5 Benefits of Massage Therapy

When you think about a massage, it may conjure up images of a “me” day where you go to a spa to relax and not think about all the things that stress you out. Or perhaps you think about a romantic getaway with that special someone for a couple’s massage. However, massage therapy has therapeutic benefits that can go well beyond a special way to pamper yourself.

Do you remember the last time you had a particularly stressful work project or when your work and home responsibilities collided to form a giant knot in your back or neck? Well, massage therapy can help with that and so much more. In this blog, John Hunt, DC, and the skilled massage therapists at Chiropractic Health Care Center Of Glendora share five benefits of massage therapy.

What is massage therapy?

Let’s start with a quick definition of massage therapy and how it differs from a spa massage. A spa massage is basically a quick tension reliever. Massage therapy, on the other hand, is a medical treatment with long-term benefits. 

There are different types of massage therapy, each geared to address specific needs you may have. For example, a deep tissue massage can address areas that are injured or have chronic tension, and trigger point therapy can address tension and pain in muscles and connective tissue. 

Among the many benefits of massage therapy are the following:

1. Promotes health and wellness

Massage therapy is a powerful tool that can complement a variety of medical treatments. Whether you have a specific condition, such as an injury, headaches, or chronic pain, your medical provider may add massage therapy as part of your treatment plan. 

It has also been used to relieve stress and support care plans for patients with cancer, HIV/AIDS, and other serious conditions. When you relieve stress in your body, you also boost your immune system, making massage therapy a great way to maintain your overall health and wellness.

2. Relieves muscle tension and spasms

Massage therapy can effectively address both muscle tension and muscle spasms. Muscle tension happens when your muscles remain contracted over an extended period of time, which can lead to pain. Spasms, which can be equally painful, happen when there’s a lack of blood flow. Massage therapy can help relax muscles and improve blood flow and thereby relieve pain.

3. Helps relieve and manage pain

If you are among the 20% of adults in the United States who experience chronic pain, you know that finding relief can be challenging and frustrating. You just want to find a way to break free from your pain so you can enjoy a higher quality of life. 

For many chronic pain sufferers, massage therapy is their go-to strategy for gaining relief. In fact, according to a recent study, 44% of all people who get massages do so to relieve and manage pain.

4. Complements corrective chiropractic care

For all of the above reasons and more, our providers here at Chiropractic Health Care Center of Glendora find that massage therapy is the perfect complement to corrective chiropractic care

The goal of corrective chiropractic care is to make sure your spine is aligned correctly so your musculoskeletal system can function at a high level. With massage therapy, you can enhance the functioning of your musculoskeletal system even more. Combining both treatments is a win-win.

5. Helps treat sciatica and manage scoliosis

Any type of back pain can be debilitating, but the radiating pain from sciatica can be particularly painful. Sciatica — which occurs when the sciatic nerve gets compressed from a herniated disc, bone spurs, or other causes — can make it difficult to sit, stand, or walk. Massage therapy — in conjunction with chiropractic care — may be able to help relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve. 

Scoliosis — which is a condition in which the spine is curved — is typically a hereditary condition. With scoliosis treatment, the goal is to prevent the curvature from getting worse. Depending on the severity, our providers may be able to use massage therapy, a customized spinal brace, and chiropractic adjustments to help manage your condition.

 To learn more about the benefits of massage therapy, book an appointment over the phone with Chiropractic Health Care Center Of Glendora today.

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