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The Benefits and Applications of Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is an often overlooked treatment which can be beneficial for many people. Massages can improve your mood, boost your circulation and aid recovery from injury.

When most people think of massages, they think of a luxurious, relaxing session which does little more than simply help you relax after a stressful week at work. In truth, there are many other benefits to massages.

A growing number of people are learning the benefits of sports massage London athletes are taking time out of their busy schedules for lunch-time massages, helping them to recover from the previous day’s training sessions. Even casual athletes can benefit from this sort of training.

The Health Benefits of Massage
Massage therapy has been found to be beneficial in managing anxiety and depression. Simply having a massage is a relaxing experience and de-stressing without relying on medication is always a good thing. Regular massages, combined with meditation and breathing techniques, can help patients to manage their anxiety. This is a part of the reason that massages are so popular with city workers. They provide people with the opportunity to get out of the office for a while and relax in a peaceful, quiet environment without people constantly calling for their attention.

Massages can also help people to sleep better, because they are more relaxed. Improved sleep leads to better concentration and increased alertness and can help with other day-to-day issues too. Migraine sufferers have found that massages can reduce the severity or frequency of attacks, especially if their attacks are triggered by tension in the neck muscles, posture, or stress.

Another area where massage can be beneficial is pain relief. Coaches have used sports massage for many years to help their athletes, but there are mainstream applications for massage in this area too. Massaging sore muscles boosts blood flow and helps the muscles to relax, reducing pain and promoting healing. When combined with contrast baths or regular treatment with heat pads, recovery can be greatly accelerated.

It is a good idea to combine massages with gentle exercise (or physiotherapy in the case of persistent, long term pain). Yoga, Pilates and swimming are all good options for people who have persistent joint or muscle issues that need slow and careful rehabilitation.

One area of massage therapy which needs more research is the possibility that massages can boost the immune system. Several studies have found a link between regular massages and an improved immune system, but this could be a side effect of people feeling generally better, less stressed and more able to get a good night’s sleep after a massage, rather than a direct benefit of the massage itself.

The human body is incredibly complex and no one treatment works for everyone. When it comes to health care, it is a good idea to explore as many avenues as possible, from medicine and healthy living to massage and alternative therapies. No one therapy can be a substitute for advice from a trained medical professional but it is worth asking your doctor to work with you to find the best combination of solutions for your needs.

Wilson is a sports therapist and health blogger from Bracknell. He specialises in
sports massage London athletes frequently come to him for help with injury rehabilitation.