Massage has been shown to be beneficial for a number of health conditions. “Andrew Weil, M.D., is a world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, a healing oriented approach to health care which encompasses body, mind, and spirit.” According to Dr. Weil, “The healing touch of massage can reduce heart rate, blood pressure and stress hormone levels. It can also enhance immune levels of endorphins and serotonin – the body’s natural painkillers and mood regulators – and increase blood circulation, all while easing sore and achy muscles”.
New studies have found that even 10 minutes of massage can have profound effects on athletes sore muscles by reducing inflammation and lead to faster recovery times. Other benefits of massage are:
- Lessen depression and anxiety
- Increase range of motion and joint flexibility
- Improve circulation
- Reduce migraine pain and reoccurrences
- Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph nodes
- Alleviate back pain
- Decrease tension
- Lesson carpal tunnel symptoms
- Reduce blood pressure
- Ease post-operative pain
- Reduce arthritis pain
- Reduce symptoms of cerebral palsy in children
- Ease labor pain
- Reduce symptoms of Parkinson’s disease
- Decrease fibromyalgia symptoms
- Help people suffering from eating disorders
Dr. Andrew Weil suggests that the list of possible health benefits of massage therapy is even broader than first thought as new research continues to explore and discover the wide reaching benefits. Research at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center suggest that about half of the cancer patients who received massage reported a decrease in pain, fatigue and nausea caused by cancer treatments.
Massage therapy is no longer just thought of as a special treat you give yourself or a friend for a special occasion. Massage is and should be part of an ongoing health care regime designed to treat and reduce the symptoms of many chronic and stress related illnesses.
Balanced Health and Wellness provides skilled massage therapists to help you feel better and offers a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes nutritional counseling, exercise instruction and massage therapy.
Skilled massage therapists at Balanced Health and Wellness offer a natural way for patients to relax and feel better. Massage therapy services are an ideal way to boost your immune system, reduce your heart rate and more. If you are in need of massage therapy in Berkley MI, or the surrounding areas including Royal Oak and Southfield, contact Balanced Health and Wellness at 248.397.8122.