Massage – don’t wait until you need it!
Are you the type of person who puts off getting a massage?
You think that because nothing actually hurts, you don’t need to worry about it? Many people think the same way and then end up at our massage office feeling frustrated with a painful issue in their body or an injury.
Massage therapy is wonderful if you do have an injury or are already in pain, but why wait until there’s something wrong before you take action? Massage can be part of your preventative therapy, a way to stop aches and pains from developing into anything more serious.
Preventing problems before they get out of hand by looking after your back and your musculoskeletal system will save you and a lot of stress and money in the future.
It’s frightening, but did you know that according to the Global Burden of Disease 2010, a staggering thirty-one million Americans say that they are dealing with the symptoms of low back pain at any one time, costing over $50 million dollars in conventional medical treatments, worker’s compensation, and absence from work?
Why risk it when a study that was carried out in 2011 proved that having regular lower back massages helped to relieve the pain before it got to the stage where it needed medication or taking time off from work?
Stress busting massage
Another cause of lost productivity and time off work is stress and/or anxiety, so you’ll be pleased to hear that a regular massage session can help you beat the build-up of stress and keep you calmer for longer.
It’s well known that many conditions are either brought on or made worse by stress. Booking time out for regular massage therapy helps to lower your body’s cortisol levels and increase happy hormones serotonin and dopamine. It really puts you in a better mood.
On top of this, it’s also thought that because a deep tissue or Swedish massage in particular help to get your lymph fluid moving, this type of massage can help boost your immunity. This means less coughs, colds and illnesses, which is all good.
Beat the pain of sitting
I know, most of us can’t help it, but the average American sits still for eight or nine hours every single day. If your job means that you have no choice but to sit at a wheel or desk, it will pull your shoulders forward and cause them to become rounded.
This has the effect of weakening your upper and lower back muscles, which is why you’ll be feeling that pain in your upper body. If you can manage to get up and about regularly to do some movement, and team this with a regular massage, your posture will thank you for it and you should reduce any pain you feel from sitting still for so long during working hours while improving your productivity!
Nothing is more frustrating than being sidelined by an injury. Regular massage addresses muscle tightness and scar tissue accumulation before it can become a nagging injury. Tight muscles cause tears and inflammation. You want relaxed, supple muscles that are powerful and flexible.
Have we convinced you to make a massage part of your regular routine?
Of course, it’s not all about preventing illness or relieving pain, having a massage is a deliciously comforting and beneficial therapy in itself, and many people book their regular massage therapy sessions just because they know they will spring off the massage table with a smile on their face, feeling amazing.
At Massage Works we like to work with you to resolve your problem areas and have you come in enough to prevent issues but with enough time between massages that you really know you needed it. The time between massages is different for every client see our article about how often you should get a massage.