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  • Dr. Eric Carlsen

6 Benefits of Massage Therapy

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1. It can counteract time spent sitting too much.

Many of us are dealing with postural stress that shows up in our shoulder and neck muscles. More advanced forms of postural stress show up as pain or weakness in the low back and gluteal muscles caused by prolonged periods of sitting. Massage therapy can help release the muscle tightness caused by sitting too much. Regular massage, along with frequent breaks can improve pain.

2. It can reduce muscle pain and discomfort.

Massage increases and improves circulation. The enhanced circulation helps to reduce inflammation thereby reducing discomfort.

3. It soothes anxiety and depression.

Human touch, in a context that is safe, friendly, and professional, can be incredibly therapeutic and relaxing.

A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry found that patients who were depressed and anxious were much more relaxed and happier, and had reduced stress levels after massage.

4. It improves sleep.

Not only do the benefits of massage encourage restful sleep, but it also helps those who cannot otherwise comfortably rest. By reducing muscle pain and stiffness, you are able to be more relaxed and comfortable when sleeping.

5. It boosts immunity.

A 2010 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that massage boosts patients’ white blood cell count, which plays a large role in defending the body from disease.

6. It relieves headaches.

Next time a headache hits, try booking a last-minute massage. Massage decreases the frequency and severity of tension headaches,” says de Miranda. Research from Granada University in Spain found that a single session of massage therapy immediately affects perceived pain in patients with chronic tension headaches.

So, the next time you are feeling tense and sore or having trouble sleeping, consider booking a massage with our therapist. Your body will thank you.


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