Feeling stressed and in need of a little pampering? Here are the top 5 health benefits you'll enjoy from a well-deserved massage.
Sought by hundreds of Australians on a weekly basis, the positive effects of massage are multimodal and range from neurological, psychological, physiological and biomechanical. The simple art of touch has healing properties that can improve productivity in the workplace and happiness in the home.
More often than not, stress tends to manifest in the shoulders and neck. This pain has been linked to psychological distress and the context of the injury - the brain feels threatened and amplifies normal pain signals. Desk workers, beware! More advanced forms of postural stress show up as pain or weakness in the low back and gluteals each day results in a locked neck in the morning (known to medicos as an acute wry neck); a response commonly exaggerated and partly unnecessary.
So if you're suffering from pain or stress, here are the top 5 benefits of massage from Pietro Kuiper from Physio on Brunswick:
1) IMPROVE THE FLOW
Tensed muscles restrict blood and lymph flow. This causes wastes like uric and lactic acid to build up in the muscles. The gentle pressure of massage clears waste products in the muscles. It can break tissue adhesions for example scar tissue in the muscle. It encourages blood and lymphatic circulation. Muscle tissue will glide easier after a massage because it increases flexibility in the muscle.
2) TISSUE TANGO
Massage reinstates compartmental pressure gradients allowing better fluid exchange between tissues; between muscle fibres.
3) LET’S GET FLEXI
Massage improves flexibility as it improves circulation to the muscles, which will improve circulation to the muscles, allowing them to repair any damage.
4) REDUCED HEAD ACHE
Next time a headache hits, schedule some quality time with a massage therapist or take 20 minutes and relax in a massage chair which will decrease frequency and severity of tension headaches because a headache is caused by tight neck, shoulder and postural muscles a lot of the time.
5) DEEPER SLEEPER
If you've ever dozed off on a massage table, you don't need to be convinced that a massage can promote healthy sleep. Massage effects delta waves; brain waves connected to deep sleep to reach a deeper REM.
Sure, massage can help you relax. But massage can do much more than that: Massage helps to reprogram these brain waves and reconfigure signals to release serotonin. Now, Innovation Square is making massage even more accessible to Australians each day, with a suite of massage chairs at severely discounted prices.
Find out more at www.innovationsquare.com.au