How Massage Can Relieve Symptoms Associated with Medical Conditions
Posted on 25th November 2020 at 10:00
We all instinctively know that massage is good for our health. Deep tissue massage involves a more targeted focus towards areas with muscle knots and tight tissue and will provide reduced muscle tensions, stiffness, and fatigue to improve athletic performance and normal day to day posture.
So, exactly what are the typical symptoms that massage therapy can alleviate? Here’s a list of common symptoms/benefits that massage therapy has proven to bring.
Relieves headache and migraine pain
Alleviates back pain
Increases flow of lymph and enhances the immune system
Lowers blood pressure
Reduces carpal tunnel symptoms
Releases endorphins and in turn enhances your mood
Osteoarthritis, cancer, fibromyalgia, and anxiety/depression are good examples of medical conditions where massage therapy can help alleviate symptoms. However, it’s important to note that deep tissue massage for Fibromyalgia is NOT recommended due to the intensity and pressure of the strokes.
For individuals who have Osteoarthritis, massage therapy can help relieve swelling as well as pain, whilst also encouraging joint mobility and improving the circulation through your arthritic joints. Using massage therapy for this condition is an excellent short-term drug-free solution to soothe pain and increase quality of life. Always check with your GP to see which type of massage treatment is safe and appropriate for your form of arthritis. Some types of treatment may not be right for you and could cause issues.
We understand that patients undergoing chemotherapy often find that they bruise and bleed easily, so following an in-depth consultation, it’s likely the correct massage approach for most will be light with no pressure on affected areas. Comfort and pain relief can also be provided through massage for those who have recently had cancer related surgery.
Despite the many benefits of massage treatments for cancer patients, there are some concerns to be aware of. Prior to your massage booking, you should always look to consult with your GP for specific medical advice for your particular cancer and get advice on the most suitable massage treatment. When you have a consultation with your massage therapist, you should outline any specific details surrounding your cancer and the areas of pain, as well as other relevant specifics your GP may have provided. This way we can be sure to provide you with the best massage treatment for your condition.
Patients who suffer with Fibromyalgia will first need to get clearance from their GP prior to booking an appointment. This is due to the heightened sensitivity of pressure that is associated with Fibromyalgia, a factor which can cause greater damage if the condition is too extensive or incorrectly massaged. If you suffer with this ailment it is suggested you look for a therapist who has experience with treating fibromyalgia, your health care assistant or GP should be able to recommend a good clinical massage therapist for your needs.
Anxiety and Depression
Massage therapy for anxiety and depression is overlooked as a tremendous alleviator for related symptoms. Whilst a mental illness, our physical bodies and what we do with them play a great part on chemical balances, which in turn impact our mental state. For example, cortisol; the body’s primary stress hormone, is a hormone which helps your body to respond to stress, regulate blood sugar, repair tissue, and fight infections. Following a massage, cortisol levels decline, and serotonin increases, therefore encouraging the anti-pain mechanisms inside your body.
Our treatment facility will provide a safe and nurturing place for you to relax, focus, and find a moment of clarity. Massages can increase the awareness of mind and body connection and can help generate confidence, self-image, and self-worth. Also, a friendly therapist can be a person great person to chat to. If you prefer to have peace and quiet, we’re absolutely happy to massage without the chat.
What you should know prior to booking an appointment:
Prior to your massage, it is best that you provide your therapist with as much information about yourself and any related medical conditions. This way your therapist can provide you with a treatment that is as effective as possible.
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