Most people enjoy massage for relaxation but what they may not realize is that there are many more health benefits of massage that go beyond stress relief. Massages are no longer just available at health clubs and spas, these days they’re available at clinics, hospitals, chiropractic offices, and even in the workplace.
If you’re new to massage therapy, keep in mind that there are several forms of massage. A Swedish massage is the most common type of massage and is a gentler form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, and circular movements to relax and energize you. There is also sports massage, neonatal massage, trigger point massage, and deep massage, which is most common for treating muscle damage from injuries.
Massage can help with back pain, soothe anxiety and depression, improves sleep, boost your immune system, and help with headaches.
Chronic Back Pain Relief
Studies on the benefits of massage therapy reveal that this is an effective treatment for stress, pain and muscle tension. According to a 2011 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, massage therapy is an effective treatment for chronic back pain with the benefits of this type of therapy lasting up to six months.
Admit it; if you’ve ever gotten a massage, you have probably come close to falling asleep. Massage therapy promotes relaxation, which can make it easier for people to fall asleep and get more sound sleep.
May Help with Anxiety and Depression
According to a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, patients who suffered from depression or anxiety were more relaxed, happier, and showed reduced stress levels after a massage.
Boosts Your Immunity
You’re relaxed, sleeping better, have less pain, and feel happier. Another benefit to add to the list is improved immunity. According to a study published in the Journal of Alternative Complementary Medicine, massage boosted patients’ white blood cell count, which aids in defending the body from disease.
If you’re suffering from headaches or migraines, chiropractic care along with massage therapy can help provide relief. Researchers at Granada University found that massage therapy helped patients with chronic tension headaches.
The benefits of massage therapy can vary for everyone. Some may experience benefits immediately while others may notice positive changes after several sessions. In combination with chiropractic therapy, massage is a great tool for finding pain and stress relief.