In Touch for Better Health
Therapeutic massage involves the manipulation of soft tissue throughout the body. This tactile approach brings about general improvements in a patient’s health, from increased relaxation and relief from stress to marked reduction in muscle discomfort.
The Benefits Are Clear
- Increased circulation, which allows the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients to tissues and vital organs;
- Lymph system stimulation against toxic invaders. In breast cancer patients, massage has been shown to increase production of the cells that fight cancer;
- Relaxation of injured or overused muscles;
- Reduction of lactic acid in the blood, which causes spasms and cramping;
- Increased flexibility of joints;
- Reduced recovery time from strenuous injuries;
- Release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller;
- Reduction in post-surgery adhesions and edema (excess of watery fluid collected in cavities or tissues in the body);
- Improved range of motion and decreased discomfort for patients with lower back pain;
- Less pain for migraine sufferers and decreased need for medication;
- Exercise and stretching for atrophied muscles and reduced shortening of the muscles for those with restricted range of motion;
- Shorter labor and reduced tearing for expectant mothers, as well as lessening the need for medication, minimizing depression and anxiety, and shortening hospital stays.