Massage therapy is an important part of an integrative approach to overall health and wellness. Massage not only brings overall relaxation to your body and mind, but it can also be used as an alternative approach to pain relief as a beneficial part of integrative treatments for medical conditions.
Massage therapy can help patients recover from surgeries and joint replacements, it can help relieve anxiety and depression, boosting overall mental health. The health benefits of massage therapy are heightened even more for athletes of all skill levels – it helps condition the muscles, enhance performance, aid recovery and prevent injury.
Below is a list of many health benefits of massage (according to the American Massage Therapy Association).
25 BENEFITS OF MASSAGE
• Relieve stress • Relieve postoperative pain • Reduce anxiety • Manage low-back pain • Help fibromyalgia pain • Reduce muscle tension • Enhance exercise performance • Relieve tension headaches • Sleep better • Ease symptoms of depression • Improve cardiovascular health • Reduce pain of osteoarthritis • Decrease stress in cancer patients • Improve balance in older adults • Decrease rheumatoid arthritis pain • Temper effects of dementia • Promote relaxation • Lower blood pressure • Decrease symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome • Help chronic neck pain • Lower joint replacement pain • Increase range of motion • Decrease migraine frequency • Improve quality of life in hospice care • Reduce chemotherapy-related nausea
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