Did you know that around ten million people in England suffer from back pain? Worrying figures from research by Arthritis UK show that people of all ages are struggling with a musculoskeletal problem. It got us thinking. How many of those people represented in these findings are having a regular massage? Massage therapy should be engaged in on a regular basis to feel the full effects, and here is why.
Massage Therapy reduces muscle tension and pain
When our body suffers an injury or becomes stiff, we feel an overwhelming tension in our muscles. This build-up of tension needs to be treated over time to ensure a smooth recovery. You massage therapist will help your muscles to recuperate by releasing trigger points and encouraging blood flow to the tissue surrounding the affected area. A Deep Tissue or Sports Massage is a great way to tackle the accumulation of lactic acid, which can make day-to-day activities very uncomfortable.
Massage Therapy increases joint mobility
When you sustain a muscle injury or become stiff, your range of mobility is significantly reduced. Your therapist will be able to work on the affected joints by releasing tension in the muscles, which will gradually increase your range of movement. This is why it is important to engage in regular massage therapy, as treating stiffness will help to support your joints and extend your range of mobility.
Massage Therapy helps with postural alignment
Posture often needs to be corrected over time. By continuously slouching as we walk or sit we may cause harm to our muscles long-term. By having regular massage therapy, your muscles will elongate and strengthen, so you can support yourself properly. Your therapist will also be able to give you advice on managing your posture throughout daily life so that you can gradually improve your postural alignment both inside and outside of your massage treatment.
Massage can reduce stress and anxiety
Massage therapy is very beneficial for the mind. Studies show that a massage heightens levels of oxytocin and serotonin, which are chemicals that can boost our mood and reduce stress and anxiety. Thanks to the relaxing sensation of massage therapy, the body benefits from a lower heart rate, improved breathing and the release of tension that we often hold in our neck and shoulders as a result of anxiety. Regular massage therapy allows the mind and body to feel calm and balanced whilst we tackle the stresses of daily life.
Massage can boost the immune system
Do you find yourself becoming unwell in periods of stress? Massage therapy reduces levels of cortisol, the stress hormone, which means the immune system can stabilise and improve. Increased circulation will help by bettering lymphatic drainage, which will boost our immunity. By having a regular massage, you are helping your body to stay in control of its own health and wellbeing to keep you looking and feeling better.