Top 10 Benefits of Massage Therapy


Massage therapy is beneficial across the healthcare spectrum from mental health to athletic performance to healing after an injury or surgery. Here are 10 reasons you should consider adding massage to your care journey.

Number 1: Pain reduction. Massage can reduce acute, chronic, and joint pain. (Just ask someone with arthritis or sciatica.)

Number 2: Reduce stress. A massage can help lower daily stress and other related conditions, such as tension headaches. If you lead a busy, stressful life, incorporate massage into your routine and you’ll quickly feel a difference.

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Number 3: Headache relief. A massage can help reduce tension headaches, mitigate migraine pain, and prevent future headaches.

Number 4: Increase flexibility. A massage improves tissue elasticity. Without a massage, joints and tendons will feel stiff and are more prone to injuries. (If you forget to stretch before exercising, you’ll know this is true.)

Number 5: Improve sleep. Massage can relax your body and mind, which can help you get some much-needed sleep. Give it a try if you have insomnia or irregular sleep patterns.

Number 6: Boost immunity. Regular sessions will increase the production of Killer T cells, which help our body combat viruses. 

Number 7: Sharpen focus. A good massage will lower your heart rate and slow your nervous system down, allowing you to focus and pay attention better than before. People diagnosed with ADHD can also benefit.

Number 8: Enhance athletic performance. A massage can increase the productivity of muscles, tendons, and joints.

Number 9. Diminish depression and anxiety. Massage is a mood enhancer. Gentle touch can release hormones in your body, including serotonin (the happy chemical).

Number 10: Lessen post-operative pain. After surgery, massage ensures better blood and oxygen flow, helping the body heal faster. Studies show massage not only helps you deal with pain but also reduces pain.

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