Why Does Massage Work?

Anyone who has had a massage knows it works, but you might not know why. Massage has been around for thousands of years and is used to relieve pain and other health issues. While this may be true, is there a scientific reason why massage is so effective in the healing process? 

In the past, people and have considered massage a luxury, something that makes them feel better.  Doctors, while not dismissing massage entirely, may not have suggested them as part of the healing process. Things have changed, and science has proven massage does, in fact, promote healing. 

Today, people are turning to massage for medical reasons including relief from headaches, muscle soreness, and more.  More and more doctors are recommending massage to their patients. Some of the reasons for this change in attitude toward massage include, stricter licensing and education requirements for Massage Therapists, increased public awareness, and scientific research showing that massage promotes heals on a cellular level. 

Research has shown how massage therapy is a valid treatment for pain, inflammation, and soft-tissue recovery by doing blood and muscle testing both before and after workouts and before and after massage. The results showed an increase in the gene responsible for mitochondria development which is responsible for energy and cell growth production. Massage research also shows that massage can shut down the genes associated with inflammation, meaning is that massage therapy does improve recovery time after injury or exercise on a cellular level.

Massage goes beyond just recovery time, though. Massage causes physiological changes in your body through relaxation and mechanical responses, which produce both physical and emotional benefits.

When you relax, your heart and breathing rate decreases, your blood pressure goes down, and your production of stress hormones decrease. As your muscles relax, your levels of serotonin increase. Serotonin positively affects moods, emotions and thoughts. Lowering stress can decrease your chances of developing many chronic conditions such as cardiac disease, high blood pressure, insomnia, digestive disorders and psychological problems. 

The mechanical responses to massage have been shown to increase both blood and lymph circulation, improve nerve impulses, and relax muscles, tendons, and ligaments, delivering more oxygen and nutrients to the muscles. Proper oxygen levels reduce fatigue, give you more energy, enhance brain function, lower stress and help you will look and feel younger.Click Here to book your healing massage from Vita Nova Massage.