According to the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals, Chinese records dating back 3,000 years document its use; the ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians applied forms of massage for many ailments; and Hippocrates wrote papers recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems.
Return to massage for pain relief
With the arrival of modern medicine, massage faded into the background. But now a growing number of people are turning to massage as an alternative to using pain medications in finding relief from pain. A 2008 survey by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) are increasingly using massage therapy for pain relief.
A 2007 CDC survey shares the top four reasons adults used massage therapy was to treat pain including back pain, neck pain, joint pain or stiffness/other joint condition, arthritis, and other musculoskeletal conditions.
How does massage ease pain?
Massage seems to ease pain in several different ways. It can increase blood flow to sore, stiff joints and muscles, which are warmed by the extra circulation. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, animal studies have found that massage also triggers the release of natural painkillers called opioids in the brain. The same studies also suggest that massage speeds up the flow of oxytocin, a hormone that relaxes muscles and encourages feelings of calmness and contentment.
It's clear that research shows the benefits of massage and its ability to help the body to reduce pain. Try one of our specialty massages to see how it can help reduce your pain.
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