What exactly are the benefits of receiving a massage?
Massage is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. It’s increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations. Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing pain and muscle tension. Even though more research is needed to confirm these benefits of massage, some studies have found massage may help:
- Decrease anxiety
- Digestive disorders
- Headaches / relieve migraine pain
- Enhance sleep quality
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Increase energy
- Temporomandibular joint pain
- Increase circulation
- Improve concentration
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related and perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress.
Finding a Massage Therapist
Ask your doctor or someone else you trust for a recommendation. Most states regulate massage therapists through licensing, registration or certification requirements. Don’t be afraid to ask a potential massage therapist such questions 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?
Most people can benefit from massage however; massage isn’t meant as a replacement for regular medical care and may not be appropriate if certain medical conditions exist so ask your doctor first.
Overall the benefits of massage outweigh the risks if properly administered so consider making it part of your annual healthcare plan – your stressed-out, aching muscles will thank you!