Massages are often sold as an indulgence that you get when you visit a spa or go on vacation, but there’s so much more to massage than just a feel good treat. Many health problems can be reduced and even eliminated with regular massage! Discuss any issues with one of our massage therapists and we’ll cater your service to fit your health needs.
Here are a few conditions that can really benefit from massage; a few you might already know and some may surprise you!
Lower Back Pain
This is such a common problem, often caused by bad posture at work, so no wonder many employers bring in massage therapists to help their employees! Poor posture and sitting for too long can cause a lot of lower back problems, as can crouching while gardening, moving boxes around during seasonal clean-up, and simply getting older. Get one of our massage therapist on the case and you can hopefully wave goodbye to a sore back.
Fitness and sport are great for your health but they can sometimes lead to injuries and overworked muscles. A regular massage can help to heal any wear and tear on your muscles and tendons, and can also help you manage the pain from a chronic or acute sports injury. Having well looked-after muscles may also help prevent future injuries – one more reason to book those regular sessions.
Massage can be a blessed relief for people dealing with the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis and other joint problems. Research published in 2013 in the Complementary Therapy in Clinical Practice journal said that people with rheumatoid arthritis reported some relief from pain and stiffness after four once-a-week moderate-pressure massages, topped up with self-massage at home in between treatments. Massage can also help with your range of motion and flexibility, which can relieve pain in your shoulders, knees, and hips. Revive also offers paraffin dips, which can add additional healing benefits to your sore hands and feet.
There are a whole range of health problems that can be caused by bad circulation, so it figures that boosting your circulation will be a bonus for your whole body. Regular massage helps to get the blood moving, getting essential nutrients to where they are needed in your tissues and vital organs much faster. The squeezing and pulling actions involved in a good massage help to flush lactic acid out of your muscles and improve the circulation of lymph – the fluid that carries metabolic waste away from your muscles and internal organs.
Nobody really knows what causes migraines, and there isn’t a cure, but if you’re a migraine sufferer know that your massage therapist can help! Studies have shown that massage can help reduce the frequency of attacks, and lessen the severity of the symptoms. Some migraines, especially those triggered by stress, are especially receptive to massage treatment.
A massage helps to stimulate lymph flow around your body, which boosts your immune system and can help to reduce the severity of allergic reactions. Sometimes a therapist might be able to tell just from your lymph nodes if you are an allergy sufferer as they can feel tender or swollen.
Did any of those surprise you? Of course, you don’t need to make an excuse for wanting a massage, but if you are dealing with any of these health issues, it’s good to know that your regular massage habit is helping. Talk to your therapist and we can make a treatment plan catered to any health issues you’re experiencing!