Have you thought about getting a massage, but unsure what this involves or what to expect? Many people love massage, experiencing benefits for their body and mind. Plus, the correct technique can complement chiropractic care. Let’s take a look at this approach to see if it suits you.
What does massage involve?
The exact technique depends on the type of massage. However, as a broad overview, it manipulates the body’s soft tissues − the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and fascia. A trained therapist should provide your massage and customise treatment to suit your needs. Specific areas can be addressed, for example, your back, shoulders, legs, or just your head. Particular health conditions should be taken into account.
What are the benefits of massage?
From reducing pain and improving function, to aiding faster recovery, the advantages of massage are diverse. Enhanced flexibility and reduced muscle soreness after exercise are notable outcomes, alongside heightened blood circulation to muscles and skin. Moreover, psychological benefits are also possible. By enhancing parasympathetic activity, massage can lead to elevated relaxation and alertness, activating the 'relaxation response.'
What do the studies say?
A 2020 review study published in the peer-reviewed journal Frontiers in Psychology noted that massage can help "migraines, depression, asthma, low birth weight infants, general pain reduction, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, stress reduction, and overall increase in well-being and immune functioning."
Recent research continues to support and uncover the benefits of massage. In older adults, it has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression, relieve muscle pain after exercise, and decrease balance problems and associated fear of falling.
Similarly, during pregnancy, massage appears to reduce stress, lessen back and leg pain, lower levels of depression and anxiety, and boost neurotransmitters ("nerve messengers"), serotonin and dopamine, essential for mood enhancement and pleasure.
As research continually uncovers the wide-ranging benefits of massage it reinforces the significance of this ancient practice for overall health and well-being. Ask use if a massage is right for you - we're happy to help!
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