5 Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

Massage therapy includes far more than relaxation, although that can be an important component to good health. At Shift Wellness, our providers want you to be as healthy as possible, and that often includes making sure our patients are aware of the health benefits of massage. In this post, we describe five benefits of massage therapy you may not be aware of. 

1. Massage therapy as part of an overall treatment plan

Specific conditions, such as chronic headache, insomnia, and fibromyalgia, may include massage therapy as part of an overall treatment plan. Conditions that cause chronic pain may be difficult to treat for numerous reasons, and pain medications have some big drawbacks, especially opioids. However, controlling your pain may be central to you being able to function. Massage therapy can offer an important alternative to pain medications.

2. Massage therapy to reduce stress

Chronic stress has been linked to poor cardiovascular health, hypertension, sleeping disorders, and many other health problems. Massage therapy won’t necessarily alleviate all of your stress, but it may be a good tool for getting rid of a lot of it.

Stress isn’t always a negative reaction, but when you live with stress that seems to never go away, your health is likely to suffer. Techniques such as meditation can help reduce stress, but they take time. Stress relief from massage therapy, however, happens immediately.

3. Massage as a means to recover

Whether you’ve had surgery or suffered an injury, massage therapy can be an important part of your recovery. Many of our providers at Shift Wellness are doctors of physical therapy and can therefore perform massage therapy as part of any treatment plan.

Massage increases blood flow to your soft tissues, which improves your body’s healing response. Massage can be targeted to your specific injury, and the technique adjusted so that it’s suited to your individual problem.

4. Massage as a preventative

Massage therapy is good for injury recovery, but it’s also good to help prevent injury. Regular massage increases blood flow to your muscles and soft tissues, and can help improve your flexibility and mobility.

Better flexibility and good mobility are keys to injury prevention, especially as you get older. Along with warming up before you exercise, regular massage therapy can help keep you active and uninjured.

5. Massage therapy for better sleep

Like chronic stress, a chronic lack of good quality sleep can have a negative impact on your health. There are many reasons people struggle to get a good night’s sleep on a regular basis. Pain, anxiety, depression, and stress may all factor into your lack of sleep; massage therapy can address both the reason you can’t sleep and ways to help you sleep better.

If you’d like to learn more about the health benefits of massage therapy, contact our staff at Shift Wellness. You can call us at 212-604-1316 for an in-person or telehealth appointment, or schedule online. We’ll be happy to see you!

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