As I’m helping to put joints in the body back to working order in my chiropractic office, a lot of people mention other various ailment and treatments they’ve tried to feel better or more limber. In my experience and studies, I’ve seen the dramatic effects massage can have on the body coupled with the chiropractic treatments I provide for getting the body working right. I thought I’d put together a short list of massage benefits you may be surprised to learn.
Shorten or Prevent Illness
If it seems as you are always sick with whatever everyone has, there is hope! A significant benefit of massage is that it can shorten illness or prevent getting sick. Studies have shown that massage can actually increase the production of your body’s white blood cells. This results in a boost to your immune system and help fight viruses.
Reduce Stretch Marks
If you’re having trouble with stretch marks from weight or because of pregnancy, you may have tried quite a few things to rid yourself of them. You can often reduce those stretch marks with a cocoa butter massage. Coco butter softens the skin, and massage increases circulation and promotes good healing.
Another more common benefit of massage is that it can exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles. Did you know many of the top athletes use massage as a secret weapon for performing at their very best. But massage is well known for benefiting athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
Alleviate Back Pain
Massage is also known to alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion. As a chiropractor I often refer patients that need muscle work done after their adjustment for massage. I find that massage and chiropractic work very well together. In addition when problems with the fascia present themselves there are times that I refer to a massage therapist for specific work to be done, for instance to reduce post-surgery adhesions and swelling.
Massage has been found to release endorphins (amino acids) that work as the body’s natural painkiller. Massage has even been shown to relieve migraine pain and reduce spasms and cramping throughout the body. And many of my pregnant patients have told me that a massage assisted with shorter, easier labor for them. Massage has been shown to shorten maternity hospital stays.
Help With Skin and Other Conditions
Lubrication is essential but did you know, many oils used by therapist today have a long history in the healing arts? Most oils reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep, and help with sore muscles but some also contain anti-oxidants which can reduce signs of aging, improve skin conditions such as eczema and acne, and heighten your libido. Ask your massage therapist to try a variety of oils and scents during your massage. This is crucial because oil has different effects on people.
Massages differ from person to person. Focus on the areas and techniques that seem to generate a positive response from your body. Don’t be afraid to ask your therapist their opinion, either!
Before you get the massage, tell your massage therapist about any medical conditions that concern you. This also means letting them know if you’re pregnant. This information gives the therapist the ability to give you the proper massage in your particular situation. If information is omitted, complications could ensue.
I hope that this information has brought to light some of the massage benefits that can improve your well-being. I’ve seen it firsthand help many of my clients in their situation. Massage can help “get your body working right!”
If you’d like to schedule a massage with one of our talented therapist, call us at (623) 218-6676. Every once in a while we run special offers on massage packages so feel free to ask!