The benefits of sports massages aren’t just for athletes…
Are you streseed? Do you have any aches and pains? Maybe you should consider the benefits of sports massage…
Massage therapy is a popular treatment for tough, common pain problems like low back pain, neck pain, and headaches. But can it provide meaningful change or does it just pleasantly distract patients and maybe take the edge off?
In this post we’ll be looking at whether massage therapy actually works and if there is any power in “touch”.
The benefits of sports massage therapy has been used for centuries to provide relaxation and healing. I examine the science behind massage in this article, from a healthy sceptic point of view. This is important because health professionals must be self-critical and criticize each other: that way we can improve!
So read on for more information on what massage therapists say they can do for people and their pain, as well as any scientific evidence to support those claims.
Does Massage Therapy Work?
Massage for low back pain is the most studied massage question, but not enough: science has still yet to confirm that pushing on sore spots makes them less sore. Massage for trigger points is also relatively well studied, but even more, research needs to be done before we can come up with a solid answer!
There are many people who will say it relieves stress, helps them sleep better and generally makes them feel better. However, there have been few studies to back up these claims; proving any of them as scientifically true or false remains elusive.
Some research, does, however, helps us understand why people like massage which may lead to numerous indirect minor or general health benefits.
One of the most interesting benefits of sports massage is how it can help reduce depression and anxiety.
The ability to use massages as a means for reducing depression or lowering feelings of stress has been well-researched, with some studies even suggesting that regular sessions may be more effective than medication in treating mild cases. It’s always good to have options when you’re feeling down!
Massage may be good for your mental health because it’s relaxing. Studies show that massage therapy can lower blood pressure and help people sleep better, even when they are in the hospital recovering from surgery!
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What Is The Power Of Touch?
Sensory research has shown that touch is neurologically complex and probably has many physiological effects. Skin is fantastically rich in nerve endings – up to about 10,000 per square centimetre – and Swedish researchers identified specialized nerves fibres that respond only to light stroking of a certain speed.
The touch during massage therapy triggers ASMR, which is an autonomous sensory meridian response. The sensation can be considered positive reinforcement for grooming and other primitive pleasures because it causes euphoria and tingling. It most likely goes beyond just being nice or weird: studies show that massage either correlates with changes in mood or physiology (or both), so there may be therapeutic benefits of mental health-boosting effects from this massage therapy.
So massage is an intriguing way to feel new sensations, and it has the potential to alleviate pain in some people. New research has shown that this happens largely because of the neurology behind touch instead of any physical properties like tearing or changing tissues. The problem with touch is that although it has the potential to alleviate pain, it also has the potential to increase pain.
Due to the individual nature of touch and other variables such as temperature, how relaxing the environment is etc. it’s hard to control for these factors and so the effects on your aches and pains are likely to be individual to you and your specific circumstances.
Massages are one of the most popular and well-known treatments for relaxation. Though there is a lot of false claims about them, they have been seen to be effective in reducing rates of anxiety and depression symptoms by stimulating an autonomous sensory meridian response through touch.
So the next time you feel stressed out or like things aren’t going your way, give our Sports Massage service a try! It’s an affordable option that will leave you feeling better immediately.
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