Benefits of massage

 

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.

Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.

While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:

  • Sports injuries

  • Digestive disorders

  • Headaches

  • Insomnia related to stress

  • Detoxification

  • Anxiety       

  • Paresthesias and nerve pain         

  • Soft tissue strains or injuries   

  • Chronic pain

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Myofascial pain syndrome          

  • Temporomandibular joint pain


Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often involves caring, comfort, a sense of empowerment and creating deep connections with their massage therapist.

Despite its benefits, massage isn't meant as a replacement for regular medical care. Let your doctor know you're trying massage and be sure to follow any standard treatment plans you have.

 

Risks of massage

 

Most people can benefit from massage. However, massage may not be appropriate if you have:

  • Bleeding disorders or take blood-thinning medication

  • Burns, open or healing wounds

  • Deep vein thrombosis

  • Fractures

  • Severe osteoporosis

  • Severe thrombocytopenia

Discuss the pros and cons of massage with your doctor, especially if you are pregnant or have cancer or unexplained pain.

Some forms of massage can leave you feeling a bit sore the next day. But massage shouldn't ordinarily be painful or uncomfortable. If any part of your massage doesn't feel right or is painful, speak up right away. Most serious problems come from too much pressure during massage.

In rare circumstances, massage can cause:

  • Internal bleeding

  • Nerve damage

  • Temporary paralysis

  • Allergic reactions to massage oils or lotion

 

 

Brush aside any thoughts that massage is only a feel-good way to indulge or pamper yourself. To the contrary, massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being, whether you have a specific health condition or are just looking for another stress reliever. 

 

*Remember that you are in charge of your massage session!! Don't be afraid to speak up if the pressure is too firm or not firm enough, if you feel uncomfortable or if you want any specific areas avoided or focused on. You will be covered during the entire session and only therapeutic touch will be used. Massage is a gift that you earn daily and I hope you will allow me to deliver that gift for you.

 

 Information shared from www.mayoclinic.org/healthyliving