Aches, Stiffness, Inflexibility?
How often do we hear comments such as, “Oh! My aching back,” “Gee, I woke up with a stiff neck,” or “I threw my back out”? The human body was built to move, to be mobile, to be ready for action–so why do so many people experience aches, stiffness or inflexibility?
What Causes Physical Pain?
A look at our environment can provide many of the answers. Each day we are faced with many physical challenges–as office workers holding arms over a keyboard, as construction workers hammering repeatedly, or as bus drivers sitting for long periods with insufficient support. Work stations are often built to accommodate equipment, not different body shapes and sizes. Society demands performance, but workers don’t get the needed warm-up time before activities. Deadlines, traffic, air quality and many other factors lead to physical and mental stresses that eventually become evident as physical pain.
What Are The Benefits of Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy seeks to address some of these symptoms. While there seems to be universal agreement that massage “feels good,” it also offers many specific benefits. The therapeutic use of massage affects all systems of the body, most particularly circulatory (blood and lymph), muscular, fascial and nervous systems. Massage therapy is also effective in the control of pain (chronic or acute), in stress reduction and in creating a sense of relaxation and well-being.
Easing Pain and Promoting Function:
Historical and current research documents the diverse physiological effects of massage, many of which are due to the movement of the therapist’s hands over the body, physically stretching the muscles, encouraging circulation, inhibiting muscle spasm, and sedating or stimulating the nerves to ease pain or promote function as necessary.
Massage For Preventative Care:
Many effects are equally preventive in nature. When muscles are loose and circulation is sufficient, the result is better health and less chance of injury or dysfunction. Some other effects are not well understood, such as decreased anxiety following treatment. Some physical and psychological effects may be due to the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. Contact us for an appointment.