Stress! Stress is a normal part of life and it can be both physical and mental. This can physically occur within your muscles after injury or overuse causing a buildup of tension and increasing pain. It can also occur mentally due to restricted movement, pain, or injury. The best way to fight and decrease stress is by engaging in activities that allow us to feel more relaxed and present. Studies suggest massage therapy can be beneficial not only in reducing physical pain but also in improving mood and fighting stress. Even just 10 minutes of massage can activate the body’s natural happy hormones and leave you feeling more relaxed and less stressed.
But how does a massage gun relieve stress?
You will end up feeling more relaxed, rejuvenated, and focused after a massage as it reduces stress and its related symptoms by reducing your heart rate and calming the central nervous system. Massage stimulates the body to ‘slow down,' bringing it from a heightened state of anxiety to a more calm, relaxed state. The use of a massage gun invites the body to ease up and sink into relaxation. This is ignited by the body’s natural happiness and relaxation hormone, serotonin.
Your body involuntarily tightens up causing the muscles to become tense when you are stressed. Your muscles can return to a relaxed state alleviating chronic pain every time you use a massage gun. It relieves tension by increasing tissue elasticity and stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system and the muscle fibers become more warm and loose.
Here is the list of benefits of 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
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 the 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. Get your Medcursor Massage Gun here.
Feel better, Move better, Be better.