The importance and benefits of massage

Massage is known for its profound healing properties, all across the world; it is considered the oldest form of medicine- used as a natural remedy to boost immune systems, decrease blood pressure, and drain oedema through the lymphatic system.  

The earliest written records of massage therapy were discovered in Egypt and China, as the Egyptians tomb stones had many illustrations of people massaging others as a sign of worship.  

They found that massage prevented illness and cured many health problems, massage became a sacred system of natural healing.  

The health benefits of massage therapy include: 

  • Helps reduce high blood pressure 
  • Drains toxins and waste from the body through the lymphatic system 
  • Reduces oedema  
  • Aids weight loss by breaking down fatty deposits and boosts metabolism 
  • Improves mental capacity and memory as it forces fresh oxygenated blood to the brain 
  • Improves muscle tone  
  • Repairs muscles more efficiently 
  • Helps correct posture and realign the spine 
  • Increases synovial fluid around the joints; aiding in pain relief for arthritis patients especially osteoarthritis 
  • Relieves pain for fibromyalgia patients  
  • Increases your range of motion 
  • Improves sleep  
  • Decreases anxiety and depression  
  • Releases endorphins 
  • Lowers the production of the stress hormone cortisol  
  • Increases the level of mood boosting hormones; serotonin  
  • Reduces chronic back pain  
  • Improves the immune system  
  • Improves hair, skin and nail health  

Massage is used as a form of pain relief medicine for arthritis, fibromyalgia and reduces oedema.  

 

Chronic osteoarthritis responds well to massage, evidenced in many past studies. Pain is relieved as the muscles surrounding the joints relax, releasing stiffness and allowing for a better range of motion and mobility. Massage improves the synovial fluid around the joints, allowing you to be more active and agile. These results from massage improve pain if done regularly; we recommend having a massage weekly for pain relief reasons like arthritis.  

 

Fibromyalgia causes pain throughout the body, with tenderness in joints, as well as in the muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. Although there is no cure for this painful syndrome, pain can be managed, and massage for fibromyalgia patients is one way to practice pain management effectively.  

 

Oedema is commonly dependent on massage treatments to reduce that swollen appearance. 

There are several types of oedema, but the most common are peripheral and pedal oedema which usually affect the lower limbs. These are the forms that cause swollen calves, ankles, or feet. 

Massage works by draining the lymphatic system, forcing the clear tubes to send the sluggish waste through the lymph nodes at different locations in the body which acts as a filter, then carries the waste products and destroyed bacteria back into the bloodstream. 

The liver or kidneys then remove these from the blood. The body passes them out with other body waste, through bowel movements. Forcing this process decreases the fluid retention as if not massaged, the lymph can linger around for a while.  

 

Massage is a general good practice to adopt into your lifestyle to improve all aspects of your life. Weather you suffer from mild to chronic back pain, have a high stress job causing you to always have tense, contracted muscles, are highly active and need your muscles to repair quicker, or you have trouble sleeping.  

Massage is not just a luxury; it’s a MOT for your body, otherwise it may break down just like an un- serviced car! 

For more advice on the massage treatments we offer, call the practice or send us an enquiry: 

Contact – Kingswood Parks Dental (kingswoodparksclinics.co.uk) 

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