What are the health benefits of Massage?

With all the rush of today's fast paced life, Americans have found that an occasional relaxing massage is just the right way to pamper yourself. While many will agree that massages feel great, few people are aware of the promising Health benefits that frequent massages can do for your body. Below we have highlighted some of the more prominent health benefits associated with massage therapy.

Helps Reduce Stress

While stress can increase while driving to a job interview, or before a college test final, chronic stress is also possible with longer stress situations like financial difficulties, family problems or even chronic illness. When your body senses stress, your blood pressure and heart rate increase and your muscles tighten. Continued stress can cause a detrimental effect on the body. Thankfully, it has been found that massage can help your body relax, calming not only the body but the mind and bringing relief to your stress.

Lowers Anxiety Level

Just like stress, there is many reasons someone can find themselves with higher levels of anxiety in today's world, and the symptoms of anxiety can be found on the back, neck, shoulders or other areas of the body. Studies have shown, that massage increases the body's levels of oxytocin and serotonin which results in lower anxiety and improved mood.

Helps Reduce Pain

There are many Americans who live taking pain killers on a weekly or even daily basis due to body pain. Pain can affect your work, daily performance and quality of life but the side effects of pain medicine and the risk of becoming dependent on medication can be worry-some. Massage has been found to be a great alternative to medication, as it has been found to help reduce pain from various bone, muscle or other body pain.

Sleep Better

It is estimated that 50 to 70 million Americans experience sleep issues that in turn affect their health, often leading to low work performance, obesity, slow reaction time and a higher risk for long term health illness. Studies have shown that massage can improve sleep in infants, children, adults, and the elderly alike, as well as individuals with psychiatric disorders, fibromyalgia, cancer, heart disease, lower back pain, cerebral palsy, and breast disease.

Enhance Exercise Performance

Sports massage therapy is gaining popularity as useful practice in a focused training regimen. Sports massage therapy has shown the benefit to enhance pre-performance preparation and also reduce recovery time for maximum performance during training or after the performance. Athletes are finding out that sports massage helps flexibility, improves endurance, reduces fatigue, helps prevent injuries and prepares their body and mind for optimal performance.

Helps Lower Blood Pressure

Long-term studies have shown that a consistent massage program can decrease diastolic and systolic blood pressure. Since Massage includes long strokes, pressure, circular motion and other techniques, it can help reduce stress levels which in turn in some people also help the blood pressure go down. In addition, massage can help improve blood circulation, help reduce swelling and improve other side effects of high blood pressure.

Decreases Migraines

A migraine is highlighted by moderate to severe pain and throbbing in the head, and can also be followed by nausea as well as light sensitivity. In some cases, these painful headaches are accompanied by warning signs, such as flashes of light, blind spots or tingling in your extremities. Although this may differ from person to person, alternative treatments like massage have been found to reduce the frequency and severity of migraines and in some cases getting rid of them for good.

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