If you suffer with anxiety, studies suggests that a massage can actually help significantly reduce your symptoms.
Your body has two different nervous systems: the sympathetic nervous system and the parasympathetic nervous system.
Your sympathetic is fight or flight, the system that is linked to anxiety disorders.
During a massage, however, your parasympathetic (or calming) response is increased, which results in a decrease in anxiety.
And equally great news? Those effects are long-lasting!
If you experience an injury or joint pain (especially if the problem is long-term or chronic), you’ll also have what are called soft-tissue restrictions, which cause knots or trigger points of pain.
Those restrictions can, over time, lead to problems like joint decay or other ligament problems, so by actively massaging out those soft-tissue restrictions, you’re not only helping your current injury, but also helping prevent against other problems down the road.
The important thing when getting a massage for your injury is going to an experienced, licensed massage therapist who has extensive experience with injured patients.
Any type of soft tissue work is, in essence, causing scientific damage, and if you work too deep, then area can’t heal from that treatment.
Our knowledgeable team of professionals will be able to assess which areas around the injury need massage, and which areas are best to avoid.
Improve Immune Response
Your body has two different immune responses: Th1 and Th2, and they need to be in balance in order to have your immune system working optimally.
If the Th2 gets in excess of the Th1 system, it can lead to or increase the risk of autoimmune problems.
But during massage, you’re slowing down stress hormones to help maintain this balance.
In turn, this can help make autoimmune conditions like asthma, type 1 diabetes, or dermatitis more manageable through things like decreased pain and fatigue.
Some people get fatigued because they’re not sleeping enough, others are getting fatigued because of various biological factors.
No matter what the cause of your fatigue is, one easy solution is (you guessed it) a massage. In fact, studies have found that breast cancer survivors who received weekly Swedish massages experienced a reduction in their fatigue, a particularly debilitating effect of the disease.
Have trouble sleeping or suffer from insomnia? Massage can actually help you sleep more deeply. Sleep is all related to how much activity there is in the nervous system and when you get a massage, your nervous system itself actually slows down due to the pressure.
Plus, when you’re getting deeper, more restorative sleep, that in turn reduces your levels of substance P (a neurotransmitter for pain), which reduces overall pain.
So if you have any aches, massage will do double-duty.