Massage Is Way More Than Just A Way To Relax
Would you like to know a surprising fact about massage?
85% of patients say that they have used massage therapy as a way to relieve their pain or as an alternative treatment to pain medications and narcotics.
It is not just patients making the choice to give massage therapy a try.
More and more doctors in Toledo are recommending massage as a part of the first treatment options to try for conditions like low back pain, sciatica, and neck pain.
Massage Therapy Center of Sylvania has been saying the same thing for over 12 years. Our focus has always been on treating pain, dysfunction, and to promote healing through our massage practice in the Toledo area. Massage is a fantastic way to relax of course, but it can also benefit your body in many other ways.
The effects of massage on your body
No matter what type of massage treatment you choose, whether myofascial release therapy, deep tissue or even Swedish, the massage strokes and pressure all result in positive changes to your body.
Here are a few examples of how massage affects different body systems:
Massage Therapy and Your Musculoskeletal system
Massage reduces muscle tension, stretches tissues, improves range of motion, and releases knots or trigger points in muscles and myofascial tissues.
Massage therapy can help relax muscles, decrease soreness, and can help restore the muscle's tone.
When these benefits are combined with stimulating your circulatory system, massage becomes a key therapy for treating musculoskeletal injuries.
If you suffer from osteoarthritis, massage can really help reduce your stiffness and pain.
Massage Therapy and Your Respiratory system
Massage can lessen tension by encouraging you to breathe slowly and deeply as you relax. This type of breathing also calms your nervous system.
Percussive massage clears chest congestion, while trigger point release can greatly reduce sinus pressure. Every time I get a cold, I make sure to give myself a sinus massage!
Massage may also help improve lung function in patients with asthma.
Massage Therapy and Your Circulatory system
Massage improves the flow of blood and lymphatic fluids.
As a result of better blood flow, every part of your body gets a boost in oxygen and nutrients, which accelerates healing and reduces inflammation.
Meanwhile, your lymph system eliminates waste more efficiently. For more information check out our post on Lymphatic Drainage Therapy.
A massage helps reduce fluid buildup like swelling and edema and can help reduce bruising.
Massage Therapy and Your Immune system
While more research is needed to determine all the ways massage may enhance your immune system, Swedish massage is known to increase white blood cells, which protect from disease, and may decrease the number of inflammatory chemicals in your body.
Relieve pain with medical and therapeutic massage
Massage therapy shines when it comes to alleviating pain. Massage stimulates special receptors and nerves that send pain messages to your brain, essentially short-circuiting pain receptors which reduces pain.
Have you ever heard of substance P? It is the name for the neurotransmitter in your brain which is closely associated with pain sensations.
While massage is recommended as the first line of treatment for lower back pain, it’s helpful for many other painful conditions from head to toe. Migraines, neck strains, shoulder pain, hip problems, knee pain, and if you are like me, I use massage to manage issues with my ankles and plantar fasciitis.