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What are the common benefits of getting regular massage therapy?

Many individuals take pleasure in receiving a massage once in a while, whether it be a self-massage or one performed by a trusted friend or loved one. 

But, getting a regular, professional massage can improve muscle memory and relieve physiological tensions. Your posture will improve, you'll have more breathing space, and your chronic back, neck, and shoulder symptoms will go as you retrain the opposing muscles in your shoulders and back. 

If you just get massaged once per few months or years, you may find it difficult to retrain and maintain appropriate posture. Among many other common ailments that massage therapy can address, we will examine its advantages.

In addition, before scheduling a massage for a particular issue, you should consult with your primary care physician or a specialist you visit for the problem. However, here are some benefits of massage therapy that you should leverage.

Alleviate muscle pain

Are you tired of frequent muscle aches? In that case, getting a therapeutic massage is a viable option. It boosts blood circulation and also brings down the pain associated with muscle discomfort. 

Research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine in 2011 indicated that massage therapy was just as helpful as conventional treatments for persistent back pain.

Enhance immunity

White blood cell count, which plays a significant role in fighting the body against illness, increased after patients had massages. This is presented in a 2010 research published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. Moreover, the immune function of patients with HIV is improved.

Ensure a healthy digestive system

White blood cell count, which plays a significant role in fighting the body against illness, increased after patients had massages in a 2010 research published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

Manage myofascial pain

Myofascial pain syndrome is a chronic pain disease in which muscle strain causes pain. And this may have a wide range of symptoms. Although there is currently no known treatment for chronic pain, some patients may find relief by having a physical therapist or massage therapist focus on the area(s) where they are suffering pain.

Enhances sleep

Those who have trouble sleeping might benefit from massage since it induces a state of deep relaxation that makes it easier to fall asleep. "Massage helps relaxation and sleep in patients enduring chemo or radiation treatment. A certified massage therapist at Vista Physiotherapy in Calgary can also offer prenatal massage for women that promotes calmness, relaxation, and sleep.

Get lymphatic detox

The lymphatic system plays a significant role in maintaining fluid equilibrium and immunological function. Large clusters of lymph nodes may be seen in the neck, armpits, and groyne, and lymphatic veins run parallel to blood vessels throughout the body. 

The lymphatic system drains while your massage therapist works to rush blood through muscle and tissue, removing waste materials and potentially harmful germs that the lymph nodes have been filtering out. A slow lymphatic system contributes to fluid retention, hence lymphatic drainage may help alleviate edema in certain cases.

Improved Breathing

At the beginning of the massage, the therapist may suggest you take a few deep breaths at the beginning of the massage. One of the quickest ways to reduce tension is to allow your breathing to slow down so that your first breath on the massage table may seem like a sigh of relief. The diaphragm isn't the only muscle involved in breathing; the rib cage, chest, and neck all contribute.

Joining pan and arthritis  relief

The common symptoms of arthritis include joint swelling and discomfort. If your massage therapist kneads and stimulates your muscles, the increased blood flow might temporarily ease joint pain. If you have arthritis, let your massage therapist know ahead of time so they can prepare for your session accordingly.

Positive hormone production

Endorphins, the body's natural "feel good hormone," may be released in response to a massage. They are the body's natural painkillers, which are amino acids. 

Massage's stress-relieving effects may make it less likely that the body will produce excess chemicals like adrenaline (the "fight or flight" hormone). Muscles tighten up because your nervous system is confused and thinks your employer is a deadly grizzly bear.

Muscle discomfort may be brought on or made worse by this strain. Cortisol is secreted in response to stress and has been shown to have immune-suppressing, libido-reducing, and weight-promoting effects.


During your consultation, your therapist will question you about your goals for the session, the extent to which you are comfortable undressing, and whether or not the pressure being applied is pleasant.
Remember that you have the right to speak out if anything doesn't seem right or you disagree with what they're doing. At Vista Physiotherapy, we provide quality massage therapy in Calgary that can help you leverage all the above benefits with regular treatment.