Therapeutic Massage What Are The Health
Benefits? There are 2 levels of health benefits
when receiving a therapeutic massage: the
mental, and the physical.
The physical benefits center on the massages
ability to relieve stress and the way that it
aids relaxation. It helps to relieve muscle
tension and stiffness and can aid in relieving
discomforts felt during pregnancy.
It can also foster faster healing of
strained muscles and ligaments that have been
sprained. It can reduce pain and swelling of
joints and muscles and also reduce the
formation of excessive scar tissue from
Massage can provide increased joint
flexibility and better range of motion. It has
been shown to improve or enhance the athletics
performance level as well as to treat any sport
injury. It promotes deeper and easier breathing
and can improve circulation of blood and
improve the lymphatic system.
It does reduce your blood pressure and help
to relieve tension-related headaches and the
effects of eyestrain. It can aid in the
nourishment of skin thus improving the
condition of your skin. It can improve your
posture and treat musculoskeletal problems you
may be experiencing after surgery or after a
sports related injury.
The mental health benefits of therapeutic
massage are that it fosters a peace of mind,
promotes a more relaxed state of alertness and
can relieve mental stress.
It can help you to improve your ability to
monitor stress signals and aid you in
responding to them more appropriately. You may
be able to think more calmly and be more
creative in your thinking patterns.
There are emotional benefits to massage that
are of a direct result of the mental
improvements that it gives those who receive
it. It can reduce your level of anxiety, give
you a greater sense of body awareness and give
you a keen-awareness of the connection between
body and mind.
Research studies show that massage reduces
heart rate, can lower your blood pressure and
increase your blood circulation while improving
your lymph flow affecting your body's ability
to deal with toxins.
It relaxes muscles and improves your range
of motion. Endorphins that enhance how your
body deals with pain are a benefit to those
suffering from injury.
Massage cannot increase your muscle
strength; but it can stimulate weak or
inactive muscles and therefore can
partially compensate for the lack of muscle
tone due to weak or inactive muscles.
Persons suffering from weak muscle tone due
to muscle injury or lack of exercise or
inactivity due to injury or illness can
realize some benefit from massage.
It also has been found to improve or
quicken recovery from illness or injury.
Theraputic Massage Terms and
Massage is an
essential part of a recovery
program for sports injured
athletes because the improved
blood flow, relaxation and
other benefits of massage help
improve injury recovery
Your sports trainer or health care provider
may recommend receiving therapeutic massage
to either enhance your workout or reduce
the pain, muscle or joint injury suffered
from overextending during workouts or to
prevent injury during a workout.
Massage is often part of the treatment plan
following surgery or a long illness. Your
health care professional may give you a
referral to a certified or licensed massage