The most immediate and noticeable response to massage therapy is relaxation. Relaxation serves an important physiological purpose. The functions that heal and restore your body are allowed to take place: muscle tension releases, circulation increases, cellular nourishment accelerates, and lymphatic flow improves. As your stress and anxiety levels decrease, your immune system is stimulated, hormones return to balance, body awareness improves, and mental alertness increases. A strong sense of well-being emerges.
Painful or Tight Muscles
Massage Therapy effectively restores abnormal muscle tone that causes painful cramping; habitual clenching (i.e. jaw, hands); or general, over-all tension. Some massage techniques release tension directly by stretching, kneading, and compressing the tissues. Other techniques work indirectly by affecting your nervous system.
Massage facilitates the healing process of various soft tissue injuries, such as tendonitis, ligament sprains and muscle strains. Massage increasing circulation to the affected area, which removes waste products and brings nutrients to injured cells. Certain massage techniques can limit scar formation in new injuries and can reduce or make more pliable the scar tissue remaining around old injuries.
Prevention of New Injuries
By relieving chronic tension, massage can help prevent injuries that might result from putting stress on unbalanced muscle groups or from favoring or forcing a painful, restricted area.
Joint Pain or Restriction
Besides releasing tight muscles that can restrict joint movement, massage works directly on your joints by improving circulation around them and stimulating the production of natural lubrication within them, relieving pain from conditions such as osteoarthritis.
As massage releases restrictions in muscles, joints, and surrounding fascia, your body is freed to return to a more natural and healthy posture. Massage can also relieve the contracted muscles and pain caused by abnormal spinal curvatures such as scoliosis.