Health benefits of massage on different parts of the body

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For many individuals, one of the foremost justifications for abstaining from preventative or rehabilitative care is simply not knowing the positives that they’re missing out on. While this is a shame, there’s really no reason to not educate oneself on the benefits of these practices. Massage is one of the most accessible and most helpful options out there. Whether you’re suffering from a range of ailments or are simply looking to keep your body in the best shape possible, this practice may be a valuable tool to you. Take a look at these ways that massage can benefit the various regions of your body. Who knows? You may even find inspiration to try the practice out on your own!

Benefits on the back

Individuals with back pain are among those who can receive the greatest benefits from massage therapy. Largely, this is due to the fact that back injuries can be easily aggravated by engaging in day to day activities such as moving around the home or office. Massage therapy can aid these people in a number of ways. According to Spine Health, one of the foremost benefits is that the process can stimulate blood flow to damaged muscles and tissues in the back. In the case of injury, these muscles and tissues can cease to receive the necessary nutrients and oxygen delivered by blood flow, further exacerbating the injury. With this in mind, the increased blood flow delivered by massage can actually expedite the healing process in addition to relieving the pain. These individuals also are candidates for a distinct benefit in that massage on the back can help heal areas that people cannot reach on their own.

Benefits on the legs

The legs are a far more complex grouping of muscles and nerves than most people realize. Given that the anatomy is so complex, you may want to opt for receiving massage from a trained masseuse as opposed to practicing the therapy on your own. This is because individuals with massage training will have a heightened understanding of the anatomy of the legs, allowing them to target specific parts of the leg that may be injured or in pain for a host of other reasons. Further, frequently engaging in leg massage, when paired with stretching and a normal exercise regimen, has the potential to help increase both strength and flexibility in the legs. With this in mind, the practice may even be beneficial for athletes who have not yet encountered an injury. It can help these people recover from normal wear and tear more quickly and get back to the activities that they love.

Benefits on the upper body

Many of the benefits that individuals receive when practicing massage on their upper body are similar to those experienced when massage is performed upon the back or legs. In the case of damaged tissue, massage can stimulate blood flow and drive healing nutrients to the various muscles of the upper body, aiding in quickening recovery time. As Home Remedies has reported, massage can also help with reducing inflammation in these tissues. When injuries are sustained to the upper body, inflammation and swelling can make it harder to reach the affected tissues, prolonging the healing process, so this can benefit anyone suffering from upper body ailments. Perhaps most practically, massage can also help individuals who are dealing with general soreness from weightlifting or other athletic activities by helping to break down and disperse lactic acid built up through exertion.

Jill Lohmann is a Director of Operations for Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers and a certified physical therapist. Accelerated Rehabilitation Centers is a physical therapist owned and operated rehabilitation company with a network of 170 outpatient rehabilitation centers located throughout the Midwest, Arizona and Georgia.

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