Massage Therapy Offers Much More Than Just Relaxation

While most people who visit our Rockwall, TX clinic are aware that massages can be relaxing, helping you forget about life's little (and big) stressors for just a few moments, very few are aware that massage therapy can provide numerous other benefits as well.

A number of scientific studies have found that engaging in massage therapy can provide pain relief that will last for months, if not longer. For instance, in one piece of analysis published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, specialists in Seattle examined over four hundred individuals who were dealing with persistent lower back pain. Some of them were asked to participate in structural massage, others were given relaxation massages, and the remainder of the people received usual care.

The individuals who participated in massage therapy were less bothered by their symptoms when interviewed at the 10, 26, and 52-week marks. The researchers also discovered that the positive aspects were experienced for 6 months or even longer. So, if you’re feeling pain in your lower back, or other parts of your body, massage therapy may be able to provide some much needed respite.

If you have a severe medical condition that puts you in a continued state of pain, massage therapy can possibly help relieve your discomfort. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), massage therapy has been found to safely lessen pain in addition to several other symptoms commonly experienced by people diagnosed with cancer, fibromyalgia, diabetes, asthma, and HIV/AIDS, just to name a few.

In addition to helping you physically, when you get a massage at our Rockwall, TX wellness and rehabilitation center, you could also cut down on your possibility of depression, anxiety, and other frequently experienced mental health conditions. When your body feels healthy, so too does your mind, which means better moods and a happier disposition.

If you’re ready to experience these benefits -and more- call Dr. Keith at (972) 771-9448 in Rockwall, TX to schedule your first massage therapy session today!

References:

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