When you hear the word “massage,” your first thought might be that of a dimly lit room, fresh crisp sheets, the smell of essential oils in the air, and the sound of relaxing music softly playing in the background. The therapist enters the room, applies warm oil to the skin, and soon you are taken away to a tranquil place. For the next sixty minutes, you are in pure bliss, without the stresses of everyday life.
While this is true, massage therapy is not just for the pampered and wealthy. Massage therapy has been proven also to help alleviate back pain, sciatic pain, migraines, decrease spasms and cramping, increase joint flexibility, decrease scar tissue and decrease anxiety and stress, just to name a few.
The majority of people live with some type of pain, anxiety, depression, or chronic illness. Many seek relief by seeing their medical doctor who often prescribes highly addictive and harmful drugs. These drugs come with a slew of side effects, which in turn, require other drugs to counter those effects.
Many of these drugs mask only the pain, instead of addressing the actual cause. Pain is your body’s way of letting you know something is wrong. It limits you from further injuring yourself. Why take medication that shuts off your pain receptors, allowing further harm to your body?
Over 80% of the population will suffer from low back pain in their lifetime. Low back pain is influenced by many variables, such as physical, emotional, psychological, etc, and cost America an estimated $90 billion a year. The medical industry tends to push patients toward intrusive, addictive, and expensive interventions that often fail or cause more harm.
Massage Therapy offers a drug-free, noninvasive approach, based on the body’s natural ability to heal itself. While it may take a little more effort at first, proper nutrition, exercise, massage therapy, chiropractic, and acupuncture are natural ways you can help your body perform at its best.