Benefits of Massage
So what exactly are the benefits to receiving regular massage and/or bodywork treatments?
- Increases circulation, allowing the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients
into tissues and vital organs.
- Stimulates the flow of lymph, the body's natural defense system, against toxic
invaders. For example, in breast cancer patients, massage has been shown to increase the cells that fight cancer.
- Increased circulation of blood and lymph systems improves the condition of the body's largest organ - the skin.
- Relaxes and softens injured and overused muscles
- Reduces spasms and cramping
- Increases joint
- Reduces recovery time, helps prepare for strenuous workouts and eliminates subsequent pains of
the athlete at any level.
- Releases endorphins - the body's natural painkiller - and is being used in chronic
illness, injury and recovery from surgery to control and relieve pain.
- Reduces post-surgery adhesions and edema
and can be used to reduce and realign scar tissue after healing has occurred.
- Improves range-of-motion and decreases
discomfort for patients with low back pain.
- Relieves pain for migraine sufferers and decreases the need for medication.
- Provides exercise and stretching for atrophied muscles and reduces shortening of the muscles for those with restricted
range of motion.
- Assists with shorter labor for expectant mothers, as well as less need for medication, less
depression and anxiety, and shorter hospital stays.
Originally published in Body Sense magazine, Fall 2001.
Copyright 2001. Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals.
All rights reserved.
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