There is something unique about massage, and how the technique has been used for thousands of years to heal the body. Using touch is innately physical, and has been used to relieve stress as a relaxation technique and in natural healing processes. The earliest written record of massage being used as healing therapy and key to a balanced lifestyle were discovered in China, circa 2700 BCE. Called the Huangdi Neijing, or the Inner Canon of the Yellow Emperor, this ancient text recommended “massage of skin and flesh,” which eventually evolved into the Japanese form of massage therapy, Shiatsu.
Many doctors recommend massage as a treatment option for a variety of uses. By applying firm pressure, massage can be used to relax and heal your body of many stressors and physical complaints from stress and tension relief to helping manage pain, from improving blood pressure to reducing depression and anxiety.
Managing Stress with Massage
We live in a modern world with more connection and activity than ever before. No wonder we have stress. Working a career and engaging with friends and family can often be stressful, but with illness, bills, and other environmental factors, stress can start to manifest itself physically and emotionally: in tense necks, tight shoulders, and sore backs. A licensed massage therapist can heal your body by working these tight or inflamed areas, which relieves tension and fights stress.
Massage for Pain Management
A massage patient, D——, was involved in an automotive accident last year. Two weeks after the incident, the patient found herself experiencing severe pain in her back and shoulders. After following up with a licensed massage therapist, per her doctor’s orders, the patient experienced a great change in her overall health. Massage works on the muscles of the body, increasing the flow of blood and showing a registered drop in high blood pressure Massage increases the body’s production of serotonin, which helps manage pain.
The Powers of the Human Touch
Studies at the University of Maryland and abroad have showed the power of massage in healing your body and mind of symptoms of depression and anxiety. With over 20,000 nerve endings on just one inch of skin, repeated pressure and physical contact works on each of the affected nerve endings, which releases endorphins, serotonin, and improves relaxation.
Now Find Your Massage!
Each patient needs a unique massage plan when trying to heal your body. It’s important to make a list of needs and discuss them with a trusted professional. With several different types of massage and schools of therapy, knowing the proper treatment is important. Do you need stress relief, or are there deeper physical concerns?
Learning a bit about what types of massage are available by a trusted professional may help you determine the best choice for you. Once you have done the research and understand your options, consider the specialty of the massage therapist or chiropractor and what their medical philosophy is when it comes to massage therapy for your specific concerns. If a patient is looking for stress relief in a physical therapy office, there has been a breakdown in communication.
One of the best ways discover how a massage may help heal your body is by making an initial appointment with a trusted and licensed team of professionals. Meet with and discuss your health history and physical or other concerns with your team to ensure best care, and to try out a stress-relieving and serotonin boosting massage today!