Although Massage Therapy dates back thousands of years and has been used across many cultures for it medicinal and therapeutic benefits it is still not widely used within our society and usually is only thought of in terms of being pampered.
However, there is a growing body of research that is showing that regular massage can improve your quality of life significantly. The biggest benefits being that it helps relieves stress.
Adrenalin and cortisol are hormones released by your released during times of stress. These prepare our bodies for activity and this response has helped us survive in the past but is designed as a short- term strategy for you to fight or run away.
But today stress is constantly with us and your body does not know the difference between a sabre-toothed tiger and a deadline and so it continues to pour out these chemicals. Sustained exposure to stress hormones leaves the body with a wide range of problems. These Include:
- Negative moods
- Upset stomach
- High blood pressure
- Chronic pain
- Drug and alcohol abuse
In fact many experts estimate that up to 90% of disease is stress related, which is a growing problem in our fast paced world.
Massage has been shown to trigger the brain to release a host of chemicals that counteract the effects of stress, resulting in:
- Lasting feelings of relaxation
- Lower stress
- Increased mental alertness
- Improved mood
It even decreases stress hormones, giving the body the chance to rest and recover
Clinical studies have indicated that regular massage can increase the body’s immune system meaning that you are better at fighting disease and infection.
Other studies have shown that massage can:
- Reduce muscle tension and spasm
- Increase range of motion around a joint or within muscles
- Aid recovery after exercise
- Reduce inflammation and swelling
- Prevent injuries
- Even enhance athletic performance
Here at the Sussex Back Pain Clinic we recognise that massage is a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being and we really would love for everyone to be able to experience this for themselves.
So, if 2018 is getting you stressed why not see how good massage can make you feel?
Take advantage of our ‘I love massage’ campaign with £10 off all massages in March. You can use this offer as many times as you like!