Why You Should Receive Regular Massage Treatments 

  • Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.

  • Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.

  • Ease medication dependence.

  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body's natural defense system.

  • Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.

  • Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.

  • Improve the condition of the body's largest organ—the skin.

  • Increase joint flexibility.

  • Lessen depression and anxiety.

  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.

  • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improvingcirculation.

  • Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.

  • Reduce spasms and cramping.

  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.

  • Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body's natural painkiller.

  • Relieve migraine pain.

 

Increase the Benefits with Frequent Visits
Getting a massage can do you a world of good. And getting massage frequently can do even more. This is the beauty of bodywork. Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you'll be and how youthful you'll remain with each passing year. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health. And remember: just because massage feels like a pampering treat doesn't mean it is any less therapeutic. Consider massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and work with your practitioner to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.

 

Source: http://www.massagetherapy.com/learnmore/benefits.php

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contraindications or Reasons to Ask Your Doctor Before Receiving a Massage

Total Contraindications


When you have any of these conditions, please do not book a massage:

 

  • Fever

  • Contagious diseases, including any cold or flu, no matter how mild it may seem

  • Under the influence of drugs or alcohol-including prescription pain medication

  • Recent operations or acute injuries

  • Neuritis

  • Skin diseases

 

Local Contraindications


The therapist can massage but not over any areas affected by:

 

  • Varicose veins

  • Undiagnosed lumps or bumps

  • Pregnancy

  • Bruising

  • Cuts

  • Abrasions

  • Sunburn

  • Undiagnosed pain

  • Inflammation, including arthritis

 

Medical Contraindications


If you suffer from any of the following conditions, massage can only take place once it has been approved before your session in writing by your Physician.

 

  • Cardio-vascular conditions (thrombosis, phlebitis, hypertension, heart conditions)

  • Any condition already being treated by a medical practitioner

  • Oedema

  • Psoriasis or eczem

  • High blood pressure

  • Osteoporosis

  • Cancer

  • Nervous or psychotic conditions

  • Heart problems, angina, those with pacemakers

  • Epilepsy

  • Diabetes

  • Bell’s palsy, trapped or pinched nerves

  • Gynecological infections

 

Does a contraindication mean that treatment cannot take place?


Not always. In fact, massage can be very therapeutic for many medical conditions. However, in the above cases it is best to have advice from your physician. Massage therapists, unless they are also qualified doctors, may not, under law, attempt to diagnose a condition.

 

Source: http://massagenow.com/contraindications/

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