Massage therapy is an omni functional application, meaning an increaser and a reducer, it can be used as prevention or assist with repair/recovery and maintenance. provides positive effects for most with the proper precautions. Massage therapy is the physical manipulation of the musculoskeletal system that leads to avenues of affecting the brain/body chemically, neurologically, hormonally and proteins (anti-inflammation and mitochondria) wise
This avenue boasts an impressive list of benefits: Reduces stress, anxiety and depression. Promotes better sleep, increases neurotransmitters Serotonin (mood, hunger, and sleep and it promotes a sense of well-being and contentment). Dopamine (reward system of the brain) and increases the hormone oxytocin. Reduces stress hormone cortisol (restricts blood vessels increase blood pressure, reduce immunity, inhibit wound healing), adrenaline and noradrenaline (fight or flight response to stress) reducing this has some of the same effects as reducing cortisol. Improves circulation of lymph and blood thereby strengthening immunity, recovery time from workouts and injury. Muscles become more pliable and lengthened when tension is released from muscles thereby muscular pain, fatigue and scar tissue are reduced with Increase in muscular strength, flexibility and range of motion.
Massage therapy is broader more encompassing than just a sense of pampering, it can be used in a medical sense. Some of the most common medical conditions treated at Leaven Massage Therapy is neck, shoulder pain and discomfort, headaches, back pain, sciatica, planter fasciitis, carpal tunnel symptoms. The physical and physiological effects of massage allow it to be used as a tool to encourage balance tipping the scale from stress, pain and discomfort to relaxation, healing and overall well being.
Many of people don’t consider massage therapy as an option for prevention and pain management or even an option at all. I think everyone should receive massage therapy whether it’s with me or you choose another therapist as along as you give it a try. I think you will find it very rewarding.