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The science of massage therapy has come a long way from the days when massages were only given to the wealthy at high-end resorts or spas. Massage therapists can now be found in hospitals, clinics, drug rehabilitation centers, and even places of business. Many massage therapists also work as independent practitioners who travel to the homes of their clients.

These days, a well-trained massage therapist can work wonders on both the interior and exterior of the human body. Massage therapy can lead to improved health and well-being by alleviating many common medical issues:

Stress

Massages have long been used as a vehicle for alleviating stress. By reducing stress, you can also lower high blood pressure, improve sleep, and reduce the risk of heart disease, to name a few.

Lower back pain

Many people experience lower back pain as part of the aging process. Poor posture and prolonged periods of sitting, which is typical in many modern work environments, can also contribute to its onset. A competent massage therapist can often remedy lower back pain and detect signs of misalignment.

Skin cancer

While a massage can’t prevent or cure skin cancer, an alert massage therapist can spot skin abnormalities you may not be able to see on your own. Early detection and treatment can stop skin cancer before it becomes a major health issue. Massages can also go a long way toward improving overall skin condition.

Allergies

A massage can increase your body’s immunity by stimulating lymph flow, which can often provide relief from certain allergies. An experienced therapist can often tell if you’re an allergy sufferer by determining if your lymph nodes are tender and swollen.

Muscle weakness

Unused muscles can actually degenerate over time. Massage therapists can strengthen atrophied or weak muscles via a program of stretching and exercise. Conversely, massage therapy can relax overworked muscles and alleviate any associated pain.

Sports injuries

Anyone who participates in sports is likely to suffer an injury at some point. The normal wear and tear of playing sports can also take its toll on your body over time. Massage therapists can aid in the healing process and relieve the pain that accompanies chronic or acute sports injuries.

Myofascial pain syndrome

This is a chronic pain disorder that is caused by pressure on certain trigger points in the body, which leads to pain in other unrelated parts of the body. Massage therapy can help to reduce the pressure on these trigger points. This alleviates the pain in the unrelated body region.

Joint stiffness

Arthritis sufferers who experience joint stiffness can benefit from increased range of motion and improved flexibility due to massage therapy. Massage therapy can also help relive chronic arthritic pain in shoulders, knees, and hips.

Poor circulation

Insufficient blood circulation can lead to a wide range of health issues. Massage therapy can pump oxygen and essential nutrients into tissues and vital organs. This stimulates blood flow and circulation throughout the body.

Migraine pain

Anyone who suffers from migraine headaches knows how painful and even debilitating they can be. Massage therapy can also reduce the muscle tension and spasms in the neck and shoulders that contribute to the onset of migraine headaches.

If you’re interested in helping people improve their health through massage therapy, Vista College offers a comprehensive training program that can help you get started. For program details, please click here.

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