Benefits of Massage

The benefits of massage therapy are undeniable. Medical research involving the field of massage therapy is exciting and ongoing. This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the the varied conditions for which massage therapy has been indicated in treatment or management of symptoms.

Massage therapy can help decrease pain

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By interrupting pain signals as they’re perceived by the brain (desensitization), as well as addressing pain-causing tension within the soft tissues of the body, massage therapy can provide relief to many people who suffer with various types of pain conditions.

Massage therapy supports digestion and immunity

Because massage calms our “fight or flight” response, as well as stimulates the area of the nervous system that regulates the digestive system and the immune system, massage therapy has been shown to contribute to a better state of overall health and well-being.

Massage therapy increases range of motion

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By employing stretching and lengthening techniques we can increase the extensibility of muscle tissue. With passive and active range of motion techniques as well as body mobilization techniques we can dis-adhere tissues which may be stuck within the joint capsule and hindering the ability to achieve full range of motion at that joint.

Massage therapy is good for your heart

Even in one single treatment massage therapy has been shown to reduce blood pressure (temporarily) as well as heart rate.

Massage therapy may decrease anxiety

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Research into the beneficial effects of massage therapy on anxiety and depression is in it’s infancy, but the results so far are promising. Reductions of trait anxiety and depression have been shown in clinical studies and more research into massage therapy as a reliable treatment for these conditions is warranted. Even one single massage session has been shown to reduce state anxiety in clinical trials.

Massage therapy has been indicated in the treatment of:

TMJ Disorder, migraines, tension headaches, muscle pain, Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder), Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Thoracic Outlet Syndrome), functional constipation, Osteoarthritis, Scoliosis, nerve entrapment as well as numerous other medical conditions.