By: Dr. Ryan Lee
Massages are one of the most effective ways to relax, reduce stress, and improve health. Whether you’re getting one on vacation or as part of your regular routine, there are many reasons why you should consider scheduling an appointment with your local massage therapist at Reach Health and Wellness today! If you’re curious about what makes massages so great, check out this list of top reasons to get a massage—and book your appointment now!
- Releasing muscle tension from daily activities
We all know how good it feels to have someone work out the kinks in our necks and shoulders after a long day. But did you know that regular massages can actually help reduce the amount of tension you feel on a daily basis? Massage therapy is a great way to release the muscle tension that builds up from activities like sitting at a desk, driving, or even carrying around a baby or small child.
- Relieving stress and anxiety
Massage is a proven stress reliever, and studies have shown it can help reduce anxiety. If you’re feeling stressed or anxious, consider scheduling a massage. You’ll feel better in no time!
- Lowering blood pressure
Massage has also been shown to lower blood pressure. A study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that people who received a 45-minute Swedish massage had significantly lower blood pressure than those who didn’t. The benefits lasted even after the session was over. Massage can also help reduce chronic low blood pressure by increasing relaxation and improving sleep quality.
- Relieving pain
Massage can relieve pain by helping to release endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers. Massage also increases circulation and flexibility, both of which can help reduce pain. If you suffer from chronic pain, regular massages can be an important part of your pain management plan.
- Reducing depression and anxiety
Massage has been shown to be an effective treatment for reducing depression and anxiety. In fact, one study found that just a single session of massage was enough to significantly reduce symptoms of depression. If you’re feeling down or anxious, consider scheduling a massage. It could be just the thing you need to feel better.
- Improving sleep quality
Massage can improve sleep quality by helping to relieve tension and pain in the body. This can lead to improved sleep quality and quantity, as well as less fatigue during the day. Massage can also help reduce stress levels, which can further improve sleep quality.
- Reducing pain after strenuous exercise
After a long run or a particularly intense weight-lifting session, your muscles are likely to be sore. A massage can help reduce this pain by increasing blood flow and relaxation.
- Increase range of motion
Massage can help increase your range of movement by increasing the temperature of soft tissues, increasing tissue elasticity, breaking down adhesions, reducing swelling, decreasing pain and removing waste products from the muscles.
- Headache relief
Massage therapy helps to relieve headaches by easing muscle tension, relieving muscle spasms, releasing shortened muscles and relaxing tension held in the muscles of the head, shoulders, and neck. When muscle tension eases, there is less pressure on the nerves and blood vessels that supply them. Regular, ongoing massage therapy can also help to prevent headaches by helping to reduce overall stress and the muscle tension that can trigger headache pain and can help maintain emotional well being.
- Circulation during pregnancy
Getting a massage during pregnancy can help to improve circulation, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). If you’re pregnant, make sure you check with your doctor before booking an appointment and be sure to tell your massage therapist that you’re pregnant (even if you’re not showing).
We’re Here to Help
With so many benefits of massage, you shouldn’t feel guilty about booking regular appointments. At Reach Health and Wellness, we offer massage therapy with our licensed massage therapist right at our office. We would love to help you live an active life free of pain through massage and chiropractic care.
Dr. Ryan Lee is the practicing chiropractic physician at Reach Health and Wellness Chiropractic. For his full bio, click here. *This content is strictly the opinion of Dr. Ryan Lee and is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of medical advice or treatment from a personal physician. All readers/viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Dr. Lee does not take responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content, especially those taking prescription or over-the-counter medications, should consult their physicians before beginning any nutrition, supplement or lifestyle program.