It seems strange, in 2018 to have to be making the case for medical massage. But there are still people out there who don’t really “get” why massage is so important, specifically in a medical capacity.
Here, in Stony Plain, Canada, we have more than one medical facility which incorporates medical massage and so it is becoming more and more common for patients to be referred to a massage therapist.
However, people are still unclear as to the specific benefits that massage might bring to them.
There are many reasons to consider medical massage and here are just some of them.
One of the major functions that massage in a supervised medical setting brings to patients is to put them at their ease.
Especially when this is prior to major surgery, or other medical procedures, a calm patient means a better outcome for everyone.
There is evidence also, even if anecdotal, that a happier patient also makes for happier consultants, surgeons and other medical staff.
Just the power of touch alone can help put a patient at their ease. It does not even really matter what the cause of their anxiety is. If it can be relieved by touch, then it is a treatment that it worthwhile.
IT CAN HELP PROMOTE BETTER MENTAL HEALTH
Although no one is saying that the power of massage alone will cure mental health problems, the benefits of massage to treat conditions such as depression and anxiety have been well documented.
Massage is now a therapy which may be given in the psychiatric ward, as well as out in the community, for patients suffering from a range of mental health conditions.
As a complementary therapy, it is an important treatment, which is now being more widely recognized by clinicians.
IT CAN HELP YOUR POSTURE
Even if you did not know it, you probably have a tendency to slouch when you sit down for any period of time.
And if you live in the twenty first century, you probably cannot avoid having to sit down for longer periods of time than perhaps you would really like.
A medical massage can help counteract the weakness and stress in your posture, which is in turn making you ache.
Regular massage should be considered for anyone with a backache, who especially has a desk job.
IT CAN HELP YOU SLEEP
Something that has long been known by insomniacs and massage therapists alike is that massage therapy can aid sleep.
If you are having trouble sleeping, whether it is long term or recent, before you head for the pills, give a therapeutic massage a try. It could surprise you!
IT CAN HELP YOUR IMMUNITY
There has been evidence (a study published in 2010) that has found massage improved the white blood cell count in patients. This is important in helping the human immune system.
IT CAN HELP WITH MIGRAINES AND HEADACHES
As many patients can already attest, a medical massage can help with migraines and headaches.
Tension headaches, in particular, can be aided by a massage. The frequency and intensity of them may decrease with medical massage.
IT GIVES A PSYCHOLOGICAL BOOST
Whether the patient is being treated with chemotherapy, for cancer, or undergoing some other type of treatment, medical massage can help to deliver psychological benefits to the patient.
Put simply, anything that makes them feel better about themselves is likely to result in a better outcome for them overall.
Touch therapy is increasingly being recognized as a way of promoting wellbeing in patients receiving a variety of treatments, in both a hospital setting, and out in the community.
If you think that you would benefit from medical massage, contact your healthcare provider for more information.