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The Benefits of Massage
What exactly are the benefits of receiving massage?
There’s no denying the power of massage. Regardless of how we describe it (pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic) or the reasons we seek it out (stress relief, pain management, a special treat), massage therapy can be a powerful friend in your healthcare program.
It is estimated that up to 90% of disease may be stress related. So, perhaps nothing ages us faster than high stress. While removing 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
- Reduce tension
- Stimulate the lymphatic system
Along with other things, clients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving a massage. The emotional balance massage provides can often be just as important and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits.
While massage is generally considered part of alternative medicine, it’s increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations. Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
- Digestive disorders
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Paresthesias and nerve pain
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people just enjoy massage because it often invloves caring, comfort, a sense of empowerment and creating deep connections with their therapist.
Risks May Outweigh the Benefits
In my effort to provide you with the best experience you can receive, in addition to providing you with the benefits of massage, it’s also within my duty to inform you of the possible risks.
While most people can benefit from massage, there are times when massage may not be appropriate. Please think twice about massage and defiantly ask your physician if you have:
- Bleeding disorders or take blood-thinning medication
- Burns, open or healing wounds
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Severe osteoporosis
- Severe thrombocytopenia
Discuss the pros and cons of massage with your doctor, especially if you are pregnant or have cancer or unexplained pain.
Some forms of massage can leave you feeling a bit sore the next day. But massage shouldn’t ordinarily be painful or uncomfortable. If any part of your massage doesn’t feel right or painful, speak up right away. Most serious problems come from too much pressure during massage.
In very rare circumstances, massage may cause:
- Internal bleeding
- Nerve damage
- Temporary paralysis
- Allergic reactions to massage oils or lotions
Despite it’s benefits, massage isn’t meant as a replacement for regular medical care. Let your doctor know you’re trying massage and be sure to follow any standard treatment plans you have. Plus, it’s a benefit to you, if you let me know of any current medications you are currently taking.
If this is your first massage with me, try my Introductory Massage Session and we can discuss any questions you have for me.