What Conditions Can Massage Therapy Treat

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What Conditions Can Massage Therapy Treat

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People have been using massage as a treatment for a very long time. Records dating back 3000 years, unearthed in China, show that massage has been in use as a therapeutic technique for thousands of years. Massage can be used for both physical conditions like repetitive strain injuries, and mental conditions such as stress and anxiety. Massage therapy has been shown to increase blood and lymph flow, reduce heart rate and lower blood pressure.

There are many different conditions for which massage has been shown to be beneficial

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Pain: One of the principal uses of massage is to induce relaxation, and this in itself causes a reduction in pain. Massage increases blood flow to the areas experiencing pain and helps to release the body’s own painkillers, called endorphins.

Anxiety and depression: The American Massage Therapy Association has found that massage lowered the production of the human stress hormone, cortisol by 53%. This hormone is present in elevated levels in people who suffer from anxiety. It has also been found that massage increases the production of serotonin and dopamine. This in turn helps with those suffering from depression.

Headaches: Headaches and particularly migraines are attributed to a large extent to stress and fatigue, as well as underlying health issues. Massage promotes relaxation and a reduction in stress which in turn reduces the frequency and severity of headaches. Regular massage has also been linked to an increase in the ability to sleep and the quality of sleep achieved.

Surgery and Cancer Treatment Side Effects: Massage has been used both in pre and post-surgery applications to reduce stress, anxiety and depression. Woman who have used a specialist post-operative lymph drainage massage have reported reduced pain and swelling. Massage has also been shown to reduce the stress, depression and nausea after cancer treatment.

Strain Injuries: People who sit in stationary positions for a long time, have to lift heavy objects or those who put strain on a particular muscle group when playing sports benefit considerably from therapeutic massage. These activities cause symptoms such as pain, tenderness, and loss of sensation. Massage, through relaxation and renewed blood flow, can alleviate these symptoms.

Arthritis: Arthritis is as a result of the calcification of the cartilage in the joints between bones. Massage can be used to relieve inflammation by increasing blood flow and restore a range of movement to make other interventions like physiotherapy possible.

Massage can be used to treat a variety of other conditions such as:-

  • Hypertension
  • Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle spasm
  • Lower back pain
  • Cramps
  • Respiratory ailments

There is no doubt as to the relief offered by massage, and this fact has been known for many centuries. Massage is non-invasive and when administered by a trained expert can be of enormous relief to people suffering from a large variety of different conditions, both mental and physical.

It also encourages the body’s own healing mechanisms thereby decreasing injury healing time. Unfortunately, there are many unqualified people out there offering their services as massage practitioners. It would be advisable, when contemplating massage therapy, to ensure that the massage therapist is properly trained and accredited by a reputable institution.

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