Massage Therapy at Wolschlager Wellness in Algonquin
Massage therapy is a popular and well-known type of alternative medicine which involves the manipulation of soft tissues in the body, including the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, and ligaments. Massage therapy has a long history, with references to it dating back to ancient China and Egypt. 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.
Why Massage Therapy?
Massage is generally considered part of integrative medicine. It's increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations. There are many different types of massage, including these common types:
A Few Benefits of Massage Therapy
Sure, it can help you relax — but massage therapy can do much more than that. Massage therapy may help relieve anxiety, heal injuries, and even improve sleep.
If you experience an injury or joint pain, you’ll also have what are called soft-tissue restrictions, which cause knots or trigger points of pain. Massage therapists are getting rid of soft-tissue restrictions and increasing circulation. Those restrictions can, over time, lead to problems like joint decay or other ligament problems, so by actively massaging out those soft-tissue restrictions, you’re not only helping your current injury, but also helping prevent against other problems down the road.
If you suffer from anxiety, some studies suggests that a massage can actually help significantly reduce your symptoms. Your body actually has two different nervous systems: the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight) and the parasympathetic nervous system. During a massage, your parasympathetic (or calming) response is increased, which results in a decrease in anxiety.
Have trouble sleeping or suffer from insomnia? Massage can actually help you sleep more deeply. Not only do benefits of massage encourage a restful sleep, it also helps those who can’t otherwise comfortably rest. Plus, when you’re getting deeper, more restorative sleep, that in turn reduces your levels of substance P (a neurotransmitter for pain), which reduces overall pain.
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Other Benefits of Massage
Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort and connection.
No matter what the cause of your fatigue is, one easy solution is (you guessed it) a massage. One 2018 study found that breast cancer survivors who received weekly Swedish massages experienced a reduction in their fatigue, a particularly debilitating effect of the disease.
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.
Massage can decrease the frequency and severity of tension headaches. Research from Granada University in Spain found that a single session of massage therapy immediately effects perceived pain in patients with chronic tension headaches.
Massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being.
Most people think of massage therapy as a way to relax and pamper oneself. While it is certainly true that massage can help to reduce stress and promote feelings of wellbeing, it also offers a number of other benefits for the body. Massage therapy can also help to improve circulation, increase range of motion, and treat conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, TMJ and fibromyalgia. Discuss the pros and cons of massage with your therapist, especially if you are pregnant or if you have cancer or unexplained pain.
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