While a massage definitely feels good and relieves tension and back and neck pain, did you know that it can have other health benefits as well?
Eastern medicine such as Ayurveda and Chinese medicine have used massage for centuries as a form of treatment for many different injuries and diseases.
University of New Hampshire Health Services explains why massage makes us feel better.
When a soothing touch is applied to the skin, messages are sent to the brain to relax the body and release endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. Rubbing the muscles and tissues of the body also help to work out any stiffness or tension that is stored in the body to improve flexibility and movement.
Massage is also useful for stimulating the lymphatic system to boost the immune system and get rid of toxins in the body.
The Mayo Clinic also lists the benefits of massage that have been studied. Some of them include:
Massage: Get in Touch With Its Many Benefits
While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia related to stress
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Paresthesias and nerve pain
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
- Temporomandibular joint pain
Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often involves caring, comfort, a sense of empowerment and creating deep connections with their massage therapist.
If you haven’t yet experienced the relaxation and relief that comes with a professional massage, I highly recommend it. Be sure your doctor knows and that you mention any medical conditions to your massage therapist.