Summary: Massage therapy has several benefits such as counteracting the effects of sitting, easing muscular pain, improving recovery and reducing depression and stress.
Massage therapy is a popular and relaxing past time. However, what many people do not know is that there are significant health benefits from massage. Here are a few of many health benefits of regular massage therapy:
According to most massage therapists, most individuals with a desk job suffer from some form of postural stress. That stress manifests itself as increased muscle tension in the shoulder and neck. Eventually, that muscular stress leads to ailments like headaches and jaw problems. Massage therapy can counteract some of the ill effects of sitting all day in front of a computer.
Massage improves circulation, increasing blood flow and improving sore muscles. Recovery from exercise and physical activity is why almost every athlete has a massage immediately after a practice session or game. Also, according to a study by the Annals of Internal Medicine, massage therapy is effective for reducing chronic back pain.
The human touch and relaxing nature of massage have shown to reduce anxiety and depression. A study found that women diagnosed with breast cancer reported less depression and were slower to anger after just three days of massage a week. Also, another study found that patients were less depressed and more relaxed and had reduced stress levels after a massage.