Massage therapy has been used as an effective treatment aches, pains, tension, and a variety of other ailments. Techniques used by massage therapists can not only help your muscle pain decrease, but can also benefit most people in a variety of ways.
Reduce Muscle Pain
Massage therapy is a great way to ease acute and chronic muscle pain. An RMT can help to increase circulation to help fascilitate healing and reduce pain in the local tissues. Patients with musculoskeletal pain have been shown to experience less pain and increased function with massage therapy treatments.
Ever feel tension in certain areas when trying to get into a certain posture? Muscle tension can be a reason for reduced range of motion. Manual therapy and stretching directed by your massage therapist can help to reduce muscle tension that may be limiting your range of motion.
Reduce Anxiety & Stress
Moderate pressure massage techniques have been shown to help reduce anxiety, reduce heart rate, improve attentiveness, and decreased cortisol.
There are many other great benefits for massage therapy. With a variety of great massage providers at Okanagan Integrative Health in West Kelowna, you'll find yourself in good hands!
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