Not too long ago, many people thought of massage as something only rich people got or as something you did while on a vacation at a resort. In the 21st century, however, massage has a regular place alongside traditional and alternative therapies because of its many benefits. Medical research shows that regular massage has profound effects on the body and mind and can make a difference in many ways, from alleviating tension to mitigating the effects of injuries and disorders.
Everyone experiences stress. When it builds over time, muscles become tight and sore. Not only do muscles become tight, tress can exacerbate diseases such as high blood pressure, cause stomach upset and more. The soothing touch offering by massage increases production of endorphins, the body’s “feel good” hormone, while also releasing serotonin and dopamine that produce relaxation.
Therapeutic massage is increasingly being used to alleviate the symptoms of a variety of pain-causing conditions that include joint overuse experienced by athletes and those who exercise regularly, low-back problems, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, severe headaches such as migraines and more. Massage alleviates pain not only by loosening muscles to increase flexibility, but also by bringing more blood flow to the affected area.
Strengthens the Immune System
Individuals who get frequent massages have an increased number of lymphocytes, white blood cells that have a major role in keeping the body free of disease. Regular massage also lowers the levels of cytokines, proteins that play a significant role in inflammation and may have an effect on asthma, cardiovascular disease and depression.
Regular massage also has a variety of psychological effects, including decreased anxiety, improved concentration and reduction in fatigue. To learn more about how massage can benefit you or to set an appointment, contact us at Serene Dental Spa.