You might be asking yourself, sure massage sounds nice, but could it actually help me? Research shows there are indeed many benefits to massage therapy.
According to The University of California SF, "Massage can reduce pain and anxiety for people with chronic illnesses, such as cancer, and reduce the physiological burden of stress. It can help treat conditions including stress-related tension, cancer-related fatigue, sleep disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes, low back pain and depression, just to name a few."
As a Licensed Massage Therapist, I have personally seen the benefits of receiving regular massage therapy on many patients. Many people ask, how often should I come in to receive the most benefit from a massage? The answer depends on the individual and the condition we are working with. For example, someone wanting to help with overall wellness and maintenance of stress and mild soreness would benefit from coming in once a month for a massage. On the other hand, someone dealing with chronic pain such as fibromyalgia may need more frequent treatments, such as once a week or every other week massage visits. Also, someone with headaches may need to come in at varying frequencies depending on their level of symptoms. One month they may only need to come in once and the next, they may want to come in for two or three visits depending on their pain levels.
There are so many benefits of adding massage therapy into your routine. "Research has shown that massage can reduce heart rate, lower blood pressure and increase blood circulation and lymph flow. It also relaxes muscles, improves range of motion and increases endorphins... Therapeutic massage does not increase muscle strength, although it can stimulate weak and inactive muscles, which helps compensate for lack of exercise and inactivity caused by illness or injury."
Ranging from chronic to acute conditions, "Massage can help treat stress-related physical conditions, including: Anxiety and depression, fatigue, headaches and migraines, pain, including muscle tension, back, shoulder and neck pain, and repetitive stress injuries."
Ask your Massage Therapist if regular massage could help with your health and wellness journey today!