Massage Therapy Relaxes Muscles
We've all suffered from the soreness associated with an overly
exuberant exercise session. But did you know that most Americans
experience neck, back and muscle pain from another less-strenuous
activity? Surprisingly, it's sitting. Chronic back pain, which is
the second most common cause of disability and a top reason for
missing work, can be the result of improper posture while sitting
Additionally, carrying extra weight, poor posture, and
repetitive or overuse movements can put strain on the back and
other sensitive areas. This strain often results in spasms, tense
muscles and pain in your upper back, hips, glutes and hamstrings.
So the question is: what relaxes muscles?
Massage (or muscular therapy) gets to the root of the pain by
relaxing tense muscles and increasing
flexibility. Massage also encourages blood flow to the
affected muscles, which can bring increase oxygen and
nutrients,. All of this activity reduces swelling and stiffness and
increases flexibility to help eliminate pain. Muscular therapy also
releases endorphins and boosts your levels of serotonin and
dopamine, all hormones your body produces to help you feel good,
promote healing and pain management, and calm your nerves.
Benefits of Relaxed Muscles
- Reduces pain that results from tense muscles
- Aids in muscle relaxation
- Relieves muscle tension and stiffness
Helpful Wellness Tip: Deep Tissue Massage focuses
on deeper tissue structures with intense pressure to release
chronic muscle tension and ultimately relax the body.