6 Surprising Benefits of Massage Therapy

It can even counter all the sitting you do

Registered massage therapist, kinesiologist, and owner of  Massage Therapy says that most people suffer from postural stress. Desk workers beware! Postural stress can also manifest as weakness or pain in the gluteals and low back from prolonged sitting.

Massage therapy can help balance the effects of sitting, which is quite surprising considering its many benefits. You can continue working as long as you have a regular massage.

It relieves muscle pain

Are you tired of sore muscles? Massage therapy may be able to help. Massage increases circulation. Tanason says that massaging the area around your elbow after knocking it onto a table can help relieve the pain.

An Annals of Internal Medicine study in 2011 found that massage therapy is as effective as any other treatment for chronic back pain.

It reduces anxiety and depression

Tanason says, “Human touch in a safe, friendly, and professional environment can be extremely therapeutic and relaxing.” According to a 2005 study in the International Journal of Neuroscience, women with breast cancer who had received massage therapy three days a week reported feeling less depressed and angry.

A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry found that people who are anxious or depressed were more happy and relaxed after receiving massage.

It improves your sleep

Massage can promote restful sleep and help those who cannot rest comfortably. Lisa Marie de Miranda is a registered massage therapist and kinesiologist at Massage Therapy. “Massage promotes relaxation, sleep in those who are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy,” Lisa Marie de Miranda says. Research from the University of Warwick also shows that massages can help infants sleep better, cry less, and be less stressed.

“Most RMTs can do infant massage,” says de Miranda. Parents can do it at home if they wish. There is no one technique. It doesn’t matter what parents do to calm their baby, it will work.

It increases immunity

In a 2010 study, the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medical discovered that massage increases white blood cell counts in patients. This plays an important role in protecting the body against disease. De Miranda also says that massage “improves HIV-positive individuals’ immune function.”

It reduces headaches

Book a last-minute massaging session next time you feel the pain of a headache. De Miranda says that massage reduces tension headaches’ severity and frequency. A study by Granada University, Spain showed that a single massage session can immediately reduce the pain perception in chronic tension headache sufferers.

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