Therapeutic massage is a safe and effective form of health care.
About Massage Therapy
Massage therapy refers to a comprehensive health management strategy focusing on the application of various techniques to positively affect the soft tissues and joints of the body. Massage techniques most commonly include pressure and compression, kneading, frictioning, and mobilizing to improve the health and condition of the muscles, tendons, skin, fascia or connective tissue of the body.
The “Physician’s Guide to Therapeutic Massage” shows that massage can decrease pain, improve range of motion, improve mood, aid in the circulation of blood and lymph ow, reduce muscle and joint soreness, and improve sleep.
Benefits of Massage Therapy
Massage is Beneficial for People of All Ages
THROUGH THE LIFESPAN
Massage therapy has been shown to enhance growth in premature babies in the hospital, calm aggressive adolescents and help kids with Attention Deficit Disorder. Elderly persons in nursing homes have responded to massage with decreased agitated behaviour.
ON THE JOB
A massage is a good tool for reducing work stress. Job stress has been identified as a serious health care issue that relates to decreased productivity, decrease job satisfaction, increased work-related injury, errors and absenteeism.
STRESS, DEPRESSION, AND IMMUNITY
Massage therapy studies have shown positive results in boosting immune response and decreasing pain. These beneficial results prove helpful for people with critical illnesses and for those who suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.
Massage may improve muscle recovery and decrease muscle soreness after exertion. Athletes also benet from the therapy’s positive eects on heart rate and blood pressure, and the general relaxation response that reduces anxiety and improves mood.
PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH
Massage therapy is safe and beneficial during pregnancy. Massage can help to alleviate back, neck, and shoulder pain associated with changes in the body during pregnancy. The general benefits of increased circulation and enhanced well-being are valuable therapeutic effects.