How Massage Therapy Helps with Pain and Recovery

by | Apr 10, 2021 | The Rubin Chiropractic Health Center Blog

Massage isn’t just for relaxation. It’s also a powerful tool in pain management and the recovery process. Neck pain, back pain, muscle tension, injuries, and many other types of bodily concerns can significantly benefit from massage therapy. Plus, with a range of massage types available here at the Rubin Chiropractic Health Center, we can target your pain for greater results. 

Massage therapy helps with pain and recovery by providing the following benefits:

Improves Strength and Flexibility After an Injury

Massage therapy can improve your flexibility by generating heat in the muscles, which loosens the muscle fibers. As the muscle fibers loosen, you’ll gain a greater range of motion, which is commonly lost after an injury. With more range of motion, you’ll be able to more effectively strengthen the muscles post-injury. This is why massage therapy is a popular treatment method among professional athletes for all skeletal, tendon, and muscle injuries. 

Triggers the Release of Certain Neurochemicals 

Massage therapy triggers the release of serotonin and dopamine. These neurochemicals are considered “happy hormones” and naturally relax the body, making you feel calmer. This will allow for a faster recovery process. 

Enhances Circulation

To heal properly, injured tissues need plenty of oxygen. When the blood flow to an injury is increased, it means that the body will deliver more oxygen to the damaged tissue. Massage therapy improves circulation throughout the body, ensuring that injured tissues and the body’s vital organs receive plenty of oxygen for a successful healing process. As the body delivers oxygen to the injured area, swelling, stiffness, and soreness will gradually abate.

Aids in Stress Management

Massage therapy provides powerful stress relief that can improve your mental health. Stress is known to exacerbate pain by leading to muscle tension. Additionally, stress leads to higher levels of cortisol in the body. This hormone is known to increase inflammation in the body and can inhibit the body’s healing process. 

For more information about massage therapy or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.