Yes, massage is actually great for you! In fact, 86% of people agree that massage therapy helps them with their pain management.
Massage therapy improves flexibility, decreases blood pressure, improves circulation, and lowers your cortisol levels. Instead of using prescription or over the counter pain relievers, consider trying massage the next time you are experiencing pain from headaches, stress, difficulty sleeping, high blood pressure, decreased circulation, etc. Sports massage has even been found to improve athletic performance!
Many people are familiar with massage in the context of a spa day, or a gift from a loved one to relax. But massage therapy can be genuinely therapeutic for pain management and improved recovery time after an injury. Soft tissue injuries are very common after an auto accident or workplace injury and massage therapy works beautifully in conjunction with other treatments to promote a faster recovery time from soft tissue damage.
You may be surprised to learn how many insurance plans cover massage therapy, manual therapy, and trigger point work. Many private insurance plans do, as well as most personal injury plans. It might be worth checking out your coverage the next time you are in pain so you can minimize or entirely avoid pain medication, and find a more enjoyable way to work towards your better health.
Lifehack.org posted a great info-graphic on some of the benefits of massage. To check out the graphic and learn more, Click Here.
Absolute Wellness Center in Eugene, OR provides sports medicine, chiropractic medicine, naturopathic medicine, physical rehabilitation, acupuncture, therapeutic massage, and more. If you’d like to learn more about whether our services might benefit you in your recovery, or just to improve your health, give us a call at 541-484-5777.