Massage Therapy

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Filed Under: Clinical Therapies
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Learn why this popular relaxation therapy also treats a variety of health concerns

Massage is no longer considered a luxury—it is now recognized as a therapeutic tool. Why? Massage does far more than relax your mind and body. It is a powerful therapy that facilitates healing. 

Studies have shown that massage can ease pain, relieve aching joints and muscles, improve range of motion, increase blood circulation and lymph flow, decrease anxiety and tension, facilitate recovery from injuries, and even reduce blood pressure and heart rate.

There are also several styles of massage, which can be tailored to suit your individual needs.

How Does Massage Therapy Work?

Each style of massage works differently to achieve specific therapeutic goals.

Massage styles include the classic Swedish massage; the more intense and invigorating deep tissue massage; sports massage, which is aimed at keeping the body in peak condition, speeding healing, and improving performance; lymphatic massage, which focuses on enhancing the flow of lymphatic fluid in the body; pregnancy massage; and Russian massage.

What Conditions Is Massage Therapy Good For?

Though massage is most often used to reduce stress and relieve tension, its benefits are widespread. Therefore, it can be utilized in any condition in which you experience muscular aches, poor circulation, or pain. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Acute pain
  • Anxiety
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Neuropathy
  • Migraines
  • Poor circulation
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Sciatica
  • Stress
  • Post-surgical pain
  • Pregnancy
  • Sports injuries
  • Tension

Learn more about how we use massage therapy at the Whitaker Wellness Institute.

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