We’ve been advised from time to time to get massages. It’s believed to relax your muscles and improve your blood circulation.
Massage is perhaps one of the oldest healing traditions. Many ancient civilizations including the Ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Chinese and Indians – were convinced of the therapeutic properties of massage and used it to treat a variety of ailments.
The definition of massage therapy (including myotherapy) is the practice of kneading or manipulating a person’s muscles and other soft-tissue in order to improve their wellbeing or health.
It is a form of manual therapy that includes holding, moving, and applying pressure to the muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia.
It usually involves the use of pressure points as well.
The term ‘massage therapy’ is used to describe a wide variety of techniques that vary in the manner in which touch, pressure and the intensity of the treatment is applied.
According to evidence, massages can be effective on people with subacute/chronic low back pain, delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), anxiety, stress, soft tissue injuries, high blood pressure, and insomnia.
Benefits can also aid those with chronic disease and life threatening illness such as cancer.
One of the immediate and well-known benefits of massage is a feeling of deep relaxation and calm.
This occurs because massage prompts the release of endorphins the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that produce feelings of wellbeing. Again, the knowledge of pressure points come into play.
Levels of stress hormones, such as adrenalin, cortisol and norepinephrine, are also reduced. These hormones are responsible for making people feel more agitated.
Studies indicate that high levels of stress hormones impair the immune system.
The benefits that come after getting massage usually are reduced muscle tension improved circulation, stimulation of the lymphatic system, reduction of stress hormones, relaxation, improved joint mobility and flexibility, improved skin tone, improved recovery of soft tissue injuries, heightened mental alertness along with reduced anxiety and depression.
So as you can see, massages every now and then can be good for your health. This is especially good for those who get muscle aches frequently.
5th March 2020 19:30