Benefits of Massage

 

 

 

According to the American Massage Therapy Association,  massage can...

 

  • Relieve Stress

  • Boost Immunity

  • Reduce Anxiety

  • Manage low-back pain

  • Help fibromyalgia pain

  • Reduce muscle tension

  • Enhance exercise performance

  • Relieve tension headaches

  • Improve Sleep

  • Ease symptoms of depression

  • Improve cardiovascular health

  • Reduce pain of osteoarthritis

  • Decrease stress in cancer patients

  • Improve balance in older adults

  • Decrease rheumatoid arthritis pain

  • Temper effects of dementia

  • Promote relaxation

  • Lower Blood Pressure

  • Decrease symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Help chronic neck pain

  • Lower joint replacement pain

  • Increase range of motion

  • Decrease migraine frequency

  • Improve quality of life in Hospice care

  • Reduce chemo-therapy related nausea [1]

 

Image by Michelle Edmunds Photography

Image by Michelle Edmunds Photography

Massage applications can treat symptoms for various health conditions and may also be used as a preventative healthcare method since it is known to promote general wellbeing and increase immunity.

 

Massage therapy helps to relieve muscle tension, which can alleviate chronic or acute pain, trigger points, myofascial pain, or injury.

 

Treatments can improve joint mobility and range of motion, postural issues, enhance circulation, facilitate emotional release, and stimulate the relaxation response, which helps to relieve stress, anxiety and depression.

 

“Stress reduction, reduced anxiety, and increased feelings of well-being are examples of the general benefits of massage… well-designed research studies [and 9 variables] found strong evidence that single massage applications can reduce anxiety, blood pressure, and heart rate, and that multiple applications can reduce assessment of pain. Strongest evidence was found that massage therapy decreases state anxiety and depression.”[2]

 

 

[1] American Massage Therapy Association AMTAMassage.org

 

[2] Patricia J. Benjamin, author of ‘Tappan’s Handbook of Healing Massage Techniques’

 

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