Massage therapy can benefit anyone, but it has been shown to help people with cancer, heart disease, stomach problems, and fibromyalgia. Before your first session, make sure to discuss any medical concerns with your therapist.
Here are a few of the advantages of massage therapy.
1. Stress and anxiety are reduced:-
A study discovered that the feeling of calm after massage therapy can help reduce stress and anxiety. The sympathetic nervous system drives your “fight or flight” response in stressful situations, while the parasympathetic nervous system focuses on routine and day-to-day operations that lead to relaxation and rest. Massage therapy is thought to boost your parasympathetic nervous system, which can help you feel less anxious.
2. Enhances sleep:-
Massage therapy can lower cortisol (a stress hormone) while increasing serotonin and dopamine levels, two neurotransmitters are known to stabilize your mood. Massage therapy has been shown in studies to be beneficial for menopausal insomnia and congestive heart failure.
3. Pain and muscle tension is reduced.
A number of studies have been conducted to investigate how massage therapy can help reduce pain such as acute back pain, neck pain, headaches, and knee pain. The findings indicate that relief may be temporary rather than long-term, and in some cases, receiving a 60-minute massage therapy multiple times per week outperformed fewer or shorter massages.
4. Enhances immune function:-
Can massage therapy strengthen your immune system? According to one study, regular massages increase your body’s level of white blood cells, which fight viruses.
5. Constipation relief:-
According to one study, abdominal massage therapy may help with bowel movements in people who are constipated after surgery.
6. Reduces the severity of fibromyalgia symptoms:-
Massage therapy may improve symptoms of fibromyalgia, a chronic illness that causes muscle and joint pain and fatigue, according to studies on sleep, memory, and mood.
7. Cancer pain relief:-
The physical and emotional toll for cancer patients is significant. Many people have turned to massage therapy to help them cope with cancer pain, relax, and improve their quality of life. A number of studies have been conducted, with some claiming that massage therapy has no effect on cancer pain and others claiming that it does.