In most cases massage is used to provide general relaxation and wellbeing or to address a specific complaint such as pain or problems with limited motion and so on. Some of the benefits of massage therapy include: physical relaxation, improved circulation, enhanced energy, increased flexibility and range of motion, relief of tight muscles (knots) and other assorted aches and pains, relief of nerve compression (sciatica, carpel tunnel etc) and some clinical styles of massage may help heal scar tissue as well as tendon, ligament and muscle damage. The relaxation response induced by massage therapy is also thought to lower the heart rate, respiratory rate and blood pressure, boost the immune system and reduce the effects of stress.
Below is a list of conditions for which massage therapy may be beneficial:
Anxiety and depression | Asthma and emphysema | Back, leg, and neck pain | Cancer | Carpal tunnel syndrome & repetitive strain injuries | Chronic fatigue syndrome | Dislocations | Fibromyalgia | Fractures and edema | Headaches | Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and bursitis | Insomnia | Kyphosis and scoliosis | Multiple sclerosis | Parkinson’s disease | Muscle tension and spasm | Palliative care | Post-surgical rehabilitation | Pregnancy & labour support | Sports injuries | Strains and sprains | Stress and stress-related conditions | Stroke | Tendinitis | Whiplash