Do you know that getting a massage is just more then an experience that feels good?
If you have had a massage you know it feels wonderful, it’s a great way to relax, and feels like an indulgence. However, massage is proving more and more to be an effective treatment and adjunct treatment for many medical conditions. Below is a list of various conditions massage therapy helps to treat either directly or in conjunction with a primary treatment.
- Physical pain such as muscle tension, back pain, neck, shoulders, elbows & knees
- Myofascial Pain Syndrome
- Rotator Cuff Syndrome
- Tennis Elbow
- Frozen Shoulder
- Muscle sprains and strains
- Sports injuries
- Headaches & Migraines
- Common cold and flu
- Arthritis & Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Carpal Tunnel
- Breast Cancer & other types of cancer
- Recovering from major surgery such as heart bypass surgery
- Asthma & Bronchitis
The research being conducted on massage therapy demonstrates that it is an effective treatment for reducing chronic and acute physical pain. It can help you recover faster from injuries in the short term and reduce the need for pain medications and surgeries in the long term.
Massage therapy in a clinical setting is something you see more and more. It has been used for many years with treatments like chiropractic a natural complimentary regimen. But now can be found in cancer clinics, orthopedic offices, OBGYN offices as well as many independent massage practices like Massage Works Los Gatos whose sole focus is improving the health and fitness of their clients.
When I first began doing massage I had a skiing injury that injured one of my knees and left me limping and unable to exercise. When I had a therapeutic massage on that leg by my mentor and it was excruciating but very effective. Within two days it was as if I had never injured my knee at all. This really taught me how effective massage can be for physical pain and injury. I am happy to say I have over the years seen many clients also get relief from knee pain as well as many other types of aches and pains whether from injuries, workouts or just the stress of their lives.
Therapeutic massage, in conjunction with directly treating physical pain, also alters your biochemistry; thereby dramatically improving your immune system, as well as boosting positive mood hormones. Stress has been said to be the root of as much as 80% of all diseases and is something massage therapy is know to help with. Getting a massage helps to reduce the stress hormones cortisol, raise feel good hormones dopamine and serotonin, and lower excititory hormones like nor-epinephrine and epinephrine.
Massage therapy is no longer regulated to spa days and get-away weekends. It can become an integral part of your life, especially if you suffer from any of the conditions above. Find an experienced therapist who has helped their clients with specific problems and know that given the right help your body is amazingly powerful to heal and function in optimal health! Therapeutic massage treats your entire being from head-to-toe to mind, body & soul.
Massage Works Los Gatos brings massage therapy that does just that, it works, to help you get relief from chronic or acute pain as well as stress and strain. Our mission is to help active women and men incorporate massage and a healthy lifestyle into their lives to live with positive energy and vitality.