The reasons are because of all the health benefits that come with it,
our body starts feeling afresh, the various benefits are as follows:
It improves the blood circulation in the lymph nodes, brain and
other connective tissues of the body.
Stimulates the production of “feel-good” hormones in the body
which helps in reducing the pain, anxiety and depression levels.
In increases the level of oxytocin in our body naturally, which is
responsible for us feeling generous, empathetic and improves
It negates or minimalizes the activation of pain receptors found
in our body, such as at muscles and spinal cord.
Cytokines are responsible for causing inflammation in the body,
regular massage stops its production.
All the stress hormones levels drop down like epinephrine,
cortisol and norepinephrine.
Manages blood pressure, relaxes the muscles, reduce stress,
anxiety and controls the breathing process.
Due to these reasons, more and more people are getting inclined towards managing the time for massage therapy at least thrice a week. But apart from these general ones, massage therapies have scientific benefits as well which carry a lot of weight around. These are as follows:
HELPS HIV/AIDS PATIENTS-
Life can be pretty stressful for people living with HIV or AIDS, regular massage therapy, in this case, won’t only help to steady the functionality of the immune system but reduce down the stress level to a marginally low rate and improving the quality of their life.
The heart specialists have warned us against the risks generated from unnecessary and excessive stress which if not managed can lead to hypertension, heart diseases and stroke. Large scale studies have shown us that there is a direct correlation between regular massage therapy and healthy heart management.
In a study, it has been found out that massage therapy helps in controlling the blood pressure in women with the pre- hypertensive condition, where their blood pressure was managed to a healthy level even after three days of a massage. Another study shows that this helped in reducing the pain
levels, muscle tension, levels of stress and anxiety and overall improved relaxation levels.
TREATS COLON –
Chronic constipation is a very disruptive state, taking away the relaxed calm life of the people affected with this. No matter what is the issue, be it IBS, Crohn’s disease or some other digestive issue. Doing a massage therapy activates the stretch receptors present in the intestines which loosen the intestinal tract. It also helps in reducing the tension in the abdomen areas and provides relief from various other discomfort and pain in chronic constipation.
IMMUNE SYSTEM –
Reports show us that undergoing a single massage therapy with the right technique can lower down the levels of stress hormone cortisol followed up by increasing the number of white blood cells. In a study, it’s stated that weekly massage therapy has helped to increase the immunity cell levels and white blood cells in each of the individual involved with it.
STRESS AND ANXIETY-
A study was conducted upon the patients admitted in ICU, by giving them a regular massage therapy for a week. When the results came, more than 52 per cent of patients has shown the reduced levels of pain, relaxed muscles and managed respiration. Massage has also helped them to reduce overall
stress and anxiety by reducing the hormones responsible for sweating, increased heart rate and rapid breathing.
NECK AND SHOULDER PAIN-
The pain that triggers at certain targeted points in our neck and shoulder muscles is called Myofascial Pain Syndrome. The pain reduction for these points was noticeably there when the individual went through a regular massage therapy session.
MYOFASCIAL PAIN SYNDROME-
Getting a regular massage therapy session can help you with myofascial pain syndrome, a term associated with the pain in the trigger points of the neck and shoulder muscles. Massage therapy relaxes our trigger points as well as activates the prefrontal cortex of the brain and reducing the overall pain perception we experience.
This is a very serious condition which is still not completely understood by the doctors and researchers. The main character here is the nerve pain, which is followed by migraine, IBS, chronic fatigue and depression. Sadly, we are yet to find a cure for it and in this case, a good massage therapy comes handy in providing much-needed relief to fibromyalgia patients. Almost 92 per cent patients following the session told us that they have experienced less pain, anxiety and fatigue while improving the sleep quality.
Experiencing pain after an operation is common thing faced by patients which delays their process of recovery and sometimes makes it quite complicated. Using various medications for this are effective but equally welcomes the side effects. Massage therapy helps to reduce the postoperative pain and speeds up the recovery rate of the patient.