Everyone knows that receiving a massage feels great, but did you also know that it has some seriously amazing health benefits? Some may think of massage as a luxury, but each day more and more people are coming to recognize the health and wellness benefits of regular massage therapy. As consumers demand more access to alternative treatments, medical massage is becoming a popular complementary therapy in hospitals, physical therapy clinics, and more. Jobs in medical massage therapy are on the rise as employers seek out skilled therapists to add to their health care practices.
AMTA has compiled this list of 5 great ways that regular massage therapy can benefit your health. As anyone who has experienced a massage knows, the positive affects can have a huge impact on your health and wellbeing!
1. Control stress
2. Increase immunity
Medical research indicates that massage therapy can help boost the immune system by increasing the activity level of the body’s natural "killer T cells,” which fight off viruses.
3. Boost mental health and wellness
Research suggests that symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression (all associated with mental health) may be directly affected with massage therapy.
4. Manage pain
Pain can negatively affect a person’s quality of life and impede recovery from illness or injury.Research shows massage can help low-back pain, headaches, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and more.
5. Improve physical fitness
Elite and recreational athletes alike can benefit from massage therapy. Massage can help reduce muscle tension, improve exercise performance and prevent injuries.
Now that you know all the great things that massage is doing for your body, what will you do to help make massage a regular part of your self-care, fitness, or health routine?