BY IAN CHOW, CERTIFIED MASSAGE THERAPIST
You can definitely find or perhaps have read multiple articles on this topic. Here is my version to further acknowledge (or convince) what you have read.
a). Reducing pain including (but not limited to) muscle tension, soreness and strain on the back, shoulder and neck (especially for those with long hours on their laptop and handphone). And for athletes, also on the lower limb portion.
b). Relaxes muscle and improves its range of motion and flexibility. To note: massage does not increase muscle mass so you still need to head to the gym or do other more vigorous exercise to gain muscle 🙂
c). Passive movement and stretches can also regain better mobility to the joint.
d). Reduce heart rate, lower blood pressure and increase blood circulation and lymph flow to make your system more efficient in getting rid of toxin in your body. (Please also do make sure of your fluid intake after the massage)
e). Decreasing risk of decubitus ulcers and alleviating constipation.
a). Easing stress-related physical conditions including depression, headaches and migraines.
b). Increases endorphins (our natural painkiller hormone), which all can enhance medical treatment and reduces cortisol level (stress hormone) by up to 50%.
c). Reduces anxiety and help with conditions including cancer-related fatigue and sleep disorders.
d). Generate the feeling of being cared for, connection and comfort. (Definitely one of the self care activity that you can have for yourself)
e). Increase sensory awareness and ability to focus.
a). Identifying potential imbalance and dysfunction in your body and its organ (especially via reflexology)
b). Complementary treatment that can further enhance the work that your physiotherapist, osteopath, chiropractor etc are doing.
Meanwhile, specifically on the therapeutic massage that I do offer, these are some of the areas that can be addressed:
a). assist in stroke recovery,
b). relieve pain for people living with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis
c). reduce agitation in Alzheimer’s patient
d). providing the much needed relaxation and comfort to cancer survivor and people living with cancer, Parkinson, auto immune diseases i.e lupus or nervous system disorder i.e. Tourette Syndrome etc
e). address various muscle-joint related issues including lower back pain, sciatica pain, frozen shoulder, tennis / golfer’s elbow and tendonitis
f). complementing the work of your physiotherapist in restoring mobility to the limbs
g). improve on the balance, gait and posture which particularly helps in preventing a senior from falling easily by giving them a better sense of proprioception.
h). address various conditions that are experienced by amputees especially muscle and joint tightness due to compensatory structure.