Your back is designed to do a lot of amazing things. It is the connecting point that supports your head and trunk and controls your limbs, flexibility, and movement. When a back problem develops it can be restricting, painful, even debilitating. These issues can arise from an acute injury (such as a car accident or sports injury) or they can develop over time. While medications tend to be a “quick fix” to mask the pain temporarily, massage therapy can actually help reduce or alleviate back pain, especially when it is combined with regular chiropractic care.
While we tend to think of massage as a way to pamper ourselves, but it's much more than a momentary feel-good treatment. Massage has many important health benefits. In fact, massage can help you maintain physical, mental and emotional well-being, especially when it is part of your regular wellness routine.
Here are some of the many benefits of massage:
* Massage calms the nervous system and promotes a sense of relaxation and well-being.
* Massage reduces tension and anxiety and can help relieve depression.
* Massage improves blood circulation, which delivers oxygen and nutrients to the cells.
* Massage stimulates the lymphatic system, which carries away the body’s waste products.
* Massage prevents and relieves muscle cramps and spasms.
Remind yourself of these health benefits if you start to feel guilty about getting massage!
Massage is not a good idea if you have a fever, infections, inflammation, osteoporosis and other medical conditions. If you have any questions about whether a massage would be right for you, ask to speak to a massage therapist before you make your appointment.
How often you should get a massage depends on several factors, including your physical and emotional needs; your stress levels; and your budget. There's no question that you will experience the most health benefits from massage when you get massage regularly. If you get a massage once a year, it will be relaxing, but it can't undo a lifetime of muscle tension. Typically, once every week or two is ideal for keeping your muscle tissue pliable and in good shape. If you are in chronic pain or have a special issue to address, you might need to come weekly (or even twice a week) until you feel better.
Once you're feeling good, once a month is the recommended minimum for maintaining the health of your tissue. If you start stretching the massages out too far apart, then your muscles can revert to their old patterns, especially if you come under stress. If you wait too long, you'll have to start all over again to restore their suppleness and pliancy. Listen to your body, but don't wait too long in an effort to save money.
Massage is not a good idea if you have a fever, infections, inflammation, osteoporosis, and or other medical conditions. If you have any questions about whether a massage would be right for you, ask to speak to a massage therapist before you make your appointment.