The Many Benefits of Massage Therapy
Massage therapy is a hands-on form of bodywork that is highly effective at delivering both physical and mental/emotional benefits. It can treat specific health problems, and boost a person’s overall wellness and quality of life. At Northgate Chiropractic Clinic, we often recommend a massage therapy session prior to a chiropractic adjustment. By loosening and relaxing the muscles beforehand, we find that chiropractic adjustments are more effective. However, massage therapy is also an excellent standalone treatment.
General Health Benefits of Massage Therapy
Massage therapy has become standard treatment for people dealing with a range of health issues. For active individuals, a massage eases sore, stiff muscles to reduce pain and tension. This can help you recover faster from a tough workout. Massage therapy also improves range of motion and flexibility in treated body parts, making it particularly ideal for people who have physically demanding occupations (e.g. construction workers and nurses).
Massage therapy also offers the following benefits:
- Improved immune system function
- Better blood circulation (which supports the healing process)
- Boosted levels of energy and alertness
- Lowered levels of stress, anxiety, and depression
The massage therapists at Northgate Chiropractic Clinic are skilled at creating a relaxing, stress-free environment for our patients in order to maximize their time with us.
Specific Conditions that Massage Therapy Can Treat
Many people visit our massage therapists seeking relief from specific medical conditions. For instance, we often work with patients suffering from chronic pain of the back, neck, and other body parts. This treatment modality is highly effective for people who suffer from chronic pain. For example, one study found that people who underwent a 60-minute massage two to three times per week enjoyed significant improvements in both pain and physical function. People who suffer from chronic pain conditions not limited to a specific body part (e.g. fibromyalgia) also benefit from regular massage therapy.
Other specific health conditions that can be improved or managed with massage therapy include the following:
- High blood pressure
- Headaches, including migraines
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Post-operative pain
- Digestive disorders
- Soft tissue strains
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders
- Myofascial pain syndrome
Although everyone can benefit from massage therapy, it’s particularly helpful for amateur and pro athletes, as well as anyone who leads an active lifestyle. Getting a massage can support your recovery from a sports-related injury. By improving flexibility and range of motion, massage therapy can also help prevent sports injuries and even improve athletic performance.
Massage Therapy Services in Rochester
Northgate Chiropractic Clinic is the leading wellness destination for individuals throughout Rochester, Minnesota. In addition to our chiropractors, we have three talented massage therapists ready to help you feel your best. Our massage therapists are skilled in the following techniques:
- Deep tissue massage
- Essential oil massage/raindrop therapy
- Geriatric massage
- Prenatal massage
- Cranial sacral therapy
- Trigger point therapy
- Myofascial release
- Swedish massage
- Sport massage
If you aren’t sure which massage therapy technique would work best for your needs and goals, your massage therapist can offer customized recommendations. You can schedule an appointment today by calling our friendly team at (507) 285-1677.