The health benefits of massage therapy are numerous and noteworthy. In a recent survey, indications are that over 20 million American adults and 1 million American children have received massage therapy in the past year. The reasons for this are many. A few will be discussed here. Some of the more prominent health benefits are as follows.
Simple pain relief continues to drive people to massage therapy. My neck hurts, my back hurts, and my head aches are driving me crazy. Sounds familiar doesn’t it? Plus, good health requires that I take fewer pain pills if possible. Don’t you always feel comforted from your pain after a massage? I do!
Sports Injury Rehabilitation:
We’re not getting any younger and our body reminds us of this truth every time we try to act like we are 19 years old again. Remember those teen age years when bumps and bruises were gone the next day. Gradually, as we age those gifts of youth disappear. We begin to use gentle pain relief pills. Then we progress into the prescription class. This is where the danger begins. These prescription drugs (Pain Killers) are only intended for temporary use. In a short period of time they can become very habit forming. DANGER! DANGER! DANGER! Massage therapy can offer an alternative choice during the rehabilitation period. It also offers a health alternative to these pills. Not only do massages feel good, they can increase circulation and blood flow which is essential for your body to repairing itself. At the very least it may reduce the quantity and time required to take these prescription drugs.
Stress is without a doubt a very serious health condition. It causes lots of things to go off track in our bodies. Blood Pressure rises, muscles begin to tighten, head aches occur, and our temper is on edge. These all by themselves can cause serious damage to your body. A warm relaxing massage almost always reduces stress levels. “A body without stress is a much happier body than one with stress” said a wise man one day. Me!
The health benefits mentioned above are general in nature and suffered by nearly everyone from time to time. If these symptoms occur more often than occasionally a consultation with your doctor may be in order. In the meantime enjoy the health benefits of massage therapy. There are many reasons to get a massage. My favorite is “Because I want to”.