All About Therapeutic Massage
Massage therapy is considered part of integrative medicine and involves the manipulation of the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. According to the latest survey by American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), over half of all massage consumers received the last massage for health and wellness reasons, of which 63% state it was part of a treatment plan from a doctor or medical provider.
People get massage therapy for a wide range of reasons, and learning about its possible health benefits can help you decide if it is a fit for your health/wellness plan.
Eight Great Reasons to Get a Massage
Massage increases the circulation of blood, which reduces the symptoms of ischemia, and the circulation of lymph, which increases removal of toxins and wastes. Increased circulation of blood and lymph to and from the bones also enhances the health of the skeleton.
Massage warms in and around muscles to loosen fascia and restore movement and circulation to them, increases nutrition and development of muscles by stimulating circulation, and breaks down tissues adhesions.
Massage increases production of dopamines, endorphins, and enkephalins that are the brain’s pain relieving chemicals. It also increases oxytocin and serotonin, which increases the pain threshold and diminishes pain, respectively.
Increased body awareness
Improved immune system function
Massage increases lymph flow helps the body fight germs.
Massage stimulates the parasympathetic nervous response, which benefits digestion.
Massage reduces levels of the stress hormones cortisol and norepinephrine levels.
Improved feeling of well-being
A growing body of research shows the efficacy of massage therapy in treating a wide array of conditions. According to Mayo Clinic massage therapy may be helpful in managing:
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia related stress
- Neck and back pain (upper and lower)
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Nerve pain
- Soft tissues strains and injuries
- Sports injuries
- Temporomandibular joint pain
Whether you are looking for relief from a specific condition or just relaxation, consider adding massage therapy to your routine. At Minneapolis Health and Wellness, we have three highly trained massage therapists. Each have their own style of massage and area of specialization. Tell us what you want and we’ll suggest the right therapist for your needs.