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Chris Goetz - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Incredible Benefits of Massage Therapy

Goetz with CaptionMassage is more than just a relaxing indulgence. The use of massage therapy to treat pain and ailments is as old as civilization itself. It is among the oldest healing techniques still in use today. In the present day there are close to one hundred different massage modalities used throughout the world. It is recognized as one of the most powerful non-invasive therapies available to treat ailments like pain, fatigue, stress, poor circulation and a variety of other physical problems.

Massage therapy involves the application of pressure to, and the manipulation of, different parts of the body. Many massage therapists use several different techniques like tapping, stroking, kneading, friction, vibration, and compression during a single session. It all depends on the needs of the patient. At times, mechanical devices are used to supplement the therapist’s manual techniques. At Advance Health Services we encourage the use of massage for overall health and wellbeing. Its uses are many.

  • Stress Relief – This is probably what most people associate massage therapy with. A single massage can lower insulin and cortisol levels as well as one’s heart rate. Massage therapy has also been shown to reduce blood pressure.
  • Pain Relief – Neck and back pain are the most obvious conditions to benefit from massage, but it could be used to relieve pain throughout the body by relaxing tense muscles. Sufferers of chronic headaches and migraine can also benefit from massage therapy.
  • Relaxation – A good massage therapist can put a patient’s body and mind into a restful and relaxing state which can last well after the massage session is over.
  • Posture – This goes hand-in-hand with massage’s relaxation benefits. Tense muscles and muscle pain lead to poor posture. Massage works to combat that.
  • Increased Circulation – The pressure a massage therapist applies to the body encourages better blood flow which in turn increases the flow oxygen throughout the body.
  • Increased Flexibility – Massage promotes fluidity in the joints and increases range of motion. Greater flexibility decreases the change of injury.
  • Immune System – Massage naturally increases the body’s immune system.
  • Rehabilitation – For all of the reasons listed above, massage therapy plays a major role in many rehabilitation programs, especially were an injury has occurred.

If you suffer from any ailments, or just want to improve your overall health, consider giving massage therapy a try. It will likely provide benefits beyond those you are seeking. At Advance Health Services we employ massage therapists who are experts at various techniques which will provide tremendous health benefits. Call us today to schedule your massage session.

Dr. Chris Goetz was an offensive lineman with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets from 1990-1992. Having seen the benefits of therapy as he recuperated from his NFL injuries, he decided to enroll in Chiropractic Medicine school and dedicate himself to bringing relief and wellness to others. He has been Owner/Director of Advance Health Services of Miami since 1999.