Benefits Of Massage Therapy

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In fact, it is believed that athletes who regularly receive massages from athletic trainers prevent more injuries than those who don’t. One of the most common reasons people seek massage is for low back and neck pain, according to Massagematte Test the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. A body of evidence confirms its effectiveness for that purpose, including a study of 401 people with chronic low back pain published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Combined, Americans lose about 264 million days of work each year due to severe back pain. Back pain can be caused by many factors, including muscle injuries, poor posture, obesity, sitting or lying down for long periods of time, excessive stretching, exercise, and more. Deep tissue massage is best to pay attention to certain painful and stiff “problem spots” on your body. The massage therapist uses slow, intentional movements that direct the pressure onto the layers of muscles, tendons or other tissues deep under the skin.

“Massage promotes relaxation and sleep in people undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy,” says Lisa Marie de Miranda, a registered massage therapist and kinesiologist at Paleolife Massage Therapy. In addition, massages help babies sleep more, cry less and be less stressed, according to research from the University of Warwick. During a deep tissue massage, your massage therapist will use slow movements and deep finger pressure to relieve tension from the deeper layers of your muscles and connective tissues. Barker also notes that not all states require massage therapist licenses, so you’ll want to make sure your therapist is professionally trained. The ability of sports massage to help muscles get rid of lactic acid is not supported in studies. Many researchers believe that this has to do with the fact that sports massage does not increase blood flow to the muscles.

For example, a 2010 study found that blood flow was actually mechanically impeded by massage and that was one possible reason why the removal of lactic acid was affected. A faster recovery after sports massage is not yet supported by research. Studies support that active recovery (low intensity exercise after exercise) is the best method to reduce the amount of lactic acid that builds up after exercise and accelerate recovery. Much of her NIH-funded research focuses on the importance of massage for pregnant women and babies.