8 Unexpected Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

When you think about massage therapy, what images come to mind? You may imagine lying on a table in a peaceful, dimly lit room in full relaxation mode while getting a massage. A massage is relaxing, yes, but it can also bring many health benefits that you may not know about.

Here at Family Medical Clinic, Dr. Davidhizar and his staff would like you to know a few of these added and perhaps unexpected health benefits when you book your appointment with our massage therapy staff.

Relieves anxiety

If you’re dealing with anxiety, you may struggle with tense, achy muscles, headaches, fatigue, and other physical symptoms. A massage can decrease these symptoms and allow you to relax fully.

Massage therapy is often used together with other approaches, such as medications, to manage anxiety. Dr. Davidhizar will talk to you about a holistic approach to your anxiety treatment, which may include massage.

Enhances digestion

When you receive a massage, the alternating touch from the massage therapist, cycling one hand over the other, can help with minor digestive issues. It has been proven that regular massage therapy sessions can decrease constipation and enhance overall digestion.

Prevents injury

Whether you’re a professional athlete, a distance runner, or a weekend warrior who enjoys a good run, you likely push your body when you exercise. When you push your body to its limits, you risk injury. Incorporating massage therapy into your regular routine can help you prevent future injuries and recover from the demands you put on your body.

Controls headaches

According to the American Massage Therapy Association, massage can be an effective therapy if you suffer from tension headaches. These headaches are usually triggered by stress or mental and emotional conflict, which can also lead to pain and contractions of the muscles in the scalp, face, jaw, and neck.

Our massage therapist has specialized massage techniques that relieve the tension in the affected muscles. You’ll also benefit from a home stretching plan, which is useful when you feel a tension headache starting.

Improves sleep

Studies have shown that massage therapy improves sleep. Massage triggers the release of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that can help you feel calm and relaxed, which often leads to sleep. It can also decrease pain that may be keeping you up at night.

Lessens TMJ symptoms

The muscles in your face and jaw that you use to chew are strong. Sometimes these muscles can cause you problems for no real reason. One condition that can affect these muscles is known as temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ, which happens when the jaw joint doesn’t function normally. The pain from TMJ ranges from mild to severe on one or both sides of your face.

The muscles along the jaw are easy to massage and typically respond well with varying levels of pressure. Getting a massage can help control the pain and stiffness associated with TMJ.

Improves circulation

Poor circulation can cause problems with your heart, kidneys, and other internal organs. The typical way to increase blood flow is through movement or exercise. However, researchers have found that massage can improve the circulation in your body, even without exercise.

If you are limited in your mobility or have any vascular conditions that slow down your circulation, getting a massage is an excellent way to increase blood flow throughout your body.

Boosts immunity

Imagine lying on the massage table and getting healthier. Now, you don’t need to use your imagination to do so!

Research shows that massages increase the activity of your body’s white blood cells, the cells that fight off infection. Getting regular massages releases these cells.

Are you ready to book your massage therapy appointment so you can feel better? Call our office today and request a massage appointment. Or, if you would like to discuss adding massage into your treatment plan and you have some questions, make an appointment with Dr. Davidhizar today.

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