You may ask yourself, why I would want a massage? Some people think it is something sexual in nature, it is not. The fact of the matter is that it is very healthy for you. As far back as the ancient Egyptians the art of massage was practiced not only for health but for comfort as well. Some ancient Egyptian tombs had wall paintings depicting people being massaged and as far back as 2600 B.C. the Chinese practiced the art of massage. The oldest existing medical book, The NEI-Ching mentions massage. chiropractorsinphoenix The Therapeutic uses of massage are practiced on a wide range of age groups from infants to seniors for healthful purposes like intensive care, rehabilitation and general stress relief, in hospitals and clinics.
Massage is used to treat conditions of premature birth, osteoarthritis, cancer, lumbar back pain, heart attack, stroke, fibromyalgia, paralysis and the list goes on. Check out the information on dozens of websites to get a good idea of the variety of massage therapy techniques. You will find something that suits your body, mind and spirit to a tee! Swedish massage does reduce stress and pain and promote healing in people with certain health conditions. I myself am a massage therapist and get weekly massages for my health. Massage not only relaxes me but relieves stress, I call it massage limbo, total relaxation and I do mean relaxed. We all need the therapeutic touch of another human being, whether it’s a simple handshake, a hug or a relaxing massage.
If you were involved in a car accident, massage therapy can help you recover because it helps to restore balance to the autonomic nervous system. Massage also promotes circulation of both blood and lymph problems associated the trauma of a car accidents injury. You can ask your Doctor if massage will help you and if he prescribes it your insurance may pay for it.
I had my first massage about a year ago and the next day I had some sore spots. I wondered why? Now I know, it’s because when your muscles are extremely tight, they no longer pump lymphatic fluid through, which is a washing effect of the muscle tissue and without it the cellular debris, viruses, metabolic waste and bacterium, can build up. Massage therapy physically force’s these out of the muscle’s and returns it to the immune system. Once the knots were worked out of my back I felt great, had more energy and slept better. So what are you waiting for? Go out and get a massage, it’s wonderful.
Remember the Hippocratic Oath: First do no harm. Our medical establishment needs to be reminded of that.
Bob Green is a License Massage Therapist, with the goal of a healthy you.
Copyright 2009 Bob Green
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this information.