Surprising Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

There Is More to Massage Than Meets the Eye

When most people think of a massage, they think of relaxation and stress relief. The stereotype(s) for massage therapy can be pretty narrow minded, but by digging a little deeper, you’ll begin to see how it can be a key component in improving your overall health and wellness. “Stress” can be broken down to reflect specialized treatments according to your current lifestyle, habits and amount/presence of inducers. This article is designed to provide expert advice and insight into the unexpected health benefits of massage therapy.

Chiropractic Massage Therapy

To achieve optimal results and improve your health, it’s recommended to combine chiropractic care with clinical massage therapy. The combination of the two will provide patients lasting pain relief/management, better sleep, slow degeneration (aging process), stronger immune systems, enhanced athletic performance, increased energy and general good vibes. It’s important to remember that whether through a cleaner or medicine, health “doesn’t come in a bottle.” It’s a fact that your nerves have a major impact on your health and controlling nerve impulses will put you on the right path to wellness.

In short, nerve impulses tell your body what to do (heartbeat, breathing, sweating, itching etc) and the combination of chiropractic care allows a therapist to ease the pressure and choking of the nerves and free the flow of nerve impulses. Everything in your body will feel better as a result, especially your muscles. Included below is a broader explanation of several unexpected benefits.

Unexpected Benefits and Results

Boosting Your Immune System – Did you know 80-90% of stress is disease related? Cortisol (the hormone released when we’re stressed) hurts your white blood cells which protect your immune system. Since massage decreases cortisol, it will boost and strengthen your immune system and help prevent sickness and disease. The central theme is that it is a natural and drug-free way to stay healthy.

Get Better Sleep – Increase delta waves (induces a deep sleep and stronger recovery). Regular massages make it easier to fall asleep (by releasing serotonin, dopamine, and increasing delta waves). More sound sleep means better interactions with friends and family, better performance at work, less sweating the small stuff (which means less cortisol released, which means better health, which means less stress, so on, so on, you get the idea).

Enhanced Athletic Performance – Massage reduces the likelihood of specific injuries and allows you to use your full-range of motion to compete at the highest level.