Massage Therapy and the Benefits
Updated: Jan 15
Stress can undoubtedly take its toll on the body both emotionally and physically.
More than ever before, our levels of stress and anxiety are high. Muscle and joint pain can flare up when we are stressed.
Modern technology is a beautiful thing; however, with the constant use of our phones and tablets, a condition referred to as tech neck is rising among young and older individuals. Massage can have a positive impact on the symptoms of tech neck.
The Oldest Healing Tradition
Massage therapy, thought to have therapeutic properties, was used by the Ancient Greeks, Egyptians, Chinese and Indians to treat various ailments.
Massage Therapy Defined
Massage therapy is soft tissues of the body manipulation, which include the muscles, tendons, connective tissue, ligaments, and joints. Massage therapy is a clinically oriented healthcare to help alleviate the discomfort associated with everyday occupational stresses, muscular over-use and many pain conditions. Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario
Massage therapy can enhance your overall wellness when you need a moment of relaxation, reduce muscle tension, or relieve chronic pain. Massage therapy can also help alleviate musculoskeletal disorders associated with everyday stress, muscular overuse, physical manifestation of mental distress and many persistent pain syndromes.
An immediate benefit of massage is the feeling of deep relaxation and calm by releasing endorphins – the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that produce a sense of well-being. Massage reduces the levels of stress hormones such as adrenalin, cortisol, and norepinephrine.
Benefits of massage therapy:
Lowers stress and improves relaxation The number one benefit of massage is stress relief. Massage therapy may relieve stress-related conditions, such as migraine headaches, by reducing the muscle tension in your head, neck and shoulders.
Increase immune function Research shows that massage therapy can help boost the immune and flush toxins, reducing stress hormones and increasing blood flow throughout the body
Boost mental health and wellness Research also suggests that symptoms associated with mental health (stress, anxiety and depression) may be directly affected by massage therapy.
Management of pain Pain can negatively affect a person’s quality of life and slow recovery from illness or injury.
Improve sports injury Athletes or anyone active in sports can benefit from massage therapy as it can reduce muscle tension.
Massage therapy can also be a part of a preventative care program, including sports training, injury prevention, ongoing stress management and more!
Brent Ellis is the Massage Therapist at Parkway Back and Foot Clinic. Feel free to contact him with your concerns, and he will gladly consult with you.
Brent is available for appointments:
Wednesday - 8:30 am - final appointment at 7:30 pm
Friday - 8:30 am - final appointment at 3:30 pm