With our workaholic culture more and more people are taking advantage of the relaxation benefits of massage. While this wonderful benefit is not to be slighted it is by no means the only good thing that massage can do for you. Do you have high blood pressure or know someone who does? How about headaches, muscle spasms, poor posture, or limited range of motion? The truth is that relaxation is just the tip of the iceberg for what massage is good for.
Because massage improves circulation and encourages good blood flow one result is lowering blood pressure. Studies show regular massage will decrease your heart rate, lower your blood pressure and even reduce inflammation. I’m by no means suggesting dropping your blood pressure medication without consulting your physician, or stopping eating your veggies or exercising. If you are someone who is struggling with conditions like bursitis, tennis elbow, headaches, stress or hypertension consider adding massage as a means of dealing with these issues.
Beyond dealing with issues when they arrive, massage can play a part in keeping away injury and illness. By increasing lymphatic flow, getting regular massage can actually strengthen your immune system. Keeping your body flexible and in good postural alignment helps to prevent things like repetitive strain injuries and to shorten recovery time after workouts.
When all things are said and done, massage is an extremely valuable tool when it comes to getting healthy and staying healthy. By getting a massage even just once a month you can improve your immune system, lower your blood pressure, decrease recovery time and overall live better. Massage may not be good for everything under the sun, but it is good for a lot more then you may think. There is no need to wait until you have an issue to deal with. Be proactive when it comes to your health and your life and talk to a massage therapist to see if it can help you. Don’t just treat yourself, take care of yourself and get a massage.