Benefits of Massage
 
 
 
 

Massage for DOMS, anxiety, stress & Insomnia at our Kirwan clinic

 

 
It's no surprise that massages feel great, but have you ever considered what the benefits are post-rub down? The team at NQ Bodyfix has outlined a few benefits of massage therapy below. We've started at what we believe is the most important and worked our way down.

Massage therapy provides a host of benefits—research indicates that massage may be effective in treating a range of symptoms for a variety of conditions. These conditions include:
 
 
  • Subacute or chronic low back pain
  • Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS)
 
 
 
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
 
 
 
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • High blood pressure
 
 
 
  • Insomnia
 
 
 
 
If you want to find out more about the benefits of massage, or you want to book an appointment, simply call our team. We're always happy to talk you through our services.
 
 
 

Body Awareness

 

 
Learning what your body is actually feeling is important. You could have pain in your lower back, but your hamstrings might be incredibly tight. Unsuspected tension can cause treatment to be misguided, leading to ineffectiveness in our therapy. We often see client's come in complaining of tension in their temples when this pain really stems from poor posture or tightness in the neck or shoulders. Massage therapy can help you understand your body and where your pain is coming from.
 
 
 

Pain Management

 

 
Working hard to sit at your desk? Pushing your body to its limits at training? Massage can improve your circulation, which in return helps speed up soft tissue injuries.

Massage may also reduce muscular pain and the effects of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). Although massage has no effect on muscle function, a study by Edith Cowan University in Western Australia found that massage was effective in alleviating DOMS by up to 30%.

When you have a massage there is a release of serotonin, which is the body's natural anti-pain chemical, helping you to relax. Another side-effect of pain is it can result in a lack of restorative deep sleep. A massage helps to increase deep sleep, which translates to less pain.
 
 
 

Increase Functional Movement

 

 
Having trouble bending down to pick up your pen, stretching those hamstrings after a run, or trying to PB that deadlift at the gym? Releasing those tight muscles and joints so they glide under the fascia will help reduce any restrictions and may improve how you move.

Our massage therapists work to knead or manipulate your muscles and soft tissue in order to improve overall wellbeing. As we hold, move and apply pressure to the muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia, you may notice a stretch and the release of tension that allows freer movement.
 
 
 

Posture

 

 
Massage can help retrain your body's muscle patterns to help you undo unnatural compensations through the body. Noticed you're hunching at your desk? Perhaps your neck is pushing forward instead of in alignment? If you're suffering from poor posture it's likely some of your muscles are working harder than they should be, while others are getting weaker.

Reducing built-up tension through massage helps the spine and surrounding muscles to respond at their optimal level. Massage allows sore muscles from poor posture to relax into their natural alignment. After release, a strengthening regime may be recommended by physiotherapists. Our therapists will be able to determine which muscles are underperforming and which are overcompensating.
 
 
 

Reduced Anxiety, Depression & Insomnia

 

 
Research from the International Journal of Neuroscience found that cortisol levels, which act in accordance with stress, reduced after massage therapy. The study also found that there was an increase in serotonin and dopamine meaning participants felt more relaxed and fewer effects of anxiety, depression and insomnia. By calming down the nervous system and reducing stress hormones, massage can be used to encourage rest and relaxation.
 
 
 

Immune System Booster

 

 
Massages can give your immune system a boost by increasing white blood cells that fight disease. Reducing your stress hormones also gives your immune system great relief and allows it to battle nasties.