How You Can Benefit From Massage Therapy

male massageWe live in a stressful society; meeting deadlines, parenting, vying for promotions and maintaining a pleasant home environment can overwhelm us. Stress is manifested by irritability, depression, headaches, upset stomach, rashes, insomnia, ulcers, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.  The benefits of massage therapy could be an important link in decreasing stress.  Massage therapy is the combination of science and art that provides a relaxing healing of tense muscles and many other conditions.

How Can Massage Therapy Help Me?

The benefits of massage therapy are many.  Depending upon your need, your massage therapist can help you through:

    1. increasing blood circulation among vital organs
    2. stimulation of the lymph system to increase resistance to disease
    3. helping in releasing endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers
    4. relieving migraine headaches
    5. relaxing tense muscles
    6. lowering levels of stress hormones
    7. relieving symptoms of chronic pain from fibromyalgia
    8. calming and soothing emotions such as depression and anxiety

Your skilled therapist will evaluate your symptoms and explain the benefits of massage therapy and how it can help relieve physical and emotional pain.  Many physicians understand the benefits of massage therapy and will suggest that some patients see a massage therapist.  Patients with fibromyalgia , chronic headaches, lower neck and back pain, hypertension, depression and anxiety very often find relief through the benefits of massage therapy.

A unique benefit of massage therapy is helping women in the last two months of pregnancy.  Massage often causes a shorter labor, reduced vaginal tearing, minimizes the need for medication during and after labor, reduces depression and anxiety of first-time mothers, and shortens hospital stays. Obstetric physicians support the patient’s involvement in massage therapy, understanding its many benefits.

Massage gives the patient a sense of general well-being through the therapist’s caring, nurturing touch and the relaxing environment of the massage room.  In a relaxed state of body and mind, the patient’s capacity for calm thinking rather than impulsive thoughts and behavior steadily increases.

Another benefit of massage therapy is relieving post-surgical pain, increasing healing time, and reducing the formation of scar tissue.  This is essential in sport medicine; athletes who suffer from injury and must have surgery.  Massage reduces post-operative pain and swelling and releases endorphins that shorten recovery time.  It can also increase athletic performance and improves joint flexibility.

Is Massage Therapy Right for Me?

First, talk with your physician to make sure that massage therapy won’t interfere with your traditional medical care.  Then there is only one way to determine if you benefit from massage therapy.  Many physicians and physical therapists maintain a directory of massage therapists and can refer you to a capable professional.  Trying massage therapy will cause you no harm, and only you can determine if the benefits of massage therapy are helpful for you.

Call Thrive Massage and Wellness today to schedule your therapeutic massage.

Thrive Massage and Wellness
4955 N Hamilton Rd
Columbus, OH  43230
(614) 473-1000


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