benefits of massage

Treating the Body

Massage has been proven beneficial in treating fatigue, sleep disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes, low back pain, immunity suppression, spinal cord injury, autism, post-operative surgery, age-related disorders, infertility, eating disorders, smoking cessation, depression, cancer-related issues, and stress-related tension, which, experts believe, accounts for 80%-90% of disease. Massage is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. It’s increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations.

In response to massage, specific physiological and chemical changes cascade throughout the body, with profound effects.

 

The physiological benefits of massage include:

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Increasing Circulation, allowing  the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs.
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Stimulating the lymph system, the body’s natural defense against toxic invaders.
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Relaxing and softening injured and overused muscles.
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Reducing spasms and cramping.
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Increasing joint flexibility.
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Reducing recovery time for strenuous workouts and eliminating pain caused by athletic endeavors.
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Releasing endorphins, the Body’s Natural Painkiller. For this reason Massage is  being incorporated into treatment for Chronic Illness, Injury, and Recovery from surgery to control and Relieve Pain.
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Reducing Post-Surgery adhesions and edema, reducing and realigning scar tissue after healing has occurred.
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Improving range of motion and decreasing discomfort for patients with low back pain.
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Relieving pain for migraine sufferers and decreasing the need for medication.
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Provides exercise and stretching for atrophied muscles and reducing shortening of the muscles for those with restricted range of motion.
It’s important to note that there are some conditions where massage is not recommended.

For example, massage is contraindicated in people with:

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Certain Forms Of Cancer
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Phlebitis
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Some Cardiac Problems
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Some Skin Conditions
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Infectious Diseases