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  • Massage Therapy and Stress

  • Massage therapy has many useful outcomes. Getting a massage can help you relax and reduce pain or tightness in your muscles. Massage therapy can also improve motion in joints. In addition to these outstanding benefits, massage therapy can enhance circulation, in turn reducing stress levels. Stress is considered a serious risk for chronic disease. It can make symptoms worse. Not to mention stress makes everyday life much more strenuous. Stress is bad for you on many levels behaviorally and cognitively. Massage therapy encompasses many techniques. The massage therapist uses their hands, elbows, and feet to administer treatment. The use of massage to reduce stress is very helpful and should be tried by anyone who suffers from chronic stress.

    Stress Has Its Purpose In Our Lives

    Without stress we would not get things done on time or strive to do better. There is good stress and bad stress. An overwhelming amount of stress is bad stress. When stress is at unbalanced levels it can interfere with your life. This is detrimental stress, not beneficial stress. Massage therapy helps to keep stress in balance so that you have just enough to accomplish your goals without being overwhelmed.

    Activation of the stress response causes muscles throughout the body to tense up. When the event ends, the muscles relax. However, if stress is constant, the muscles may remain in a slightly tensed state. This may lead to joint aches and pains, headaches, chronic back and neck pain and other symptoms. Massage therapy may help relieve your muscle tension. A massage therapist uses various techniques to rub, stroke, stretch or apply pressure to the muscles to help them return to a relaxed state, which in turn reduces your stress-related aches and pains.

    The Body’s Response to Stress

    When responding to stress, the body conserves energy by suppressing the digestive and immune systems. Circulation is increased to the heart, muscles and lungs. With chronic stress, this reaction may lead to decreased immune system activity, which increases the risk of colds, flus, and immune system diseases. Problems with digestion may also accompany chronic stress. Massage may help restore normal circulation, improve immune system activity, and plays a role in restoring normal digestive system function.

    It is apparent that massage therapy is absolutely beneficial for balancing out stress. Hopefully this information helps anyone who suffers from chronic stress. If you are one of those people, massage therapy may be exactly what you need. Choose massage chiropractic before medication and surgery and visit our website, like us on Facebook, Instagram, or call us for an appointment.