Even just thinking about getting a massage makes most of us relax, and for good reason. Massage therapy is a great way to soothe tense muscles and let go of life’s stressors, at least for a time. But what many do not realize is that massage therapy offers even more benefits than just relaxation. Here are a few of the awesome benefits you can experience through regular massage therapy that you may not have realized:
#1. Posture Improvements
Good posture is important to help you appear confident, but your posture can also impact your health. Unfortunately, the poor ergonomics of desks and working at a computer can have some major negative impacts on your posture. Do you end each workday with a headache or pain in your neck? That may be because of your posture. Massage therapy can help ease the tight muscles that cause neck and back pain and, if you get regular massages, can help improve your posture.
#2. Headache Help
Do you struggle with chronic headaches? Even if they aren’t migraines, recurring headaches are unpleasant. Instead of taking a couple of pain pills every time you get a headache, schedule regular massages instead. Massages can help ease the tension in your neck, shoulders, and back that may be the root cause of your headaches. Over time, they can even help stop your headaches from coming back.
#3. Injury Recovery
Many injuries can feel worse or heal poorly because muscles are tight. This can put a strain on your joints, ligaments, and tendons as well. Massage therapy can help tight muscles relax, which will ease the strain on joints and other soft tissues. It also combines well with and enhances physical therapy exercises and chiropractic adjustments to provide you with better injury recovery. Even better, once you are healed, massages can help prevent future injuries from forming.
#4. Improved Sleep
If you have insomnia or any other sort of trouble sleeping, you may be feeling the consequences. One night of poor sleep is manageable, but when that goes on for weeks or months, poor sleep can majorly impact your health and overall well-being. Fortunately, massage therapy has been shown to help improve sleep. If you are relaxed, you will have a better chance at falling asleep easily and getting a good night’s sleep. Schedule a massage for the end of the day to really help yourself drift off.
#5. Circulation Boost
If you recall from high school biology, blood flow is key to helping the body function well. Without oxygenated blood reaching an area, that part of your body will stop working the way it should; it may even stop working entirely. If that happens, you may experience issues with digestion or feel numbness or muscle cramps in various body parts. Massages compress your blood vessels and veins. That squeezing and pulling helps to improve blood circulation, flush out lactic acid, and move metabolic waste to improve function throughout your body.
#6. Better Flexibility
If you get regular chiropractic adjustments, you likely understand how valuable proper joint alignment and range of motion are. When muscles are tight, they pull on tendons and ligaments, which can strain your joints and limit their range of motion. Massage therapy helps loosen those tight muscles, which reduces strain on your joints and can improve overall range of motion. Improved flexibility is another reason massage therapy is a great supplement to chiropractic adjustments and physical therapy.
#7. TMJ Relief
If you regularly experience jaw pain or grind your teeth, TMJ (temporomandibular joint) pain is probably the root issue. A night guard can help protect your teeth from grinding at night, but it won’t do much to help with the tightness and pain that can develop in your jaw joints. Massage therapy can release the tension in your neck and shoulder muscles, which will ease the strain on your jaw and relieve the pain you may feel.
#8. Anxiety & Breathing Aid
Did you know that when you are stressed or anxious, your breath instinctively becomes shorter? Massage therapists are trained to call attention to your breathing and help you slow down and breathe more deeply. Over a prolonged period, like the duration of your massage, doing so can help relieve anxiety and provide more oxygen to your body. Over time, deep breathing techniques can help minimize feelings of anxiety.
Experience the benefits for yourself. Contact Senara Health and Healing Center & Spa to schedule your massage in Peoria.