Stress has many negative effects on our bodies. These effects include muscle tension, increased heart rate and increased blood pressure. Muscle tension causes physical pain, which in turn causes more stress. It’s a vicious cycle! Regular massage therapy helps to relieve those tight muscles that have been screaming in pain. It also lowers your heart rate to calm your nerves and melt the stress away.
Your posture is affected by many of the things that you do regularly in life, like driving or working at a desk. Massage plays an important role in reinforcing natural and healthy movements. Massage breaks down those aches and pains that prevent you from standing and sitting correctly. Over time, with regular massage therapy, those positions will become less painful and easier to perform.
As your massage therapist moves fluid into and out of restricted tissues in your body your circulation improves. As pressure is created and released in the soft tissues new blood flows in. This increase in circulation causes a flushing action that can carry away metabolic waste such as lactic acid from tissues. The combined result is lower blood pressure, increased circulation and an increase in lymphatic flow. Improved lymphatic drainage is one of the ways that massage therapy helps to improve immune system function.
As people age, they lose some of the natural lubricants in their connective tissues. By working connective tissue, muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints, massage therapy helps the body both retain and produce those lubricants. This makes stretching and movement easier and also makes the body more flexible.
Proper blood circulation is vital to a functioning, healthy body. Massage dilates veins and capillaries with light and deep strokes. Massage therapists also use light percussion to contract, then relax blood vessels throughout the body to improve circulation. Deep kneading increases blood flow throughout the deep arteries and veins, while compression increases the amount of blood stored in the muscle tissue. This leaves your body flushed with nutrients from the increased blood flow and it also whisks away metabolic waste. This is also the reason why most massage therapists will recommend that you increase your water intake after a massage.
Massage therapy helps clients ease tension, come to relaxation quicker, and reduce stress in the clients’ life when performed regularly. The less stress a person experiences, the less likely he or she is to get a tension headache. Also, massage therapy reduces muscle spasms and trigger points. That bit of extra pain will add a great deal of stress to your life if you don’t get rid of it quick. Finally, massage therapy increases serotonin levels, which is believed to play an important roll in the regulation of mood, sleep and appetite.
Depression often causes the structure of the body to collapse and can weaken the immune system. Massage flushes toxins that build up in muscle tissue, causes a release of endorphins, and restores the structure of your body helping your immune system function properly. Massage will help with physical pain and give you an overall feeling of well-being that has been shown to lift the symptoms of depression.
Massage therapy is well-known to improve muscle and fascia pliability and increase muscular range of motion. Massage therapy also releases the feel good endorphins that ease stress and reduce pain. Along with pain relief comes easier breathing for asthmatics and pain reduction for arthritis sufferers and those suffering from fibromyalgia pain. The benefits of massage therapy for painful conditions has been scientifically shown through research and are best achieved through regular massage therapy.
When you are suffering from fibromyalgia your body becomes extremely sensitive to touch. An open line of communication with your therapist is critical to the success of your session. Massage can release muscular tension, improve circulation, and increase range of motion. Research shows that regular massage therapy is beneficial for those suffering from fibromyalgia. If you are having pain and have been diagnosed as having fibromyalgia give massage therapy a try for relief. Because you will likely be more sensitive to pressure than an average person deep tissue massage is not recommended.