Massage is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. It's increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations. Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
Some of the lesser known benefits of massage include its ability to curb the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia has been diagnosed as a chronic muscle condition whose symptoms usually include high fatigue, muscle pain, and muscle tenderness. These symptoms can get even worse if you also suffer from lack of sleep and stress. Fortunately, there is a great treatment alternative for these symptoms. Many patients are getting massages for the Fibromyalgia, and are enjoying the benefits that massage has to offer. Getting regular massages could help minimize muscle spasms, and the overall discomfort that comes along with Fibromyalgia. Massage for Fibromyalgia is one of the condition’s most effective treatments after 40% of patients integrated massage into their treatment plan.
Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort and connection.
Massage therapy may help the body in many ways. Massage can relax muscle tissue, which may lead to decreased nerve compression, increased joint space, and range of motion. This may lead to reduced pain and overall improved function. Massage therapy may also improve circulation, which enhances the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to muscle cells and helps remove waste products. These circulatory effects of massage may have value in the treatment of some inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis or edema (an excessive accumulation of fluid in body tissues, which may be reduced using manual lymph drainage). Massage therapy is also thought to induce a relaxation response, which lowers the heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure; boosts the immune system; and generally decreases the physical effects of stress.
Here is a before and after picture of one of our regular clients that has Edema:
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