The use of massage therapy is one of the most effective ways to treat various ailments. Massage therapy is used in treating various conditions such as: aches and pains, headaches, back pain, joint pain, muscle cramps, menstrual problems (amenorrhea), allergies (allergy) , colds and flu symptoms (flu), arthritis or any other condition that requires physical relief.
Massage Therapy Benefits:
1. Massage stimulates blood circulation which helps in relieving pain and improving general health.
2. Massage improves skin’s elasticity and reduces wrinkles due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
3. Massages relieve stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and other mental disorders caused by stress or psychological issues.
4. Massage increases the body’s ability to fight off infections.
5. Massage promotes healing of wounds and cuts.
6. Massage relieves tension, anxiety, depression, anger, nervousness and other emotional disorders caused by stress or psychological issues.
In addition to these benefits massage therapy can also reduce inflammation in certain parts of the body like joints, muscles and bones. It can also relieve fatigue caused by muscle pain or tension.
Types of Massage:
There are many types of massage therapy such as Swedish massage, deep tissue, Thai yoga, neuromuscular therapy etc. All these types of massages have their own specific benefits and effects on human body.
Swedish massage involves application of pressure on muscles and tissues of the human body. This massage technique not only relaxes the muscles, it also improves the blood circulation, reduces anxiety and induces sound sleep.
Neuromuscular therapy is a type of massage therapy, which focuses on treating injuries and other conditions caused by repetitive movements. It helps in relaxing the muscles, relieving pain and eliminating any numbness in the affected areas of the body.
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