One problem the medical community needs to solve is that insurance companies are often happy to cover the cost of a doctor’s visit and prescription drugs, but are just now coming around to more effective therapies that include massage therapy.
Recently, the American College of Physicians issued new guidelines for back-pain treatment, stating that non-drug treatments should be tried first. And in a new Consumer Reports study, 80% of people who had experienced back pain found relief with a combination of yoga, tai chi and massage therapy.
Strengthening your core muscles helps out with every day, ordinary activities as well as organized sports. The stronger your core, the better you’ll feel after exertion. If you experience stiffness or soreness, a good neuromuscular massage will have you feeling better in no time.
Stretching before and after exercise, as well as on a regular basis during periods of inactivity will give you better posture, and fewer aches and pains.
Stretching increases blood flow and circulation to your muscles, but it also gives your brain a boost according to wellness experts, often leaving those who stretch feeling cheerier.
Periods of inactivity such as sitting are hard on your glutes and hip flexors, so standing up to stretch can keep them limber and less prone to injury when you do exercise.
You need a healthy, flexible back for nearly every type of activity, so giving your back a good stretch can prevent injury.
One of the best benefits of stretching is better balance. Especially for older people, stretching can bring your body back into balance which can help prevent falls.
If, after stretching, you are still feeling tight, sore, or your range of motion isn’t what it should be, come in for a good neuromuscular massage. Massage reduces pain and increases range of motion.
One benefit of massage is that it brings a feeling of well-being and relaxation which can help with the stress, anxiety or even depression associated with dealing with cancer treatment. Massage increases the body’s production of endorphins which elevate mood and flushes the waste product, lactic acid, out of muscles.
Massage also relieves pain and stiffness, increases mobility and reduces pain.
The National Cancer Institute found that more than half of their cancer centers offer massage as an adjunct to traditional treatment especially for those patients who suffer from fatigue.