The more science learns about massage therapy, the more it becomes clear that it can treat a variety of different conditions across different age groups and genders. Even if you have your own health routine, you should consider including massage therapy to make sure your body, mind and soul all work in harmony together.
At Versatile Vitality, located in Albuquerque’s beautiful Nob Hill, I provide exactly the kinds of services that my clients need. Whether that means they come into my studio or I go to their home and office, my dedication to a professional experience that relaxes them and rejuvenates them at the same time is clear.
Here’s a few different medical conditions that can be helped by massage therapy. If you have a medical condition, it’s always a good idea to check with your physician before you sign up for any one of the different varieties available, but there will usually be a large benefit.
Arthritis, massage therapy and you.
While everyone agrees that there is no real cure for arthritis, there are some things that you can do to alleviate the pain and symptoms. One of the first steps to finding the right kind of treatment is understanding the signs that you might have this disease.
- Most of us are stiff in the morning when we wake up but if that feeling lasts for 30 minutes or less you might have a little bit more than just normal creaky joints. If you have joint pain that comes and goes, you could very well have arthritis and one of the other signs is discomfort that prevents you from moving in a normal way.
- Weakness is another sign that you might have one of the many different kinds of arthritis.
You’ll hear a lot about joints when you’re discussing arthritis. These are generally defined as the space between two bones. For any kind of movement to be flexible and smooth, there needs to be a pad of synovial fluid and cartilage in that area. Arthritis usually affects common areas like the hips, knees and hands and occurs when those natural shock absorbers start to weaken.
Massage can help make gains on the pain
So, enough about the bad stuff and what arthritis can do to you. There’s a body of evidence that says some of the massage therapies like the ones I offer here at Versatile Vitality can help you manage the pain and stress that come with arthritis flare-ups.
Tiffany Field, PhD, is the director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine and she’s done some research into the ways that this treatment works with arthritis. Her studies point to the fact that this simple remedy offers improvements for range of motion and lessened pain. There is also evidence that the strength of hand grips and the overall all functioning of many of the bodies joints are also improved.
Deep Tissue Massage Therapy
You may be reading about these kinds of results for the first time in this blog, but we’ve known all about the positive benefits of massage therapy for years here at Versatile Vitality. In fact, the Deep Tissue Massage Therapy that we offer is specifically designed to sooth trouble spots on the body. As the name suggests, the idea is to use a series of long slow deliberate strokes and focused pressure on the muscles and tendons that can become sore with people suffering from arthritis.
If you take a look through our blogs and the information that you can get there, you’ll see we also have some interesting articles on yoga and the benefits for calming the body, mind and spirit. Why not take a few moments and read a few of these healthy lifestyle tips to improve your overall situation?
What does massage do?
Anyone who suffers with arthritis knows the disease isn’t incurable, and that’s why many experts in the field call massage a complementary treatment. There are several reasons for this including some research that shows this kind of therapy reduces cortisol, which is the body’s stress hormone.
Other work done on the same subject shows clearly that another one of the mood-altering chemicals in our body, serotonin, is released with massage. Increases in both these chemical levels can lead to better sleeping patterns which in turn can improve the symptoms of your arthritis.
Massage: A Big Part of A Healthy Heart
In these health-conscious times everyone understands that having knowledge leads to having peace of mind and a healthy body. Everyone wants to be sure the engine that drives all of that forward is in good shape and that’s why you need to take a look at the risk factors affecting your heart and what massage therapy can do to help you lead a long and happy life.
Although there are some real physical factors that can contribute to heart disease and stroke, some of the other contributors that we associate with this aliment are a little harder to pin down. Stress, for example, is thought to lead to some of the physical elements that affect your blood pressure, but there’s really no material link that’s being drawn between the number of hours you work and having a physical problem of that kind.
Still, it’s good to be on the safe side where stress is concerned and that’s where massage therapy comes in to help you. Massage helping to relieve stress has been documented by several studies for nurses and Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice which was published in 2002 with some interesting results.
The nurses who participated in the study underwent massage therapy during working hours and their stress and symptoms were reduced. They reported suffering from less headaches and joint pain as well as other problems like shoulder tension and insomnia.
That’s one of the big reasons that I also offer mobile massage in Albuquerque for professionals who want to use the various therapies I offer to lower their stress levels and stay healthy longer. Versatile Vitality offers a number of healthy and convenient options including Shiatsu Massage Therapy.
