Integrative medicine focuses on an individual's overall wellness, employing a host of therapies and treatments to achieve its goal. Massage therapy is part of this approach.
The benefits of a massage include stress relief, which improves relaxation, muscle tension and pain reduction, and improvement in immune function.
As for therapeutic massage, the benefits include:
The reduction of muscle pain and soreness
This is helpful when dealing with the post-effects of a tough workout. Many top-level athletes subscribe to this as it is an effective recovery tool to help them, among other things, stay in top physical condition.
Stress and anxiety relief
The harmful effects of stress and anxiety are well documented and known. A therapeutic massage session provides an opportunity for self-care and, to a certain extent, repair so that the body and mind can cope, overcome and ready themselves for the challenges that everyday living brings.
Natural sleep aids
When the body is at rest, particularly during sleep, it performs vital functions such as tissue repair. Quality and sufficient sleep is essential to facilitate this objective.
Improvements to immune function
A strong immune system helps stave off potential infections and keeps the body healthy. Research has also shown that a massage can increase the number of lymphocytes — a type of white blood cell that defends the body from diseases.
Increase flexibility and range of motion
As a massage manipulates the body's soft tissues, this can help in improving flexibility and range of motion. This is one of the reasons why athletes include massages in their routine, as it can help them perform better. A massage encourages blood flow to the joints, promoting better lymph circulation and relaxing the muscles.