Lesser-Known Benefits Of Massage
At this point, you are probably already well aware of the many benefits of massage therapy – or at least some of them. After all, there is nothing like a good, relaxing massage on the weekend or even during the weekdays after a hard day put into the daily grind at the office. With that said, you might not be aware of some of the more subtle benefits of massage. It definitely does way more good for you than just helping you to relax and sleep well at night. If you are not already enthused to get a relaxing massage every now and then, well you should be after reading this article. Here are some of the more subtle, often understated benefits of massage.
Easing Muscle Pain
Muscle pain caused by stress and repeated strain on a particular body part can actually be relieved by a simple massage. As long as you are not suffering from any pinched nerve, which is really within the realm of chiropractic treatment, then getting a good massage for something like a stiff neck or sore shoulders can actually be quite therapeutic. The reason for this is the gentle maneuvers used in massage helps in blood circulation and in effect, relieves pain. It’s very much like how when you rub your knee after scraping it against something, it helps to ease the pain. Furthermore, in a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, it was found that massage is actually just as effective as other forms of treatment for back pain.
As hard as it might be to believe, a simple massage can actually boost your body’s natural immune function. When you undergo a massage, the process actually boosts your body’s white blood cell count. This is documented in a study published in the Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. In fact, it has even been found that massage has immune-boosting benefits.
There’s nothing like a good massage to ease the tension in your neck and shoulders. Also, did you know that a massage can help to get rid of a headache. The next time that you experience a headache, don’t be so quick to take those painkillers. Instead, try scheduling a massage with a massage parlor. Depending on your massage therapist, you may be able to specific which parts of the body to focus on. If possible, tell the massage therapist that you have a headache and therefore, you want the focus of the message to be on the head, neck and shoulder area. A good head massage should also involve the bridge of the nose, the sides of the face and the eyes (keep them closed, of course).
Massage has been proven to be very effective for relieving tension headaches in particular.
Relieving Shoulder and Neck Stress
Because you probably sit down in front of a computer in an office environment most of the time (most of us do), you are probably prone to experiencing stiffness and tension in those areas. A good massage can help to relieve this and also correct your posture. Pain or weakness in the lower back area can be the result of staying in a sitting position seated in front of a desk all day. Fortunately, a nice, relaxing massage can melt all that stress away.
Easing Anxiety and Depression
While many people are still dismissive about anxiety and depression, if you have experienced it before, then you should know how real it can get. Because of the therapeutic benefits of simple human touch, massage therapy has been shown to ease anxiety and depression particularly in women who have breast cancer and who are prone to being irritable and angry.