It is becoming more apparent how the importance of regular massage therapy can play an important role in your overall health. We might think a massage as a luxury or as a way to pamper yourself. But there’s growing evidence that massage therapy actually has a variety of medical benefits regardless of the condition of your body. Massage therapy can also be an important part of how health practitioners care for their patients with certain health disorders.
Massage therapy is great for the entire body
Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine use massage as a part of the routine medical care to ensure well-being. A full body massage can boost the immune function. It can have multiple cardiovascular benefits (like lower heart rate and blood pressure). And finally, regular massage therapy (along with standard asthma treatments) can improve lung function in children.
Two of the most popular types of massage are deep tissue and Swedish massage. Deep Tissue (neuromuscular) massage is wonderful for someone with a lot of trigger points and carries chronic muscle tension. Swedish massage is more suited for someone who maybe doesn’t have the strength to undergo a deep tissue massage (perhaps they have a weaker constitution or are getting over an illness.)
Massage is great for stress and pain
When therapists use massage on their patients, the number one reported benefit remains stress reduction. Too much stress can suppress immune function and can even lower wound healing. Studies have also shown that patients who get regular massages lower their anxiety and stress levels.
It can also ease overall muscle tension. Massage therapists are adept at working where the body’s muscle tension is held the tightest.
Massage works to release that muscle tension and helps to lessen the amount of inflammation in the body. This can ultimately help drop the cortisol response and have a variety of positive health outcomes that aren’t immediately evident.
Massage also has the ability to help with pain. For example, patients who have back pain can achieve dramatic pain reduction when working with massage therapists. Other disorders, like arthritis and fibromyalgia, are areas where massage therapy can be very helpful.
If you’re wondering how to choose a massage therapist, consider conducting an initial phone interview. You can call us at 813-254-4777. Spend some time asking questions to find out what the massage therapist’s philosophy is and why it is important for regular massage therapy sessions. If you have an existing medical condition that you need help with, ask if they are willing to work with your doctor or primary care team to help treat your condition.
Schedule a massage in South Tampa
We realize the importance of regular massage therapy and invite you to take advantage of one of our membership options. You can call us at 813-254-4777 and speak with one of our team members to explain the benefits. Or you can book a massage appointment online.