5 Benefits of Massage Therapy

5 Benefits of Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is an ancient healing tradition used by the Egyptians, Greeks, and Chinese to treat many ailments. Though lost to upscale health clubs and luxury spas for a brief period of time, massage therapy is now offered by health institutions because of its many health benefits.

At Apple Wellness Center in Winchester, Virginia, our experienced chiropractor, Michael Pasternack, DC, recommends massage therapy for many conditions to support healing and improve health and well-being.

Here, we want to share some of the benefits you can expect from massage therapy.

Ease pain

Many of our patients come to us to get relief from their back pain, neck pain, or headaches. Massage therapy eases these painful conditions by relaxing muscles, tendons, and joints and reducing stress that may contribute to the pain.

The touch therapy may also decrease pain symptoms by activating nerve fibers that alter the pain signal

Support healing

We incorporate massage therapy into our injury rehabilitation program, too. Kneading and manipulating your muscles and soft tissues improves circulation. Your blood supplies your injured tissue with the proteins and growth factors it needs to regenerate cells and repair the damage.

Massage therapy also improves movement of fluid through your lymphatic system, which helps remove any damaged cells or waste that may impede healing. 

General sense of well-being

You may enjoy getting a massage because it makes you feel good. But do you know why? Endorphins.

That deep relaxation you feel during your massage is because of the release of endorphins, which are brain chemicals that produce a general sense of well-being. 

Massage therapy also reduces levels of stress hormones, helping you feel more at ease. 

Boost energy

Even though you feel more relaxed and less stressed following massage therapy, you may also experience a boost in energy. This extra kick in your step may be due to those endorphins and the increase in blood circulation.

Those brain chemicals help you feel good, boosting your mood and energy, while the increase in blood circulation improves the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to your organs, tissues, and cells. 

Improve immune health

By reducing your stress hormone levels, massage therapy may also improve immune health. Stress is a normal reaction to unexpected situations. Your body releases stress hormones to improve your response to these situations, known as fight or flight.

Unfortunately, the demands of daily life create chronic stress, so you’re always on alert. Chronic stress negatively affects immune function, increasing inflammation and making you more susceptible to infections and disease.

Massage therapy lowers stress hormones, reduces overall feelings of stress, and boosts immunity. 

Adding massage therapy to your wellness routine benefits your overall health and well-being. Let us design a massage therapy plan that fits your needs. Call our office or click the “book online” button to schedule an appointment today.

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