Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Healing Touch

These days, getting a massage isn't just a way to unwind and relax after a stressful work week. With more research being done on the healthful benefits of massage, health care providers and patients alike are turning to massage to treat a wide variety of ailments.

We already know that massage relaxes our tired muscles, decreases our stress level and can even rejuvenate us, but below is a list of more surprising benefits of massage therapy:
  • Lessens migraine headache pain and sleep disturbances
  • Relieves severe premenstrual syndrome
  • Enhances immunity by stimulating lymph flow
  • Increases circulation by pumping oxygen and blood into tissue and vital organs
  • Decreases aches, stiffness and pain in arthritis sufferers
  • Increases pulmonary function and peak air flow in asthmatics
  • Reduces pain, itching and anxiety in burn victims

With all of these benefits and more, it's no surprise that a recent study found that a majority of primary and family care physicians would recommend and encourage their patients to seek massage as a part of their therapy treatment.

If you are interested in learning more about massage and how our physical therapists integrate massage therapy into our rehabilitation programs, let us know! Call Empire Health and Wellness Center (518) 690-4406 for more information.

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