Why is Massage Beneficial? Better yet, How is it Not??
By: Lilly Bojic, DPT
Massage affects multiple systems in your body, not just your muscles, and it starts working instantly! Massage and other soft tissue work encourages blood and lymph flow throughout the body, while mobilization and stretching helps release areas of stuck fascia and encourages proper joint movement. Firm and consistent pressure on painful knots allows blood flow back into the tissue, feeding it with the oxygen it needs to repair and heal. This fast and efficient technique can relieve pain and improve range of motion in just a few minutes.
How it helps?
Not only is massage relaxing (even treatment massage!), it encourages:
- Stress reduction
- Better sleep habits
- Boosted immune system
- Gives you more energy
- Increased focused
- Increased range of motion
- Enhanced exercise performance
- Decreased scar tissue
- Decreased facial limitation
- A better quality of life; live pain free!
Who can benefit?
Massage therapy helps heal inside and out; both your body and mind. Healing benefits of touch are well known and documented in the literature. Massage is allowing body to speed up the healing process by relaxing the muscular tissue, increasing blood circulation and improving musculoskeletal performance. In addition to this, message is very helpful with stress control and anxiety since it helps reduce the tension and gives sense of well being and relaxation. Massage therapy is is very effective with all conditions involving muscle, nerve, connective tissue, and fascia. Patients with whiplash, neck pain, shoulder pain, low back pain, pregnancy related aches and pains, sciatica, headache, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, lymphedema, postsurgical conditions, MS, Fibromialgia, sports injuries benefit greatly from massage.
What you should do?
In any session be aware of your breath, your inhale should be expanding into the areas of tightness and your exhale should come from deep in your core. Also remember to hydrate! You should be drinking half your body weight in water every day, and even more the day of a massage to help nurse the tissue and facilitate outward movement of toxins.