Depressed? In pain? Massage therapy may help
The benefits of massage therapy go far beyond relieving stiff or knotted muscles. Studies have shown there’s value in massage therapy for anxiety, digestive disorders, fibromyalgia, headaches, stress and stress-related sleep disorders, soft tissue strains or injuries and more.
As a complementary treatment, massage therapy boosts levels of oxytocin, serotonin and dopamine. These hormones promote feelings of comfort, trust, happiness and well-being. High levels of cortisol in the body are associated with stress, anxiety, decreased memory and high blood pressure. Massage can help lower the levels of cortisol helping alleviate symptoms.
Massage can even help the immune system. According to a Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre study, people showed changes to their immune system responses after massage sessions. They experienced increased circulating lymphocytes – the white blood cells that help fight infection.
Back pain is common issue, especially for those who sit all day at work. A pain medicine study found about half of people with chronic lower back pain who received 10 sessions of massage therapy experienced clinically significant improvements in their pain – and the effects lasted. About 75 percent of those who experience improvements in their pain after the initial 10 sessions still showed improvement at 24 weeks.
So ask yourself – do you just want to relax or do you want symptom relief? The massage therapists at Our Clinic are trained in a variety of massage styles to be better able to complement your health and wellness. Your massage can be customized to meet your needs.