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Benefits of Massage Therapy

Have you ever gotten a massage? Do you feel like a massage is a luxury and you only get one on special occasions? I bet you don’t know all of the many health benefits, both physical and mental! But first, do you know why are massages so good for you? In a nutshell, they improve circulation of your blood, which helps bring oxygen and nutrients to your bones. It also helps stretch your muscles, reducing muscular tension, cramps and increases joint movement. If you believe in Eastern medicine, some believe that massages also release toxins from the body. Here are some of the amazing benefits of massage therapy:

  1. Reduce stress. No matter what you are stressed out about, a massage can relax you and ease tense muscles.
  2. Reduce anxiety and depression. Even if you are dealing with something more serious than daily stress, massage can help you feel better. It can reduce both the physical and mental symptoms of anxiety and depression.
  3. Relieve postoperative pain. If you are getting surgery, ask your doctor when and if you can have a massage following your surgery. It can help reduce pain and induce healing.
  4. Manage neck and back pain. If you regularly have neck and back pain, seeing a massage therapist can help. You might also want to see a chiropractor. Generally, chiropractors and massage therapists work closely together.
  5. Relieve migraines and other types of headaches, especially tension headaches.
  6. Decrease pain from painful diseases like fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and carpal tunnel.
  7. Help reduce stress and nausea in cancer and chemotherapy patients.
  8. Enhance your exercise performance. If you are an athlete, ask about sports or deep tissue massages. It can also help with sports injuries. If you’ve been injured and are in physical therapy, ask how a massage can be added to your treatment.
  9. Help you sleep better, especially if you have insomnia or don’t sleep because of pain issues.
  10. Lower your blood pressure and increase relaxation.
  11. Increase range of motion.
  12. Enhance your immune system so you won’t get sick as often.
  13. Reduce spasms or cramping, especially in the legs.
  14. Help manage pain in pregnant women.
  15. It has been said that increased visits will give you better results. Try getting a massage once a month for all over health benefits.

What’s holding you back from trying massage therapy? If you are worried about the cost, try websites like Groupon for deals! After a massage, make sure you drink a lot of water to stay hydrated.

Have you ever gotten a massage? Do you get regular massages? What types of issues do massages help you manage? Share with us!

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing lrstewar@gmail.com.