Stress is a part of everyday life, and we aren’t always able to shield ourselves from the effects it can have on our physical and mental health. Registered massage therapists are equipped with the skill set to safely and efficiently manipulate soft tissue in the neck and back to improve blood circulation. Massage therapy is a natural health treatment that does not rely on supplemental medication to alleviate symptoms of pain. If you’ve ever wondered what the healing powers of human hands can do for your physical and mental health, here are four benefits that massage therapy could provide you:
Helps Relieve Stress Caused by Your Posture
All our lives we posturize ourselves to adjust to the environment we’re in. Whether you’re standing on your feet all day or sitting at a desk and working at a computer, the positions you put yourself in on a routine basis form your posture. For those that sit down all day and work at their computers, tension may accrue in the neck/back region, causing headaches and physical discomfort. Massage therapists will help alleviate pain caused by improper posture by kneading and stroking the areas of distress.
The need to exercise increases as we get older. We rely on the prowess of our bones and muscles to ensure that our mobility and physical capabilities are not limited as age. Going for runs and lifting weights is a great way to get your heart rate up and keep in shape; however, if you are exercising with poor form and posture, you may experience more muscle discomfort and aches than usual. Massage therapy will improve your circulation, which will activate your body’s self-healing abilities and accelerate recovery time.
Improvements to Your Immune System
Routine massage therapy boosts the activity of your white blood cells. These cells fend off unwanted viruses and illnesses. Massage therapy is not a substitution for the traditional medicines you would take while fighting a common cold, but it does increase your body’s efficiency at locating and eradicating disease and sickness.
Stress is also detrimental to our immune system; an individual that possesses high cortisol levels may be more susceptible to panic attacks and anxiety. Massage therapy can decrease cortisol levels, which may also reduce stress and anxiety levels. Also, a person that suffers from immense stress or anxiety may experience thymic atrophy. This can suppress the effectiveness of your immune system, which may accentuate or perpetuate symptoms of an illness.
Improves Your Sleeping Pattern
Getting about 7-8 hours of sleep per night is imperative for our physical and mental health, and if you’re not getting that much due to physical discomfort, it may be time to visit a massage therapist. It can be tough to fall asleep, let alone stay asleep if you are experiencing headaches, muscle aches or tension due to stress or poor posture. Visiting a registered massage therapist can assist you in ensuring you are getting a good night’s sleep, every night.