The number one cause of body pain is Stress.
When you’re stressed out, your immune system can’t control its response to inflammation as well. As a result, your body can’t fight off infections or sickness as well as it usually can. This can cause your body to ache as it becomes more susceptible to inflammation and infection throughout your body.
Watch out for other symptoms of stress and anxiety, such as:
abnormally high heart rate
increased blood pressure
hot flashes or cold sweats
abnormal physical shaking
headaches, such as tension headaches or migraines
What you will get from a massage.
Massage Relieves the Effects of Stress
decreases the negative health responses related to chronic stress
decreases Cortisol and Insulin levels
stress-reducing hormones calm the nervous system to reduce heart rate and breathing, relax muscles and improve digestion
increases endorphins that stop the transmission of pain signals, thereby reducing sensitivity to pain
stimulates Delta Brainwave activity which produces a deep sleep
The slight friction of your massage therapist’s hands along with the massage lotion and oil causes gentle exfoliation, allowing fresh skin cells to emerge.
Massage Improves Circulation
increases overall nutrition of tissue and elasticity of blood vessels
increases blood flow and increases oxygen to tissues
decreases blood pressure by reducing the stress that causes arterial blood vessel receptors to become less responsive due to overstimulation (high blood pressure)
Nervous System Relaxation
As you relax, your nervous system enters a “rest and digest” mode. If you have areas of pain and tightness in your body, they may be the result of pressure on nerves caused by tight muscles, and massage may relieve it.
A relaxed nervous system means that hormone production will balance out. Production of stress hormones such as corticosteroids (LDL) declines, as “feel good” hormones like endorphins increase. Hormones that regulate sleep/wake cycles, menstrual cycles, immune cells, blood sugar, and even how much food you eat, all react positively to the relaxation that accompanies a massage.
Massage Increases Immunity
circulates and stimulates the production of immune cells (white blood cells) throughout the body to help filter toxins and metabolic waste products to protect from foreign invaders like viruses and bacteria
increases lymphatic circulation to produce cleaner blood whereby defenses against infection are enhanced
separates lactic acid and other waste products of muscles and mobilizes the lymphatic system to prevent accumulation that can cause pain and fatigue
Your muscles are like sponges – when they contract, blood and lymph fluid are pressed out, and when they relax fresh blood enters bringing fresh nutrition, oxygen, and immune cells.
Massage Prevents Muscle Strain
decreases muscle tension through increased production of relaxing hormones
increases circulation and oxygen to tissues to aid in healing and promote tissue integrity
stimulates joint fluid production and improves elasticity and flexibility of tissues connecting to the joint
less pain means fewer pharmaceuticals for pain relief (fewer side effects)
Improved Bone Blood Supply
Did you know your bones also have a blood supply and receive the same advantages from massage as your muscles? Blood flow brings calcium and other minerals to your bones to support their strength and function, so your skeletal system receives a major boost from massage.
Stress takes a toll on the digestive system, and a massage can have a very healthy effect on how your body process food and nutrients. The parasympathetic nervous system regulates your digestion, producing needed chemicals (like saliva, gastric juice, and insulin) and stimulates peristalsis, which moves food through your intestines.
Massage Improves Posture
freeing up restrictions in tissue allows the body to structurally align more naturally
decreases muscle fatigue and tension resulting in less joint compression or friction, leading to less degeneration or arthritic changes
decreases the effects of postural patterns from overuse like sitting at a desk or heavy lifting, thereby extending your active lifestyle
Your massage therapist may ask you to take a deep breath at the start of the massage. Unrestricted breathing is one of the fastest roads to stress reduction, and your first breath on the massage table may become a sigh of relief. In addition to the diaphragm, there are muscles in your ribs, chest, and neck that assist breathing.
With all of these benefits, for sure, you are wanting to get a massage now. You may also opt for Medcursor Massage Products so you can enjoy a relaxing massage at home.
Feel better, Move better, Be better.