The Benefits of Massage Therapy
Most patients who visit our Jacksonville and Fleming Island, FL wellness center are aware that massages can be relaxing, but many are not aware that massage therapy can provide other benefits as well.
Varied research studies have found that partaking in massage therapy can provide you with pain relief that lasts for months, if not longer. For instance, in one piece of research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, experts in Seattle examined over 400 people who were dealing with recurring lower back pain. A number of them were asked to engage in structural massage, others were given relaxation massages, and the remainder of the individuals received usual care.
The participants who participated in massage therapy were less stressed by their symptoms when questioned at the 10, 26, and 52-week marks. They also found that the positive aspects were experienced for six months or more. So, if you’re feeling pain in your lower back, or other regions of your body, massage therapy might be able to provide some much needed relief.
If you have a severe medical issue that keeps you in a continual state of pain, massage therapy can possibly help relieve your discomfort. As reported by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), massage therapy has been found to successfully decrease pain as well as several other symptoms often experienced by people diagnosed with cancer, fibromyalgia, diabetes, asthma, and HIV/AIDS, just to name a few.
In addition to benefiting you physically, when you get a massage at our Fleming Island, FL clinic, you may also lower your risk of depression, anxiety, and other all-too-common mental health conditions. When your body feels healthy, so does your mind, which means better moods and a happier disposition.
Call Select Health and Wellness at (904) 425-9060 to schedule your first massage therapy session today!
Cherkin, DC, et al. (2011, July 5). A comparison of the effects of 2 types of massage and usual care on chronic low back pain; a randomized, controlled trial. Annals of Internal Medicine, 155(1), 1-9, doi:10.7326/0003-4819-155-1-201107050-00002
Massage therapy for health purposes: what you need to know. (2014, February). National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). Retrieved from http://nccam.nih.gov/health/massage/massageintroduction.htm