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Why Massage Therapy is a ‘Need’ and not just a ‘Want’.

Massage therapy often falls into the category of a luxury for many people instead of a necessity. However, it is one of the most underrated ways you can generate healing and relief from an array of conditions. It is arguably a necessity because of its powerful ability to improve your overall mental and physical health. More people than ever are beginning to incorporate it into a self-care routine as the prevalence of medical findings continues to rise supporting the powerful benefits massage has on many ailments.

Many people are quick to spend money on what could easily be considered “unnecessary” expenditures – from electronic gadgets for phones, to apparel, dining out, and taking vacations. Take an example of something as simple as a drive-through cup of coffee, a common part of a daily routine for many, which could easily add up to $150 a month. A simple frequent habit can easily justify the same cost as something else seen as a luxury. It’s common for people to also feel guilty or over-indulging when spending a sum of money on something simple and relaxing for a period of time. Judgement of discretionary spending should always be left to each individual based on their unique situations. Particularly when it comes to matters of health however, massages have a stigma of being a luxurious, unnecessary “treat”, while other forms of self-care such as chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, cosmetology fixes and gym memberships are more well received and approved as a “need” rather than than a splurge.

Desk jobs, also being on the rise, can be so self-destructing and wreak havoc on your joints, spine and also aid to poor blood circulation. You don’t need to be a professional athlete to need muscle maintenance. Simply sitting at a desk all day can easily build severe knots in your back, shoulders, and neck that can lead to complications over extended periods of time if left untreated.

Many who are opposed to massage therapy also don’t see the significance in spending a sum of money on an experience that is short lived. But the truth is, the benefits stretch far beyond the hour of massage, and the relief immediately thereafter. Regular massage therapy cannot only provide relief from many underlying ailments, but works as a preventative measure for many health issues that arise or are ongoing.

At the very least, you may already be aware that massage therapy has numerous health benefits, but you might be surprised to learn the extent it can have on promoting improved health. We’ve compiled a list of dozens of ailments and health conditions massage has been proven to effectively treat:

  • Migraine Relief
  • Posture correction
  • Improve cardiovascular health from increased blood circulation
  • Boost Immunity
  • Improve mood from anxiety and depression
  • Improve quality of sleep
  • Detoxify
  • Decrease pain from osteoarthritus
  • Reduce nausea in chemotherapy patients
  • Improve pain from rheumatoid arthritis
  • Reduce stress and promote relaxation
  • Reduce carpal tunnel symptoms
  • Minimize fatigue
  • Relief from pinched nerves
  • Therapy post surgery
  • Alleviate chronic neck pain
  • Improve back and shoulder pain
  • Provide relief from injuries of all types
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Increase flexibility and range of motion
  • Improve balance
  • Assist pain with fibromyalgia

As a provider of wellness related amenities, TFLiving offers massage therapy services in several of the locations we service, as an option for our residents to book through our mobile app, and enjoy right in the convenience of their own community. Since there are so many types of massages, we recommend consulting with a massage therapist on the best type of massage therapy based on your unique needs and physical state.

There are countless other benefits to massage in addition to the ones we have listed above that you can also check out through our resources below.

WebMD – Massage Therapy Benefits

American Massage Therapy Association – 25 Reasons to Get a Massage

Time Magazine: You asked: Do Massages Have Real Health Benefits?

Catherine Rotman