Massage decreases muscle tension, increases circulation and calms the nervous system, resulting in a cascade of physical and mental benefits that can assist in alleviating a wide range of conditions. Massage therapy is one of the best known antidotes for stress and can relieve symptoms of conditions aggravated by stress.
In very tight contracted muscles, nerves can become compressed leading to pain and discomfort.
After exercising, a build up of waste products and microscopic tears in the muscle can leave one feeling tired and sore. Improving circulation, massage works to flush the tissues of waste and increase the range of motion in the joints. Once this happens blood brings in more oxygen and nutrients helping to relieve pain and speed up recovery.
Before (pre-hab) or after (rehab) an operation, massage is extremely beneficial to assist in the healing process. The better prepared your muscles and joints are before surgery, the better one may heal. After surgery when your doctor has given the go ahead usually after 6-8 weeks, massage is extremely useful in assisting with the healing process. A few remedial treatments to the affected area can have immediate and long lasting benefits. Please confirm with your doctor/specialist before seeking treatment after surgery.
Therapeutic massage for anxiety and stress helps stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system allowing the mind to become quieter and the body to be in a state of ease and rest, being receptive to healing.