As many of us can attest, massage is good medicine for stress, muscle tension, and pain. Not only does it benefit the body itself, the caring attention of another human being supplies psychological comfort and a sense of connection. According to the Mayo Clinic, massage, together with standard treatments, is a beneficial “complementary and alternative medicine.”
Most of us, if we’re lucky enough to have enjoyed a good massage, could confirm that. Surrendering for blissful moments of treatment on a cushioned table while a professional massage therapist minister to all your aches and pains—who wouldn’t enjoy that? Who wouldn’t go home feeling refreshed, ready for whatever comes next, after a massage?
Benefits of Massage
However, on-going research suggests that the benefits of massage go beyond what most people know of. In addition to the “feel good” elements and the easily identifiable relief of muscle aches and pains, there may be significant other benefits as well. According to the Mayo Clinic site, some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
Insomnia related to stress
Soft tissue strains or injuries
Myofascial pain syndrome (often called “referred pain,” resulting from repetitive motion used in jobs or hobbies or by stress-related muscle tension)
Temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ)
ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)
Of course, massage benefits may not be readily available to everyone because many of us struggle to find time in our busy lives to book an appointment with a CMT (Certified Massage Therapist) on a regular basis. Finding a practitioner who is “just right” for you—who uses the style of massage most effective for your particular complaints—may also be a challenge for many people to fully experience the benefits of massage. For that reason, some people look to the massage chair to provide a daily dose of massage therapy in the comfort of their own home.
And despite its many benefits, massage isn’t meant as a substitute for regular medical care. Be sure to follow any standard treatment as directed by your doctor and ask your doctor about adding a massage chair to your overall care. In Texas, the sales tax is exempted from the massage chair purchase when you have a doctor's written note. We hope you find your healing touch and let us know if we can help you.
“Never Had a Massage? What You Should Know.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 7 Dec. 2015, www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/massage/art-20045743.
“Myofascial Pain Syndrome.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 9 Dec. 2014, www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/myofascial-pain-syndrome/symptoms-causes/syc-20375444.
"Massage Theraphy for ADHA" SACHS CENTER, 25 July 2018, https://sachscenter.com/massage-therapy-for-adh/.