Stress is a universal factor in our lives, making stress relief a necessity. Do you envision a message being restful, restorative, and perhaps too expensive to be within your budget? While they can be quite pricey, it is worth weighing the potential benefits to see if massage therapy is right for you. First, you should check with your doctor, they will know what is best. Second, you can see if your insurance company will cover these costs. Fortunately, more and more conditions and diseases are offering non-medicinal treatments like massage therapy. Sometimes in conjunction with other ayurvedic solution, and sometimes with more traditional methods.
Massage therapy is not right for everyone. Some conditions can even be worsened by the deep reaching massage. But massage should never be painful. If it is hurting, tell your massage therapist right away. The most likely cause of injury is too much pressure. If you have any of the following conditions you must consult your physician before getting massage therapy. It could worsen your condition or cause serious injury!
- Broken bones or fractures (this also includes ligament tears or sprains)
- Open wounds, healing wounds, bruises, burns, or other skin irritations
- Vein issues, like deep vein thrombosis
- If you take blood thinners, or have any bleeding disorders
- If you have conditions such as thrombocytopenia or osteoporosis
Luckily this means most of us can benefit from massage therapy and the stress relief it can provide. It can be beneficial for many conditions though! More research is needed to confirm but it is looking like the following conditions can be improved to different degrees by massage therapy. The ones you have probably already heard of:
- Sports injuries
- Joint pain
However, there are also a few which may come as a surprise to you. If you have one of the following conditions we urge you to discuss if massage therapy may work as a treatment option for you. It is also worth checking with your insurance company to see if treatments may be covered! They include:
- Pulled muscles
- Digestive issues
- Myofascial pain syndrome
So even though stress relief, is one of the most known benefits there are many to consider. Nearly everyone is a good candidate for massage therapy. There are also several types of massage. Though the two most popular forms for therapy are deep massage which aims to really massage the muscles as deep down to your core as possible. This massage can leave you a bit sore afterwards but should not hurt. Notify them immediately if anything hurts! It aims to help muscle damage, or connective tissue issues. Then there is Swedish massage which is more gentle. Its main focus is to relax muscles, often popular for stress relief, headaches, and the like.
Even if massage therapy is not in your future though, just a normal massage can help you relax and unwind so consider it if you are currently dealing with a large amount of stress.