Studies have shown that many people who receive regular massage, notice that it offers many great health benefits that keep on giving even between massage sessions. Considered a luxury in the past, massage therapy has become a big part of personal healthcare. Health professionals of all types now recommend regular massage as an addition and enhancement to the health care regimen.
High blood pressure (or hypertension) is when the blood moves through the arteries at a higher pressure than normal, which can lead to stroke, heart attack, heart failure or kidney failure. Regular massage helps to combat the effects of stress, a leading contributor to high blood pressure, helping to lower blood pressure and maintain the body's natural sense of wellness. Studies have shown that regular massage can assist you to regulate health problems such as hypertension, along with following a dietary and / or medical regimen prescribed by your Health Care Provider. Massage reduces hypertension, because it stimulates pressure receptors that prompt action from the vagus nerve, one of the nerves that emerges from the brain. The vagus nerve regulates blood pressure, as well as other functions. In a 2005 study at the University of South Florida, hypertension patients who received 10 massages of 10 minutes each over three weeks showed significant improvements in blood pressure compared to a control group who simply rested in the same environment without any massage.
Just want to relax? Massage therapy is a great place to start. The ability of massage to promote relaxation to its receiver stems from its effect on a portion of the nervous system called the parasympathetic nervous system. The long, soothing strokes of massage provides a message to sensory nerves on the skin's surface and relays the message that all is well. This activates the parasympathetic nervous system which allows the body to relax. The heart rate decreases, blood pressure decreases and the stress hormones are decreed. In today's modern, stressful lifestyle, the body is always in a fright or flight mode. This constant reactive state takes a toll on our bodies for the long haul. Our bodies were not meant to stay in this stress related, ready to act mode, but living in modern times sends a constant message to the nervous system to keep the body in the fight or flight mode. The relaxation that massage brings to the body is a much needed break from constantly being in this stressful state.
Regular massage can help to diminish the effects that stress has on the body by decreasing the stress related hormones which released in the stressed state. Too many stress related hormones in the blood stream for long periods of time can lead to many health issues such as insomnia, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and increased rate of aging. One of these hormones, cortisol can decrease the efficiency of the immune system, the digestive system, the reproductive system and growth processes. Cortisol also controls mood, motivation, fear, and increases the amount of glucose or sugar in the bloodstream. Increase in blood sugar can contribute to weight gain, cravings, as well as diabetes and elevated cholesterol levels.
Depression, Anxiety and Pain Control
Many who receive regular massage, notice that it has many psychological benefits that keep on giving even between massage sessions. An increase in mood, decrease in anxiety, and pain levels occurs due to the increase in serotonin levels and other feel good endorphin levels. Studies have shown these levels to soar and remain elevated between weekly and monthly massage sessions. This effect can work to enhance any other treatments, including therapies and medications, that your Doctor has currently prescribed for you to help in achieving your overall goals.
Research has also provided that massage on a regular basis increases one's immunity by stimulating the lymphatic system and helping to mobilize the cells that fight infection, so that they are more likely to get to the source and prevent or help fight off the invader. That's a great benefit for those of us who can not afford to miss work or have families that need us 24/7. Infants, children, adults of all ages can benefit from regular massage because the immune system is boosted by increasing circulation of lymph and disease fighting cells present in lymph nodes.
Enhance Physical Appearance and Function
For those of us who feel “puffy” during certain times of the month, massage can assist with decreased swelling due to increase in circulation and venous return, which in turn allow the kidneys to rid the body of excess fluid. A knowledgeable massage therapist can perform an assessment of your posture and form a plan of care to work on muscles causing postural problems to improve your overall posture. When posture is ideal you will look, feel and function at your very best. Massage also benefits and hydrates the skin and gives you a healthy glow from increased circulation to the skin layers, making you look and feel better.
Decreased Fall Rate in Elderly
Studies conducted on benefits of massage for the elderly have shown a significant decrease in falls when massage therapy is received on a regular basis. Posture, muscle strength, daily function as well as balance is improved overall. This is very beneficial to the aging population who can more easily sustain fractures as well as other life threatening infections from a simple fall. Any fall can set an elderly person back in all aspects of functioning due to recovery time and the need for bedrest for healing, which in time will decrease overall strength and functioning. Prevention is the key here folks! Prevent falls with regular massage sessions which will keep you well, safe, and functioning at your best. Live life in your Golden Years instead of watching it pass you by!
There are many advantages of receiving regular massages, and you do not needlessly need a full hour massage each time, so making it very affordable. Studies show that it is the regularity of receiving a massage that is more beneficial, not the length of sessions. A knowledgeable therapist can assist you in choosing what is BEST FOR YOU, according to your needs, budget, and schedule.
Give us a call at (318) 613-5190 to schedule your free consultation visit today and begin to reap the healthy benefits that massage therapy has to offer.