The benefits of massage therapy are many and varied. Massage can treat a wide range of conditions and prevent injury from occurring in the first place. Regular massage has an overall beneficial effect for general health also.
Massage increases and improves circulation throughout the body, the increased blood flow flushes toxins and waste products from the system, replacing it with a fresh new supply of oxygenated and nutritious blood. (For this reason it is always advisable to drink plenty of water after massage to dilute the toxic dump and encourage flushing from the system). The increased circulation improves the bodies healing abilities – inflammation, swelling and pain can be reduced, allowing for a faster recovery and healing time.
Massage softens and lengthens muscle tissue aiding and improving joint mobility and function. Massage breaks down tissue adhesions and scar tissue, reducing pain and increasing function to an injured area.
Pain from accident, surgery, injury often arises from muscular imbalances and/or trigger points within muscles, including headaches, chronic aches and pains.
Massage is also helpful for post-surgery, post -accident, limb fracture, traumatic-injury, joint replacement before and after, arthritis, fibromyalgia, whiplash, many musculoskeletal dysfunctions benefit from remedial massage therapy.
And of course massage is great for reducing stress, therapeutic touch enhances feelings of wellbeing and creates a place for self-care.