Easing Your Tension
Many of our chiropractic patients have seen a great benefit from the remedial massage therapy at Peak Chiropractic. Our fully qualified massage therapist offers a remedial, sports-style massage. If you have an injury from sports, need to correct your posture or have experienced a health crisis, massage therapy may be able to help you.
Below are 9 possible benefits of a regular massage
1. Correcting problems in your body
With remedial massage, therapists are trained to assess your body, observe changes over
time, and design individual treatment plans for each client. More than just feelgood
they can use specific techniques to address an individuals’ injury, postural or joint issues, as
well as improving circulation, reducing pain and bringing a sense of general wellbeing.
2. Stress reduction
The importance of relaxation and wellbeing
can’t be underestimated and one of the most noted
effects of massage is a greater feeling of calm and relaxation. It reduces both emotional and
physical stress, which is why it is often recommended in stress and anxiety treatment
programs. The soothing, pampering benefits of massage encourage the release of endorphins –
the wonderful chemicals that give us the feelgood
factor. Conversely, those nasty stress
inducing hormones such as norepinephrine, adrenaline and cortisol are reduced.
3. Immunity boosting
Due to the decrease in stress hormones, your immune system has a chance to work more
efficiently, without impairment. In addition, massage increases circulation and improves
lymphatic drainage, which again provide a boost to the immune system’s effectiveness.
4. Heightens mental alertness
When you are given a chance to relax and destress
through massage treatments, your levels
of mental clarity and alertness increase.
5. Releasing muscle tension and pain
Good massage techniques are a wonderful way of releasing trigger points, stretching and
elongating muscles and breaking down adhesions. The therapist can focus on areas that are
stiff, injured or just plain sore. By increasing the blood flow to the tissues and releasing the
tension, massage not only helps alleviate the pain, but can also help eliminate toxins and
oxygenate the cells.
6. Increased joint mobility
By releasing muscle tension around joints, the range of movement in the joint can be increased.
When a joint is no longer hampered by stiffness, muscle function can return to support and
improve joint movement.
7. Improved posture
Massage helps relieve a lot of tensions, particularly in the neck and shoulder areas, common in
those who sit a lot or use a computer at work. Lower backs are also prone to tightening from
prolonged sitting. Remedial massage can help remedy these problems by lengthening the muscles and balancing out the body for improved postural alignment.
8. Improved skin tone
Massage can help give you healthy and
toned skin – it will reduce tension in the skin
and adjoining tissues as well as increasing
circulation. Increased circulation in and under
the skin can aid the nutrition cycle and
encourage cell regeneration. Happily,
massage also stimulates sebum production, helping to improve suppleness, moisturising and
softening dry skin.
9. Eliminating ‘vicious cycle’ complaints
Sometimes things keep going wrong despite our best efforts! For example, someone might get
tension headaches due to continually clenching their jaw. The jaw clenching may be a stress
response to pain in the neck and shoulders or somewhere else in the body. By addressing the source of the pain, the jaw will stop reactively clenching, allowing the tension headaches to be
reduced or eliminated.