When you are feeling tired and achy, or maybe you haven’t been sleeping well, the thought of treating yourself to a soothing massage can bring a smile to your face. Massage has long been valued for relaxation and relief for muscle soreness, but there are also some impressive health benefits, too. Massage increases healthful blood flow to tired and strained tissues, carrying oxygen and vital nutrients that support greater overall health and well-being. Regular massage therapy has the power to boost your immune system, decrease depression and lessen the symptoms of many illnesses and ailments.
Massage has been used in health care for centuries. Cultures around the world have embraced and developed techniques and types of massage that can be used to tailor your bodywork to your specific health needs. Ayurvedic massage originated in India and has been shown to alleviate and even cure sciatica, arthritis, insomnia, rheumatism and blood pressure issues. Reflexology is a smooth form of massage that improves circulation and range of motion while relieving muscular tension by applying deep pressure to the hands, ears and feet to stimulate healing. Japanese Shiatsu massage therapy uses pressure points to stimulate the circulation and hormonal systems and bring about balance to the body. Swedish massage is a gentle form of massage that uses kneading, long strokes, deep circular movements, tapping and vibration to relax muscles and energize tissues. Sports massage has become an interval part of training programs for its ability to help athletes prevent injury and recover faster. A study published in Science Transitional Medicine reported that even a short, ten-minute Swedish massage can reduce the inflammatory response to damage incurred while muscles exercise. You don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from regular massage. Anyone who struggles with headaches, insomnia related to stress, anxiety, digestive disorders and a number of other issues can benefit from regular massage therapy.
Balanced Health and Wellness offers a personalized, hands-on approach to comprehensive health care that begins with a in-depth assessment of your work life, dietary habits, sleep patterns and social activities to get a clear picture of which lifestyle habits influence your health, and what can be done to bring you into a state of optimum wellness by making you a proactive partner in the development and fulfillment of a health plan that is tailored to what you need and how you live. When you are ready for a fresh, hands-on approach to health care that brings the best of chiropractic, nutritional guidance, exercise instruction and massage to a singular practice that is centered around you. Call us today at 248.397.8122 or fill out the form in the sidebar today to learn more about our practice and schedule your appointment.