatal intensive care units. Many hospitals are also incorporating on-site massage practitioners and
even spas to treat postsurgery or pain patients as part of the recovery process.

Increase the Benefits with Frequent Visits

Getting a massage can do you a world of good. And getting massage frequently can do even more. This is
the beauty of bodywork. Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in
how healthy you’ll be and how youthful you’ll remain with each passing year. Budgeting time and money for
bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health. And remember: just because
massage feels like a pampering treat doesn’t mean it is any less therapeutic. Consider massage
appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and work with your practitioner to
establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.