Giving yourself a full body massage is one thing you must have promised to do but never got round to doing it. Of course, you are likely aware of some of the benefits of a good massage. Many people are aware of these benefits too.
Some of the well-known benefits include any of the these
- A full body massage relaxes you and
- It is good for relieving that awful tension in certain parts of your body.
Many people are aware of the above benefits of going for a massage. However, a full body massage has so many other benefits you may not be aware of. These unusual benefits of a massage are linked to how frail the body can get without proper care for it.
Hidden or unusual benefits of full body massage
1. Relieves pains caused by Fibromyalgia
A good massage is good for relieving stress and pains caused by fibromyalgia. This is a condition that is characterized by chronic physical, physiological issues such as muscle pain, general body tenderness, and fatigue.
This condition could be the result of inadequate sleep and all sorts of stress.
A good full body massage has been found to alleviate the symptoms of fibromyalgia and spasms in patients afflicted with the problem.
2. Benefits to postsurgical patients
Care for patients after undergoing surgery is one of the most important aspects of postsurgical rehabilitation. One effective way to help patients get back on their feet is to give them a regular massage.
Full body massage to people who underwent a procedure helps increase blood circulation around the body, relaxes the muscles and helps to improve one’s abilities to move by enhancing the movement and flexibility of joints.
Tissue regeneration and reductions of postsurgical swellings are also some of the benefits of massage to postsurgical patients.
3. Boosts serotonin and dopamine levels to improve mood
Studies show that a good massage is able to reduce the amount of cortisol, a notorious stress hormone, in the body by more than half. At the same time, it elevated the level of serotonin and dopamine, two feel-good hormones, in the body.
4. It helps relief migraines and ordinary headaches
Severe headaches and migraines affect a large chunk of the world’s population. One of the root triggers of migraines are a lack of sleep and of course stress.
Because full body massage helps to relax the body, people tend to sleep well after a good massage which in turn goes a long way in relieving migraines. The long-term effect of massage on migraine has been known to be very positive.
Also people who are prone to ordinary headaches can get a lot of relieve from body massage
5. Effect on blood pressure
As one the leading causes of cardiac problems, anything that lowers high blood pressure can only be good. A significant percentage of people suffer from increased blood pressure around the world for a myriad of reasons.
Studies show that people who get full body message regularly are at a lower risk of developing high blood pressure than those who don’t. Related to that, people who already have high blood pressure can benefit from regular massage. It is known to bring down blood pressure to safe levels.
6. Increased flexibility
For elite athletes, optimal flexibility in the joints and limbs are necessary to remain at the top. One of the therapies employed by them is regular body massage.
For middle aged and old folks who have lost a significant part of the ability to move their limbs freely, good massage can help restore the complete range of motion they need.
In both cases, massaging the body works on the muscles, connective tissues, important ligaments and tendons. It also helps in stimulating the production of the body’s natural lubricants between the connective tissues of the limbs.
7. Effect on chronic back pains
As mentioned earlier in the beginning, massage is popularly known to relieve all sorts of body pains including back pain.
But what people don’t know is how effective this form of therapy is to the body. Studies have shown that full body massage relieves back pain more effectively than other forms of therapy like acupuncture and spinal modification.
And importantly too, full body massage apparently reduces the need to use drugs to treat body pains by as much as 40%.
8. Relieve pains in the median nerve
Excessive pain in the median nerve is a medical condition known as carpal tunnel. The condition is accompanied by numbness or burning sensation in the middle finger, palms and thumb. Sufferers sometimes find it difficult to form a fist with their hand or hold small objects.
Traditional treatment for this condition includes medication, braces in the wrist and surgery. However, studies have shown that a proper massage of the affected area can lead to less pain, ability to hold small objects and form a fist without going through pains.
So if you have been putting off your full body massage sessions for one reason or the other, this is a good time to do it. The benefits to you can come in unexpected places and ways.