Benefits of massage therapy

Massage Victoria is a general term for pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, ligaments and tendons. Massage may range from light stroking to deep pressure. It’s generally considered part of integrative medicine.

Massage is increasingly being offered along with standard therapy for a wide range of medical conditions and situations. If you have never tried massage, read on to learn about its many benefits.

A typical confusion about massage is that it’s just essential for a spa day and planned for pampering yourself. While this may be true for some people, it is most frequently a tool for stress reduction and pain relief.

Some specific conditions that massage can help include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Migraine
  • Insomnia
  • Nerve pain
  • Postoperative care
  • Scar tissue
  • Soft tissue strains and injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Temporomandibular (TMJ) disorders

Physical benefits

For most patients, massage therapy is an important part of specific medical treatment plans to help them return to daily activities. For instance, massage therapy is useful after joint replacement surgery or injury.

Physical benefits of massage include:

  • Improved circulation
  • Decreased muscle stiffness
  • Decreased joint inflammation
  • Better quality of rest
  • Quicker recovery between workouts
  • Improved flexibility
  • Less pain and soreness
  • Strengthened immune response

Mental benefits

Massage also has many mental health benefits. Even people who are focused on the physical benefits say they feel less stressed after getting a massage.

Other mental benefits include:

  • Lower stress levels
  • Improved relaxation
  • Improved mood
  • Decreased anxiety
  • More energy
  • Increase feeling of wellness

After a massage

It’s common to feel relaxed, tired or even sore after a massage. This is because your muscles are being worked by the massage therapist. After a massage, it might feel like you finished an exercise. It is possible to experience a migraine or nausea after a massage.

Some people feel that massage must hurt to help. But a massage doesn’t need to be painful to be effective.

If your massage therapist is pushing too hard, request lighter pressure. Occasionally you might have a sensitive spot in a muscle that feels like a knot. It’s likely to be uncomfortable while your massage therapist works it out. But if it becomes painful, speak up. Most serious issues come from too much pressure during a massage.

Finding a massage therapist

Like picking other health care experts, it’s important to be a conscious consumer while choosing a massage therapist. Ask your primary care provider or someone else you trust to recommend a reputable business or therapist.

Feel free to ask a potential massage therapist questions such as,

  • Are you licensed, certified or registered?
  • What is your training and experience?
  • How many massage therapy sessions do you think I’ll need?
  • What’s the cost, and is it covered by health insurance?

A skilled therapist has a vast toolbox of techniques that can be incorporated based on your needs, and he or she will respond and modify these techniques based on your feedback.

Massage therapy is safe and effective for people of all ages. It’s not only a feel-good way to indulge or pamper yourself. It’s a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being, whether you have a specific health condition or are looking for a stress reliever.

Moss Health Care

143 Moss Street, Victoria, BC V8V 4M2

778-406-1177

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