Benefits of Massage Therapy
Therapeutic Massage relaxes muscle spasms and relieves tension.
Therapeutic Massage alleviates pain.
Therapeutic Massage reduces stress symptoms physically, mentally, and physiologically (chemically).
Therapeutic Massage increases nutrition to the soft tissue through the blood supply without adding to the load of lactic acid that is produced by voluntary muscle contraction.
Therapeutic Massage improves blood and lymph flow.
Therapeutic Massage causes the release of endorphins creating a decrease in pain and a feeling of well being.
Therapeutic Massage disperses the edema following injury to ligaments and tendons; it can also lessen pain and facilitate movement.
Therapeutic Massage improves the circulation and nutrition of joints and hastens the elimination of harmful products.
Therapeutic Massage is effective in the relief and control of tension headaches.
Therapeutic Massage stretches connective tissue relieving the pain and symptoms of fibromyalgia.
Therapeutic Massage enhances the body's ability to digest and eliminate food.
Therapeutic Massage separate muscle fibers and connective tissue, thereby undoing or preventing the formation of scar tissue.
Therapeutic Massage improves muscle tone and helps delay muscle atrophy caused by inactivity.
Therapeutic Massage helps reduce edema swelling of the extremities.
Therapeutic Massage can compensate, at least in part, for the lack of muscle contraction and exercise in persons who are forced to remain inactive due to illness or injury. In these cases, massage can help return venous blood to the heart and so ease the strain on this vital organ.
Therapeutic Massage increases excretion (via kidneys) of fluids and nitrogen inorganic phosphorus and salt in normal individuals.
Massage Therapy is highly regarded for promoting relaxation and for working out muscle "kinks". But studies have shown that massage therapy provides benefits far beyond these. Here are some of the benefits of therapeutic massage:
We hope this information illustrates that there are many reasons to incorporate massage in your life: for your health and well-being.
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