Massage involves working and acting on the body with structured, unstructured, stationary or moving pressure manually with the hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearm or feet or with mechanical aids. According to a 2007 American Massage Therapy Association survey, almost a quarter of all adult Americans had at least one massage in the previous year. More and more people recognize the health benefits of massage.
Some of these benefits include:
- Stress Relief
- Improved Posture/Relief of Postural Stress Due to Prolonged Sitting
- Improved Circulation
- Lower Blood Pressure
- Muscle Relaxation/Ease of Muscle Pain
- Improvement in Flexibility and Range of Motion (ROM)
- Headache Relief
- Enhancement of Post-Operative Rehabilitation
- Improvement of Rehabilitation after Injury
- Strengthened Immune System
Here’s something to think about…
Did you know that a 2011 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that massage therapy is as effective as other methods of treatment for chronic back pain? And, did you know that a 2010 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that massage boosts patients’ white blood cell count (which plays a large role in defending the body from disease)?
Massage is only available in conjunction with Physical Therapy.