Using Sports Massage Therapy as a Complementary Therapy
Massage therapy can be a solution for people who suffer from aches and pains due to their job and other activities as well as from accidents and injury. It has been known to bring relaxation to tired and overworked muscles.
But more recently it has also been proven to be more than just that. Studies have shown it can benefit and alleviate symptoms of illness and health conditions.
There are a variety of conditions that can be better managed through the use of massage therapy.
Massage therapy can temporarily reduce pain experienced by cancer patients. Precautions must be taken dependant on the condition and at what stage a patient is during their treatment, and approval must be granted by a doctor.
It is indicated that massage can reduce the severity and symptoms of depression, anxiety and similar mental health conditions.
Movements used in massage can facilitate biochemical changes which can help to improve muscle flexibility and influence circulation. It has also been indicated that massage can help diminish pain by increasing seratonin levels which influence mood and pain perception, helping conditions such as fibromyalgia.
Headaches can reduce in intensity and frequency, in particular after massage treatments concentrating on the neck and shoulders by decreasing muscle tension.
Massage can improve post operative conditions in cardiac surgery patients, and several studies have demonstrated improves outcomes in patients with cardiovascular disease post surgery.
Studies have shown significantly lower blood glucose levels in diabetics following massage therapy, as well as promoting relaxation to help reduce the stress often felt when trying to control this condition.
Asthmatics too can benefit from massage therapy as it has been shown to reduce cortisol levels, improve pulmonary functions and airway calibre.
If you have a health condition not mentioned above or in another blog post on this topic, and wonder whether massage therapy can benefit you, please get in touch.