This type of massage uses an interesting combination of pressure and stretching techniques that are designed to target the very points where stress can build up. It releases toxins and pressure that has worked its way deep down into the muscles and, by stimulating the immune system, creates a deep and relaxing state that adds to your overall heart health.
There are several advantages to Shiatsu Massage Therapy and they include:
- Relief for arthritis sufferers as well. It’s good to know that you can get a two-for-one scenario and reduce your stress that can lead to heart disease while at the same time alleviating some of the pain from those creaky joints we just talked about.
- Reduced stress. Ask anyone in today’s society and they will tell you that stress might be the only thing we all share in common. One of the offshoots from there is tension and insomnia, and this kind of massage therapy can help alleviate those conditions too.
- This massage therapy helps a variety of other ailments including eating disorders and menstrual problems. I’ve even had reports that people find relief from morning sickness and bowel trouble through this treatment.
The link between any kind of massage therapy and better heart health is important to look at. Even some of the more noted publications like the Journal of Preventative Medicine have done some research and detailed interesting facts like:
- Fifty pre-hyper intensive women who underwent Swedish Massage Therapy three times a week had some amazing results. The blood pressure of the participants was significantly lowered for up to 72 hours after the sessions.
- The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery noted that these therapies even reduce the anxiety levels in cardiac patients after surgery.
If you think I’m trying to build a big case for these treatments by writing this blog, you’re right. I founded Versatile Vitality to show my clients a unique experience like no other that would help them invigorate their body, mind and soul.
If you take a few moments to look at the customer testimonials on my website, you’ll see glowing recommendations from people just like you. We provide a variety of different services here and if you’d like to learn more why not give me a call at (303) 668-9267 today?
Enjoy Your Golden Years More
I’ve written a lot so far about how anyone of the services I provide can help a variety of people reduce stress and stay healthy. Considering massage when you are older also helps you to deal with a variety of health issues and have a better outlook on your Golden Years.
If you’re one of America’s seniors and wondering if massage is right for you, consider some recent statistics. In the last year alone, around 9 million people who are over the age of 55 enjoyed the benefits of 39 million different massage therapies. Here are some of the reasons.
- Massage does wonders for a variety of physical health issues. It can actually help increase stability in older adults who are suffering from pain in their knees and other joints. There is even some suggestion that regular therapies can lead to a better posture for some of our valued older citizens.
- Massage helps people in hospices too. Another study showed increased quality of life for people in hospices and a reduction in the pain they suffered. A recent survey showed 74% of elder Americans valued these services.
The list of benefits goes on and massage has even been known to do its part to battle those non-physical ailments that can still drastically affect someone’s life like depression.
Sleep Patterns And SADs
Massage therapy can help improve circadian rhythms which provide better sleep patterns and offset the effects of various depressive cycles that come with illnesses like seasonal affective disorder. The right massage therapy really helps when it comes to lowering anger levels and other types of depressive disorders too.
It is clear that massage is the modern answer to variety of different elements we all suffer from. Along with a wide variety of Albuquerque massage therapy choices, Versatile Vitality has also seen fit to add some yoga options to our line-up. We think it’s an excellent way to supply a one two punch to the kind of stressors that we all suffer from in today’s modern world.
The benefits of yoga are numerous and many people don’t realize it has a lot to do with their emotional state. Science has shown that negative emotions can actually lead to physical ailments and the choices that we offer here can help you control that side of your personality. Our yoga options remove the layers of past conditioning which can prevent you from enjoying your life in the present moment.
Athletes and Massage
Finally, it’s good to know that people who love to exercise and are otherwise relatively healthy can benefit from massage therapy. By now, we all know that even a moderate amount of physical exercise can help us live longer and have a better quality of life. Now, research is emerging that saying different types of massage can help athletes in a variety of different ways.
For example, having a session after a vigorous work out helps to alleviate any tension that’s built up in the muscles and gives you a good idea about where you are as far as muscle tone.
As well as improving soft-tissue function, massage therapy reduces the swelling from overexertion and can actually increase exercise performance in the long run. Performed on a regular basis, there is even evidence that massage therapy can prevent injuries for athletes.
I know I’ve giving you quite a bit to read about here but once I get started on the benefits of my life’s work, it’s hard for me to stop!! Why not contact us today so we can set up an appointment and start you on the path to a more holistic lifestyle?