Massage Therapy is the manual manipulation of muscles and soft tissue by applying pressure to the body with the intention of positively affecting the health and well being of the client or patient. Massage is an excellent method for improving overall health and musculoskeletal efficiency and has a number of beneficial effects on the body and the mind. It can help to relieve pain and discomfort, improve immune function, increase blood circulation and lymphatic circulation, decrease anxiety, tension, fatigue and cause a decrease in blood pressure and heart rate due to reflex effects through the sympathetic nervous system, along with the enhancement of a general sense of well-being is also a benefit of receiving a massage.
Massage also can help with muscle spasms as well as soft tissue injuries. Increasing the movement and reducing the overall recovery time by helping the body in the healing process. In addition, consistent massage has been known to increase balance.
Consistent manual massage at least once per month has a host of preventative benefits. To prevent the body and mind from disease, we must take a comprehensive approach that includes nutrition, massage therapy, exercise and overall Chiropractic care.