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6 reasons you need massage therapy

I don’t think I need to convince anyone they could benefit from a massage. In our busy, professional lives, the problem is finding the time or money needed. Massages are usually about an hour long and cost about $80 and up depending on where you go. Let’s look at 6 benefits from the Registered Massage Therapists’ Association of Ontario along with quotes from reputable websites to support each benefit. If you have been putting it off, these benefits will motivate you to get out the door and invest in your health.

1. Reducing or eliminating pain

A study done by McMaster University found that the effects of massage lead to the same results you would get by taking an aspirin or ibuprofen for pain. Massage reduces pain by reducing inflammation in muscles and even boosts recovery from exercise.

“Massage basically has the same pain-relieving effect as drugs like aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil) and naproxen (Aleve), says Tiffany Field, a leading researcher on the effects of massage and director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami Medical School. “By reducing the inflammation — or the pro-inflammatory cytokines, to be specific — you would reduce pain,” says Field.” (time.com)

2. Improving joint mobility

One area where joint mobility is a big concern is arthritis. A massage of muscles and joints can lead to improved mobility and hand grip strength. It can also reduce pain and stiffness.

“One 2006 study conducted at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey examined 68 adults with knee osteoarthritis receiving two Swedish massages per week for eight weeks, compared to a group who received no massage. The massage group reported significant improvements in knee pain, stiffness, function, range of motion and walking, the researchers found.” (arthritis.org)

3. Improving circulation

Massage can also boost circulation to hands and feet. Poor circulation can lead to pooling of fluid in the toes, cold hands and feet and lactic acid build up in the muscles. When circulation is good our muscles get all the blood they need to be healthy and heal.

“Massage facilitates circulation because the pressure created by the massage technique actually moves blood through the congested areas… The squeezing and pulling also flushes lactic acid from the muscles and improves the circulation of the lymph fluid which carries metabolic waste away from muscles and internal organs.” (alive.com)

4. Improving lymphatic drainage

Speaking of lymph fluid, yes that is made in the lymph nodes, a lymphatic massage can help that whole system work better. It can help to clear out waste from your lymphatic system.

“Though lymph vessels are found throughout the body, most of them–about 70 percent–are located just below the skin… By freeing vessel pathways, lymphatic massage can help retrain the lymph system to work better for more long-term health benefits.” (massagetherapy.com)

5. Reducing muscular tension

A massage can help relieve and release contraction in muscles. If your muscles are wound up, massage will ease the tension, unwinding tight and sore spots.

“There are many types of massage to choose from. Swedish massage is a gentle touch massage that is good for lighter forms of tension, while deep-tissue massage is effective in addressing deeper muscle tension. Either of these forms of massage will be helpful and a great way to relieve muscle tension, tension headaches, and neck stiffness.” (gaiam.com)

6. Write if off

If all that isn’t enough to persuade you to get the massage you have been putting off, this last point should help. Most insurance and benefit plans will cover treatments done by a registered massage therapist. If you are a business owner and worried about that cost coming out of your own pocket or raising your premiums on an existing benefit plan, sign up for a Private Health Service Plan (PHSP). With a PHSP, you can turn that personal massage therapy cost into a business expense and write it off with no monthly costs or premium increases. Cost Efficient Benefit Plan has been in the business for 17 years and offers a PHSP solution with the lowest pay-as-you-go administrative fees in the industry at 5%.

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