By: Val Webb, LMT, Medical Massage Therapist
I have been performing a variety of medical massages for almost ten years. I firmly believe in the healing power of massage as it offers a healthy, hands-on approach to drug-free and non-invasive therapy, based on the body’s natural ability to heal. Medical massages work to reduce stress and tension, while promoting relaxation. Beyond that, new research from major health institutions is finding that medical massage helps alleviate chronic pain and discomfort in patients.
For example, the Mayo Clinic recently conducted an analysis of nearly 600 cancer patients and found that one in three patients experience cancer-related pain. And at the same time also determined that, “massage therapy significantly reduced pain compared to the conventional standard of care alone and was particularly effective in eradicating surgery-related pain.”
Consistent massage cannot only reduce pain but it has also been shown to effectively help rehabilitate the body from musculoskeletal injuries, relieve swelling from lymphedema and even help control nausea.
Below are a few proven physiological benefits:
- Increase circulation, which allows the body to pump more oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs
- Release endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller
- Stimulate the lymph system, the body’s natural defense, against toxic invaders
- Relax and soften overused and repetitive-motion injured muscles
- Reduce muscle spasms and cramping
- Release of myofascial hyper-tonicity and decrease of trigger (tender) points
- Increase joint flexibility
- Improve range of motion
- Reduce adhesions and enhance collagen remodeling during healing
As Jeff Smoot, President of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), said in a recent article, “Relieving part of the physical manifestation of disease allows patients to more closely focus on their rehabilitation and recovery.”
While massage therapy is highly effective in soothing physical pain, its benefits extend into many other areas to improve health-related quality of life. According to research cited on AMTA’S website, “A 2014 study of patients with acute myelogenous leukemia who received 50 minutes of Swedish massage three times per week for seven weeks, found all participants experienced stress reduction, increased comfort and relaxation, while also tracking health-related quality of life compared to a group of usual standard-of-care patients. An additional randomized study found providing therapeutic massage resulted in significant improvement in short-term quality of life for patients near the end of life, with secondary benefits of pain reduction and improved sleep.”
These significant findings support integrating medical massage therapy into your daily routine, rehabilitation program or post workout plan an all natural way to relieve pain and inflammation. Call 970-674-6500 or visit the front desk to learn how regular medical massage can impact and even improve your quality of life!
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