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Benefits of Massage

Benefits of Massage submitted by Nadine Clifton

Massage has many benefits beyond the typical spa relaxation massage that most people picture when they think of massage therapy. Massage has been practiced for thousands of years, and throughout that time a variety of techniques and styles have been developed to address the specific needs of the person receiving the massage.

Massage therapy can be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle to help, improve joint mobility, circulation and lymphatic drainage, and manage stress. Massage can be proactively used by athletes both pre- and post-event to help improve performance and increase recovery time.It can be used for a variety of acute and chronic conditions to help reduce or eliminate pain and muscular tension. During times of injury, massage can assist in the healing process by aligning and strengthening scar tissue, improving the quality of healing strains and sprains, reducing edema, alleviating muscle tension and helping restore range of motion of an injured joint.

The list of conditions for which massage therapy can prove beneficial is long and varied, and the following is a partial list of such conditions:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Dislocations
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle tension and spasm
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Sports injuries
  • Stress and stress related conditions
  • Tendinitis
  • Cancer symptoms
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Pregnancy and labor support
  • Strains and sprains
  • Palliative care

Incorporating massage into your healthy lifestyle can help improve both your physical and mental wellbeing. Whether you have an injury, a chronic condition or just need to relax and relieve stress, massage is a useful tool to help achieve your goals!

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