Have you been suffering from neck, shoulder and back tension? Sore, stiff and aching muscles? Tension and headaches? Returning to sport or have an injury that just won’t heal? In today’s environment many people suffer from muscular problems caused by poor posture, too long sitting in front of computer screens, driving for hours, or just plain stress.
Did you know that regular massage has real physical benefits and can help to alleviate many of these symptoms and isn’t just a luxury treatment. Massage is now accepted as a mainstream treatment to keep you able, mobile and ready to face the day. For those with chronic pain, it offers an alternative to find relief without taking more medication and recent research proves this.
There has been much promotion of massage, extolling its virtues of reducing pain, relieving stress, improving sleep, increasing blood supply and nutrients to muscles to speed injury recovery with very little in the way of real hard evidence. Until now….one study found that a single, 45 minute massage lead to a small reduction in the level of cortisol (a stress hormone) in the blood and a decrease in cytokine proteins related to inflammation and allergic reactions, and a boost in white blood cells that fight infection. Furthermore, it has been found that massage boosts immune function in women with breast cancer, improves symptoms in children with asthma and increases grip strength in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome. Research has also shown that giving massage to premature babies has helped in the vital task of gaining weight. In fact, think of our most natural instinct when in pain – we rub the affected area.
Never underestimate the POWER OF TOUCH.