When you think of a massage, generally, you think of lying on a table in the middle of a plush spa. However, massage therapy is more than just a relaxing experience. This form of massage incorporates specialized techniques designed to aid in certain health problems and promote a sense of well-being.
1. Soft Tissue Injuries and Strains
When you injure a muscle, in addition to hurting, it may also swell. A massage loosens the muscle tissue in order to reduce pain and swelling. The increased blood flow to the area helps to speed up the healing process. The blood flow brings vitamins and nutrients necessary for the healing process to the site.
2. Anxiety and Insomnia
Anxiety is a common problem for people in the United States. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental illness in the U.S. Anxiety affects 40 million adults in the nation ages 18 or older, which is equivalent to about 18 percent of the population. This isn't counting the number of individuals who experience occasional anxiety. Rather than take a medication, those who have anxiety may benefit from a massage. The process is relaxing, and it may even have an impact on insomnia. Those who have regular massages tend to improve the quality of their sleep.
3. Improves Healing and Recovery After Surgery
After you have surgery, massage therapy has the potential to reduce swelling. Ultimately, this reduces the amount of pain a person has and improves the healing process. Massage therapy reduces the amount of scarring a person has by encouraging blood flow to the area, so it heals. Massage therapy promotes tissue regeneration, which is the process damaged tissue goes through to heal itself.
4. Joint Flexibility
Massage may target the joints and help reduce pain. This is especially beneficial to those who have issues that cause pain in the joints. Additionally, massaging the joints helps relieve tension and pain in the muscles around the joint. This can increase a person's flexibility. This can lead to an increase in mobility. Massage therapy can help those who have a sports-related joint injury, and even those who are training in a sport can benefit.
Headaches occur for various reasons including stress and anxiety. Massage therapy can target certain points that help to relieve stress. This therapy relaxes a person and soothes sore muscles. Neck pain has the potential to contribute to headaches, but massage therapy can reduce the pain.