Massage Therapy is relaxing and it certainly feels good, but there are many benefits to massage therapy which you may not be aware. Massage therapy increases blood supply, oxygen, nutrition to muscles, tissue, joints, and the cital organs. These improve circulation throughout the body. This helps muscles to recover more quickly from exertion and fatigue (especially useful after strenuous workout), and helps to relieve pain or discomfort associated with muscle tension, fractures, sprains, sciatica and stiff joints.
Massage therapy aids in the relief of muscle spasms or cramping, and helps in the prevention of muscular atrophy. Massage therapy also helps break up scar tissue and is expecially useful in the breakup of post surgical adhesions and edema. It promotes a greater range of motion in joints and keeps ligaments and tendons supple. It lowers blood pressure, one's heart rate, reduces stress, anxiety, and even depression. As massage helps reduce no tonly physical but mental stress, it is often recommended as part of a regular program for stress management.
Migraine sufferers, elderly persons, and pregnant mothers may find massage particularly beneficial. Myofascial trigger pints in the muscles of the neck often cause headache pain. A massage therapist can press their fingers deeply into the knotted muscles of the neck of a client suffering from a headache, in order to release the trigger points that are causing the pain or tension. As the senior population rises and people continue to live longer, massage offers a way for elderly persons to deal with some of the issues associated with old age, sucha as arthritis, tendonitis, and brusitis. Massage provides natural means of joint lubrication through improved circulation and mobility. Massage causes the body to release endorphines that act as natural painkillers. Massage helps relieve many of the normal discomforts that a mother experiences during pregnancy, such as back, neck, and leg pain, as well as the pain and discomfort brought about by swollen feet and ankles.
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