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Why Is Massage Therapy Important and What Are Some Benefits?

Man having back massageMention massage and you may think of a candle-lit room in a luxurious spa. While massage can be viewed as a type of posh pampering, it’s so much more. One of the immediate benefits of massage is a feeling of deep relaxation and sense of calm. This feeling occurs because massage promotes the release of endorphins. These are the brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that produce feelings of wellbeing.

Levels of stress hormones, such as adrenalin, cortisol and norepinephrine, are also reduced. Studies indicate that high levels of stress hormones impair the immune system. Work demands, world events, relationship issues and more all can greatly induce stress in our lives. Massage is one of the ways to counteract that stress.

Other Benefits of Massage

While massage feels fantastic, it’s also associated with an array of benefits:

  • Decreases pain
  • Enhances sleep
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Fosters relaxation
  • Reduces muscle tension
  • Improves circulation
  • Increases flexibility and joint mobility
  • Improves recovery of soft tissue injuries
  • Relieves stress
  • Reduces anxiety and depression
  • Boosts mental alertness

Massage and Chiropractic Care

You may be wondering why our chiropractic office offers massage therapy. We do so because massage is an excellent complement to chiropractic. Getting a massage before or after a chiropractic adjustment can help your body assimilate the adjustment more smoothly. It also can help the adjustment hold longer.

Experience for yourself the many benefits of massage therapy. Contact Kensington Chiropractic for Health today to book an appointment with Chloe Thomas, our massage therapist! Chloe provides many different types of massage and will tailor her care to your unique needs and goals.

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