Systems That Benefit from Massage:
Blood & Lymph
~ Increases circulation to all parts of the body
~ Improves flow of nutrients to body tissues
~ Promotes elimination of waste products
~ Reduces muscular tension
~ Relieves stiffness and soreness
~ Relieves muscle fatigue
~ Stimulates the muscles of the stomach and intestines, thereby aiding digestion
~ Relieves tension and promotes relaxation
~ Relieves physical pain
Massage therapy helps treat:
Ailments: Massage therapy can aid in the treatment of arthritis, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and poor circulation and respiratory problems like bronchitis and asthma. Massage therapy can also help to ease pain in palliative care patients.
Injuries: Massage therapy helps to restore normal functions of muscles and joints, reducing swelling and aiding in the recovery of injuries such as fractures, sprains, and whiplash. It is perfect for those employed in physically demanding jobs.
Stress: Massage can be helpful for certain stress-related conditions such as anxiety, tension, depression, headaches, and migraines. Massage therapy aids in the reduction of the physical effects of occupational stress and fatigue caused by physically demanding jobs.
Athletes: Massage therapy improves muscular performance and is an excellent way to warm up before games or any form of exercise.
During pregnancy or postpartum: Massage can relieve low-back pain and swollen legs, and can diminish the pain and tension that sometimes follow delivery.
Research has indicated that:
- Office workers massaged regularly were more alert, performed better and were less stressed than those who weren’t massaged.
- Massage therapy for burn patients decreased the effects of anxiety, tension, depression, pain, and itching.
- Abdominal surgery patients recover more quickly after massage therapy.
- Premature infants who were massaged gained more weight and fared better than those who weren’t.
- Autistic children showed less erratic behavior after massage therapy.
Benefits of Manual Lymphatic Drainage
- Faster recovery and less scarring from surgery and other types of trauma by making lymph flow faster and stimulating the formation of new connections between lymph vessels.
- Clears congestive conditions such as chronic sinusitis, bronchitis, acne, and headaches.
- Strengthens the immune system.
- Relieves heaviness, tightness, and swelling in those suffering from lymphedema.
- Increases overall relaxation by decreasing stress.
- Relieves retention of fluids during pregnancy and menstrual cycle.
- Decreases local edemas and hematomas from orthopedic surgery, cosmetic surgery scars, and burn scars; leading to a decrease in healing time and an increase in client mobility.
- People who suffer from insomnia, stress, fibromyalgia, and autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, and rheumatism benefit greatly from manual lymphatic drainage.