The Timeless Benefits of Massage Therapy
Posted on: 27 November 2015 by Romeo Dem
There is no denying the power of massage. Regardless of the reasons we seek it, massage therapy can be a powerful component of your healthcare regimen. Researchers estimate that as many as ninety percent of diseases that affect people today are stress related; and perhaps nothing accelerates the aging process than stress.
While it may be impossible to get rid off of anxieties and pressure entirely in this fast-paced world, massage therapy can without a doubt improve our wellbeing and quality of life.
Massage therapy translates to increased blood circulation, decreased anxiety, greater energy, less fatigue, better concentration and enhanced sleep quality, among other benefits. Clients have often reported a sense of perspective and clarity of mind after a massage session. The emotional benefits of massage can often be as important as the more tangible physical benefits.
Research continues to show the benefits of touch for people of all ages. In fact, it has come to be considered as part of complementary medicine. The simple deed of placing hands on the body can itself spur a person to thrive. Many studies have come to the conclusion that touch is very important for babies, and without it infant mortality rates would be much higher. The benefits also accrue to mothers who regularly touch their babies as they tend to have fewer incidences of postpartum depression.
Consequently, the medical profession has actively embraced massage therapy. It is increasingly being prescribed alongside standard treatment for many chronic and acute conditions. Patients suffering from sports injuries, headaches, insomnia, multiple sclerosis, repetitive strains, tendinitis, back pains, stroke, chronic fatigue syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, scoliosis and gastrointestinal disorders have all reported improvement due to massage therapy. Massage therapists have actually become an integral part of hospice care as well as in neonatal intensive care units. Many hospitals are also incorporating them in the treatment of post-surgery and pain patients.
Beyond the benefits for specific illnesses or conditions, many people continue to enjoy massage since it involves comfort, connection and caring. The elderly, in particular, greatly appreciate the benefits of massage, which has numerous mental and health benefits to them. As the population of those above 65 continues to grow, we are likely to see a greater demand for trained massage therapists.
Massage for the seniors usually involves soft stroking, gentle kneading as well as the application of light pressure on some specific points. Since this facilitates communication and deep relaxation, it has become an effective therapy for Alzheimer’s patients. It also promotes the natural lubrication of joints, making it essential for those suffering from arthritis pain. The pain reduction is usually significant thereby improving mobility and the overall function of the joints.
For maximum benefits, massage therapists who work with the elderly often incorporate stretching techniques which apply gentle pressure on the joints, soft tissue and muscles. Patients benefit from reduced stiffness, strengthening of muscles and better sleep at night. This helps them avoid and manage debilitating age-related conditions which make life very miserable for them.
Getting a massage has many benefits for the individual, and it’s not possible to list them all here. Frequent massage can do even more. Regularly treating yourself to this form of self-care will determine how healthy and how youthful you will remain as the years go by.