How Exactly Does A Massage Work?


Massage is the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue using various techniques to enhance function, aid in the healing process, decrease muscle reflex activity, inhibit motor-neuron excitability, promote relaxation and well-being, and as a recreational activity. Some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:

  • anxiety

  • digestive disorders

  • fibromyalgia

  • headaches

  • insomnia related stress

  • myofascial pain syndrome

  • paresthesias and nerve pain

  • soft tissue strains or injuries

  • sports injuries

  • temporomandibular joint pain

Decreasing Pain & Increasing Functioning In Patients Suffering From The Following Conditions:

  • carpal tunnel

  • sciatica

  • tension headaches

  • whiplash

  • scoliosis

  • torticollis

  • tendon and muscle tears

  • thoracic outlet syndrome

  • varicose veins

  • pregnancy-related back pain and other discomfort

  • myofascial pain

  • sore or overused muscles (prevents & treats)

  • muscle injury (offers rehabilitation)


Helps Treat & Manage Symptoms Or Complications Do To:

  • gout

  • rheumatoid arthritis

  • osteoarthritis

  • muscular dystrophy

  • raynaud's disease

  • diabetes

  • hypertension and congestive heart failure

  • also reduces risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases

Other Psychological. Emotional & Physical Benefits:

  • improved mood

  • reduced anxiety

  • lower stress levels

  • lessoning of depression

  • reduced anger and aggression

  • improved sleep patterns and decreased sleep disturbance

  • reduced fatigue

  • enhances immune system

  • improves athletic performance and enhances recovery