Stress is a natural part of our lives. There is good stress and bad stress. Bad stress ("distress") is when a person faces continuous challenges without relief. Distress can lead to headaches, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, and problems sleeping. Research suggests that stress also can bring on or worsen certain symptoms or diseases.
Poor quality sleep can lead to depression, lack of energy and may fall asleep during the day. Your risk of injury and accidents at home, work and on the road also increases. ... If it continues, lack of sleep can affect your overall health and make you prone to serious medical conditions, such as obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.
Stress and lack of sleep have a large influence on our moods. When we are stressed, we produce hormones that put us in the” fight or flight” mode, which shuts off our ability to “rest and restore”.
Research has shown that massage therapy has been beneficial in reducing stress, improving sleep quality, and improving mood. Below are 5 ways massage can improve your health according to the American Massage Therapy Association.
1. Reduce stress - The longterm effects of stress can take emotional and physical tolls. Massage therapy may relieve stress and conditions associated with it, such as tension headaches.
2. Get better sleep - Research indicates that massage can improve sleep for everyone, including those with lower back pain, fibromaylgia, insomnia, pain and other health conditions.
3. Boost mental health and wellness - Research suggests that symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression (all associated with mental health) may be directly affected with massage therapy.
4. Manage pain - Pain can negatively affect a person’s quality of life and impede recovery from illness or injury. Research shows massage can help low-back pain, headaches, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and more.
5. Increase range of motion - Elite and recreational athletes alike can benefit from massage therapy. Massage can help reduce muscle tension, improve exercise performance and prevent injuries.
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