Massage Therapy: It’s Not Just for Relaxation

Massage Therapy: It’s Not Just for Relaxation

Relaxation is definitely one of the benefits of massage therapy. But this ancient healing practice does more than just help you relax. 

At Apple Wellness Center here in Winchester, Virginia, our chiropractor, Michael Pasternack, DC, recommends massage therapy to ease headaches, reduce stress, and support recovery from surgery.

In this blog, we want to tell you why massage therapy isn’t just for relaxation.

About massage therapy

It’s hard to imagine massage therapy as anything other than a luxurious indulgence. After all, not too long ago the only place you could get a massage was at an exclusive health spa. 

Massage therapy got its start as a tool for healing and health, serving as one of the earliest methods humans used to ease pain. Today, many health providers include massage therapy as part of their standard of care for treating a wide range of health conditions because of its many benefits. 

Physiological changes from massage therapy

What happens to your body during a massage? A lot. 

Not too long after your massage therapist starts kneading and manipulating your muscles, you feel a deep sense of calm and relaxation. This occurs because your body releases endorphins, which are your feel-good hormones. Endorphins also reduce pain and help curb your appetite.

While endorphin levels rise, the stress hormones adrenaline, cortisol, and norepinephrine decline. Reducing stress hormones helps you feel more relaxed. It also eases muscle tension and may improve immune health.

The rubbing and kneading of your muscles improves circulation, enhancing the delivery of oxygen and nutrients throughout your body, boosting energy and alertness.

And because you feel so relaxed and calm, your heart rate and blood pressure numbers also improve. 

Massage therapy for health

Relaxation is good for your health. And there’s nothing wrong with wanting a massage to ease stress and enhance well-being. But massage therapy also benefits many health conditions, including:

You may find that massage therapy helps you feel more connected and comforted, giving you an overall sense of well-being.

Massage therapy is no longer viewed as an indulgence you need to limit to special occasions. It’s a healing therapy that promotes health and well-being.

Are you ready to make massage therapy part of your wellness program? Call our office here or click the book online button to schedule an appointment at our office in Winchester, Virginia.

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