Massage therapy is one of the oldest and simplest forms of medical care used to ease pain and anxiety. Massage therapy offers profound health benefits. This is because massage therapy affects the nervous system through nerve endings in the skin, stimulating the release of endorphins, the body’s natural ‘feel good’ chemicals. Many times when you first get a massage you may have that “drunk” feeling. This is the endorphin release. Be careful getting up after a massage though, you may feel a little dizzy.
The added endorphin release from massage therapy has also been shown to minimize depression, especially in the winter time when the lack of sunlight affects many people (seasonal affective disorder).
Massage therapy relaxes the body, yes, even the “get in there and rip those muscles apart” type of massages. After those types of massages are done (for those whose body can handle them) the muscles actually relax and you may feel a muscle melting effect. Sometimes it takes several hours to several days to feel the relaxation effect, but it usually is evident. The more frequently you get a massage (maintenance is one a month) the quicker the relaxation feel happens.
Massage therapy also helps if you get chiropractic adjustments right afterward. How? Imagine you are having pain somewhere in your body and you go in for your chiropractic adjustment. The pain is still there after several weeks and you may feel like giving up on chiropractic since it hasn’t helped. Perhaps, the chiropractor is having difficulty moving the vertebras because the muscles are so tight they are holding the vertebras in one place and not allowing them to move. Massage therapy is a wonderful addition to chiropractic care because it loosens the muscles around the vertebras before the adjustment is given. When the chiropractor goes to move the vertebras, the muscles are relaxed and no longer stuck—those muscles are strong little buggers, yes, even if you aren’t in that great of shape.
Nerves, which send messages to the brain run through the spine as well as through all of our muscles. If the muscles are tight they may be causing some of the pain you are having. Muscles tighten, and guess what gets “pinched?” Nerves! Massaged muscles relax allowing the nerves to run freely through the muscles without sending “pain” messages to the brain.
When you get a massage you can’t help but have that mind connecting to your body experience. To many people, your brain shuts off to the outside world during the massage. Whether it’s for 30 minutes, 60 minutes or 90 minutes, you get to take that vacation away from your busy life for a short while—and at much less cost.
Why get a massage? Why not! There are many different techniques of massage therapy available in our office. Call today to schedule a massage or ask your chiropractor if massage can help you or any one of your loved ones.Learn More