Benefits of Massage
What is massage therapy?
Massage is a technique that applies pressure to parts of the body by stroking, kneading, tapping or pressing. It aims to relax you mentally and physically. Massage may concentrate on the muscles, the soft tissues, or on the acupuncture points.
Massage techniques can range from being soft and gentle to vigorous and brisk. They may sometimes even be a bit uncomfortable. Therapists may treat your whole body or concentrate on a specific part, such as your head, neck or shoulders.
How can massage help me?
Rheumatoid arthritis - According to research published in the 2015 issue of Complementary Therapy in Clinical Practice, study participants reported relief from pain and stiffness after four once-a-week moderate-pressure massages on arms affected by rheumatoid arthritis, supplemented with daily self-massage at home. They also reported having a stronger grip and a greater range of motion than those who were given only a light-touch massage, or no massage at all.
Varicose vain - Varicose veins are quite common in the general population; they are estimated to affect as many as 50% of middle-aged adults. The first recomendation a doctor gives for anyone suffering with varicose vein is to keep moving around and exorcising, this is because the affected area will have reduced oxygen flow and by moving you will increase blood flow to the area. Light massage therapy can increase blood flow and ultimately oxygenation of areas, as shown in the research paper Comparison of Blood Flow Changes. The second recomendation for Varicose vein is to elevate the affected area at a 45 degree angle.
Lymphoma - Around 45 of 100 sufferers have used complimentary therapies such as massage. Complimentary therapy can help to control symptoms and side effects of treatment. Complimentary therapies can help to increase overal psychological wellbeing by reducing stress and anxiety as explained by the Lymphoma action charity
Diabtetes - According to the American Diabetes Association, an estimated 1 out of 3 diabetics over the age of 50 will suffer from peripheral arterial disease (PAD). PAD occurs when the blood vessels in the legs are narrowed and blocked by fatty deposits, and the blood flow to the feet is decreased. This can result in an alarming number of consequences, ranging from foot ulcers to amputation.
Massage can help to reduce glucose levels helping to avoid hyperglycemia in diabetics as shown in the American diabetes association journal. High blood sugar can result in the thickening of connective tissue, and massage will increase the mobility and elasticity of that tissue