About Massage

About Massage

Massage: A relaxing method to relieve stress and pain

Content provided by MayoClinic.com

You might think of a massage only as a luxury in exotic spas and upscale health clubs. But did you know that massage therapy, when combined with traditional medical treatments, is used to reduce stress and pain and promote healing in people with certain health conditions?

What is massage therapy?

During a massage, a therapist manipulates your body’s soft tissues – your muscles, skin and tendons – using his or her fingertips, hands and fists. Massage can be performed by several types of health care professionals, such as a physical therapist, occupational therapist or massage therapist. Several versions of massage exist, and they’re performed in a variety of settings.

Some possible benefits

* Massage can relieve tension in your muscles, and most people use it for relaxation, relief of stress and anxiety, or to reduce muscle soreness. Massage can also cause your body to release natural painkillers, and it may boost your immune system.

* Anxiety.
Massage reduced anxiety in depressed children and anorexic women. It also reduced anxiety and withdrawal symptoms in adults trying to quit smoking.

* Pain.
. Pain was decreased in people with fibromyalgia, migraines and recent surgery. Back pain also might be relieved by massage. However, back pain study results have been contradictory, and more research is required.

* Labor pain.
Massage during labor appears to lessen stress and anxiety, relax muscles and reduce pain.

* Children with diabetes.
Children who were massaged every day by their parents were more likely to stick to their medication and diet regimens, which helped reduce their blood glucose levels.

* Sports-related soreness.
Some athletes receive massages after exercise, especially to the muscles they use most in their sport or activity. A massage might help increase blood flow to your muscles and may reduce muscle soreness after you exercise.
* Cancer treatment
. People with cancer who received regularly scheduled massage therapy during treatment reported less anxiety, pain and fatigue.

* Self-esteem
. Because massage involves direct contact with another person through touch, it can make you feel cared for. That special attention can improve self-image in people with physical disabilities and terminal illnesses. And using touch to convey caring can help children with severe physical disabilities.