Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is one of the most ancient forms of healing, and has been practiced for thousands of years in all regions of the world. Today massage therapy spans a wide variety of therapeutic approaches, working to improve an individual's health and well being through hands on manipulation of muscles and other soft tissues of the body. It has been proven beneficial for reducing stress, enhancing blood circulation, decreasing pain, promoting sleep, reducing swelling, and increasing oxygen capacity of the blood. New uses for massage therapy continue to be discovered as scientific research on this valuable healing modality continues.

While there seems to be universal agreement that massage “feels good”, it also offers many specific benefits. The therapeutic use of massage affects all systems of the body, most particularly circulatory, muscular, fascial and nervous systems. Massage therapy is also effective in the control of pain - both chronic and acute, in stress reduction and in creating a sense of relaxation and well being.

Massage Therapy Benefits

Massage therapy has been found to be beneficial for a significant number of conditions. One of the most significant benefits of massage therapy is improving blood circulation which speeds healing and enhances recovery. It has also been shown beneficial for reducing stress and promoting relaxation, decreasing pain and inflammation, increasing mobility, joint flexibility and range of motion, and increasing the oxygen capacity of the blood, which enhances the immune system. It also improves the health of our muscles, connective tissue and skin.

Apart from its positive effects on our overall health and well being, massage therapy can also help with a variety of health conditions as well. By improving the functioning of the Cardiovascular, Lymphatic, Immune, Nervous, Respiratory, Digestive, Urinary and Endocrine systems, massage therapy can help with the following conditions:

  • Alzheimer’s
  • Anemia
  • Asthma
  • ADHD
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Constipation
  • Diabetes
  • Eating Disorders
  • Edema
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • High blood pressure
  • HIV
  • Injuries
  • Insomnia
  • Low back pain
  • Lung disease
  • MS
  • Nerve entrapment disorders (carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, etc.)
  • Poor circulation
  • Pain (chronic)
  • Pregnancy and post partum
  • PMS
  • Psychiatric disorders
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • TMJ

Please visit The Touch Institute to read more about the scientific research on the benefits of massage therapy for these and other conditions.

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