The benefits of massage therapy are still debated, but many people will agree that massages can tend to some problems. Massage therapy is used to reduce pain in the body from any number of sources, and while masseuse must be careful what they manipulate and rub in the case of some kinds of pain, a great many problems in the bones and muscles can be made less painful through proper use of massage. Good use of massage can also aid in sleep while sleep is difficult due to anything from mental illness to physical pain form injuries. Though massage therapy is not an assurance of pain relief or easy sleeping, until the 1970’s, nurses were trained in massage to do both and while training programs have changed due to advances in medical science, many people still hold that these two uses are legitimately useful in medical care.
Medical reviewers have shown that there are other benefits to massage other than pain relief and sleep assistance. Proper massage has been so shown to ease the difficulties cause by depression and chronic anxiety. While massage is not a substitute for proper psychiatric care for depression and anxiety, both problems can benefit considerably from regular massage therapy. A good massage is also proven to lower temporarily a person’s heart rate, blood pressure and states of anxiety ranging from stress over work to chemical imbalances. Other tests have shown that massage is a worthwhile way to increase and expedited recovery of muscles after damage from injury or intense activity. It ins in this capacity that massage therapy has found lots of use in sports medicine and many high profile athletes have personal massage therapists who they trust with their million dollar muscular and skeletal systems.