Benefits of Massage

Why we all should be getting regular massages!

Massage therapy is a treatment that has been around for thousands of years, and why? Because it works!

Most of you would agree that massage makes us feel good. However most of us only occasionally use massage as a form of treatment.

There are many different health conditions and diseases that are known to benefit from massage. Not only this but it is proven to increase levels of our feel good hormones and reduce our stress levels.

Massage for Soft Tissue Injuries:

Massage is very beneficial for anyone suffering a soft tissue injury such as a sprain or strain to a muscle or tendon. Massage will increase the circulation through the blood and lymph systems. Increasing circulation through the lymphatic system assists in a better circulation of lymphatic fluid which helps clean out and nourish cells. Increasing blood circulation provides the injury with an increase in red and white blood cells which play a large role in healing tissue damage.

Having a massage post injury can also breakdown the unwanted scar tissue. This allows the muscle to heal in a more flexible and mobile way not leaving you with any limitation further down the track.  It can also reduce the risks of re-injury in the future keeping the muscle tissue healthy and strong.

But what if I don’t have a soft tissue injury?

There are many viable reasons why someone should get a massage even if they are not struggling with an injury. We all know that we live in a high stress society and most people will have everyday stresses from work, family or life in general.

Recent studies show that massage will reduce the levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) produced in the body by about 31% and increase levels of serotonin and dopamine (feel good hormones) by approximately 26%.

Massage for chronic pain!

Many people will know what chronic pain feels like. Unfortunately people believe that aches and pains are just a common part of life. Have no fear there is light at the end of the tunnel, whether it’s a constant ache in the back or neck from poor posture or pain from an ongoing condition such as arthritis, headaches, fatigue, or recovering from a surgical procedure. Massage helps reduce tension in contractile muscles and stimulates weak and flaccid muscle groups helping the body function properly and rectifying muscle imbalances in the body.

So what are you waiting for? The pro’s far out way the con’s when it comes to a regular massage, not to mention there are reasons to justify massage as more than just a luxury.

Start being and feeling better today and book in for your regular massage.

 

By Ellie Haycraft – Adelaide Crows Sports Medicine Clinic