Massage therapy has been around for centuries benefiting everyone who takes part in the relaxing ritual. Although there are many types of massages, the numerous benefits are dispersed throughout all of the different techniques. As the techniques have changed among cultures it has been discovered that there are many more benefits to chiropractic massages than originally thought. Below are eight major benefits that are connected with chiropractic massages.
- Ease Pain:
Due to the amount of relaxation that occurs during a massage, your body releases the tension that is causing some of the pain. When this tension is lowered the amount of pain is eased.
- Improve Performance:
Massage removes tension, breaks up adhesions and scar tissue, improves joint mobility and range of motion, as well as flushes lactic acid and other toxins out of muscle tissue. This improves balance and proprioception.
- Improve Recovery:
Massages directly influence the production of serotonin in the body, which is then needed for the production of melatonin. Melatonin helps regulate sleep and wake patterns to produce a better night’s rest which improves recovery.
- Headache Relief:
Like many of these other massage benefits, headaches can be alleviated once stress and sleep deprivation are taken care of. Headaches are mostly due to tension that comes from the amount of stress you are under as well as your lack of sleep. When massages take care of your stress and give you a better nights rest, headaches caused by tension go away.
- Manage Anxiety and Depression:
Massages have always been known for making the recipient relaxed and to lower stress levels, because of these two things it would seem likely that massages would also help manage your anxiety and depression levels. Massages help boost the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine that are both involved with depression.
- Strengthen Your Immune System:
After seeing that massages both helps improve sleep and alleviates stress it’s a simple formula to say that these two things added together will automatically strengthen your immune system.
- Lowering Blood Pressure:
We have all heard about how stress seems to directly correlate with high blood pressure. There is research that shows many patients that are relieved of their stress also see their blood pressure drop. Since massages and stress relief go hand in hand, lowering your blood pressure can also be a big benefit of your chiropractic massage.