Health and beauty are interrelated, and both come together effectively in therapeutic massage. Massage can be used to provide relief to sufferers of chronic pain, and to help people reduce stress and improve their emotional and physical well being. The therapeutic properties of massage are recognized by medical practitioners, who often use it as a complementary treatment. Deep tissue massage is often given in spa and salon settings, along with other services like facials, bikini waxing and skin care.
Uses of therapeutic massage
Therapeutic massage is classified as complementary and alternative medicine, or CAM, and is used by many medical practitioners alongside conventional medical treatment. A survey of 1,007 hospitals by the American Hospital Association found that almost 82% offered CAM therapies as part of their health care services. Their CAM therapies included massage.
Over half, or 54% of adults who had a massage between July 2013 and July 2014 had medical reasons, such as pain relief and management, problems like soreness, stiffness and spasms, muscle aches and pains, or for injury rehabilitation. Overall wellness is another reason to receive medical massage. Personal trainers, chiropractors, and other health and allied health related entities often refer their clients for massage therapy.
Health benefits of massage
People who receive deep tissue and therapeutic massage find that it helps with stress reduction and pain relief, particularly chronic pain relief. As many as 92% of those who receive massage agree that it can help in pain relief. Massage also has other medical benefits, such as improved blood circulation and the reduction of blood pressure.
Researcher have found that massage therapy can help to control blood pressure in pre-hypertensive women. A study published in the International Journal of Preventive Medicine showed that one of the effects of massage can be lowered blood pressure for up to 72 hours.
Wellness and relaxation
Almost one-fourth, or 23%, of people who get a massage do so for relaxation and stress reduction. This is one very important function of massage therapy, which is why it is often conducted in spa settings. Calming decor and music, plants, and running water create a serene atmosphere which sets the tone for the physical benefits of massage.
Many salons also now offer therapeutic massage along with professional skin care, tinting, and bikini waxing. That’s because beauty and health are interrelated and each boosts the other.
Medical massage is beneficial in a number of ways, providing pain and stress relief as well as other health benefits. It is regarded as a CAM and offered at many hospitals alongside other healthcare services. Therapeutic massage can also be offered in spa and salon settings, besides beauty treatments like facials and bikini waxing.