I became a massage therapist to specifically help people. I had the opportunity for a masters in athletic training and at the very last minute withdrew from the program. I thought it would be too specific of a population to focus on so I changed to something a bit more broad. I can always work on athletes, but it’s not necessarily part of the job.
Massage therapy has many, many benefits. I have listed 25 here, but of course, there are more.
Here are 25 reasons to go out and get a massage today:
1. It produces better results for low back pain than other therapies.
2. It promotes relaxation and reduces anxiety in patients with varying kinds of cancer.
3. It’s an effective complement to traditional medical care for women undergoing lumpectomy, mastectomy or breast reconstruction.
4. In-patient massage treatment performed after heart bypass surgery helps reduce pain and muscle spasms.
5. It helps relieve depression and anxiety by affecting the body’s biochemistry.
6. It can decrease the occurrence of headaches, sleep disturbances and distress symptoms in adults with migraines.
7. It can help boost immune system strength by increasing the activity level of the body’s natural “killer T cells,” which fight off tumors and viruses.
8. It can help relieve some allergy symptoms by reducing stress, increasing circulation, releasing muscle tension and reprogramming the body’s panic reaction, which can exacerbate symptoms.
9. It can help addicts in recovery by increasing dopamine and serotonin, and decreasing cortisol.
10. It can help with those that suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) by calming the mind, body, and spirit.
11. It can help calm & center children on the autism spectrum.
12. It can provide emotional and social support for patients in hospice.
13. It can help relieve pain with people who suffer from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.
14. It can assist in reducing the symptoms of anxiety.
15. It can help improve sleep.
16. It can improve the quality of life for those in hospice and palliative care.
17. It can be a beneficial part of an integrative treatment plan for those who suffer with fibromyalgia syndrome.
18. It can help pre-term infants gain more weight and improve on emotionality, sociability, and soothability temperament.
19. It can be effective for stress relief.
20. It can be used to improve athletic performance, speed recovery, and can be utilized by all individuals who participate in any athletic and/or exercise program to help improve conditioning and maintain peak performance.
21. It can be a valuable component of a wellness program.
22. It can help improve range of motion in children with burns.
23. It is effective in improving pain, itching, and scar characteristics in hypertrophic scars after a burn.
24. It improves balance, neurological, and cardiovascular measures in older adults.
25. It can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health in women who are pregnant.
Why do you get a massage? When was the last time you had one?
For more research on massage therapy visit the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)