Why Does HuffPo Say You Should Get a Massage ASAP?

Female close up faceHere at FLSM we are big advocates for massage therapy, primarily because we have seen first-hand how beneficial bodywork can be for our clients. This article from Huffington Post discusses just how beneficial bodywork can be. Did you know that massage therapy has the potential to decrease pain, improve relaxation, reduce stress, and alleviate depression? Read more to find out about the many potential benefits to massage therapy.

There’s no denying a massage is calming — until you start feeling guilty for indulging in a little special treatment.

A small new study excuses us all from the guilt: Massage therapy isn’t just a way to relax, it’s also a way to alleviate muscle soreness after exercise and improve blood flow, according to the recent research.

Other benefits of massage have long been touted, but research is usually limited. Still, we think there are some pretty good reasons to book an appointment ASAP.

Massage can reduce pain.

A 2011 study found that massage helped people with low back pain to feel and function better, compared to people who didn’t get a rubdown. That’s good news for the eight in 10 Americans who will experience debilitating back pain at least once in their lives, Time.com reported.

“We found the benefits of massage are about as strong as those reported for other effective treatments: medications, acupuncture, exercise and yoga,” Dan Cherkin, Ph.D., lead author of the study, said in a press release.

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