Would you ever imagine that the power to heal your body was hiding in the fingertips of a masseuse? Though it sounds like something out of a comic book, it holds some truth in the real world. Time and time again, studies have shown that physical touch is vital to our overall health and wellness.
Massage therapy can:
From cold feet and hands to fatigue and achiness, poor circulation can cause a wide range of problems. Furthermore, circulation is heavily involved in the healing process. The better your circulation, the more oxygen-rich blood can flow to areas in need of repair.
By creating pressure during a massage, masseuses are able to encourage blood flow from one area of the body to another.
Improve Range of Motion
Former athletes, people recovering from surgery, and those who sustained a traumatic injury often suffer from a decreased range of motion. Not only can poor range of motion make it difficult to accomplish everyday tasks, but it can be incredibly painful.
Range of motion is dependent on a lot more than healthy joints. For a truly smooth range of motion, you must also improve the health of the surrounding tendons, ligaments, and muscles. Massage therapy can help tone and strengthen muscles while improving flexibility.
Strengthen Your Immune System
Mental health plays a major role in your physical health. Studies show that people with higher reported levels of anxiety get sick more often than those without anxiety. Not only have regular massage sessions been shown to reduce anxiety, but they’ve also been known to have a direct impact on the immune system. By boosting your immune system’s cytotoxic capacity (your body’s level of “killer cells”) and improving your body’s ability to deliver nourishment, regular massages can improve your ability to fight off diseases.
Reduce Pain Levels
Traditional forms of pain management, such as pain medications, can have very dangerous side effects and be costly.
Massage therapy works to reduce pain levels in a number of different ways, primarily by:
- Relaxing tense muscles, tendons, and joints.
- Relieving stress.
- Delivering oxygen-rich blood to damaged areas of the body.
- Lowering your body’s level of proteins (known as inflammatory cytokines) that cause inflammation and pain.