At Allied Physicians & Rehab, Drs. Brian and Julie Bird work
with skilled licensed massage therapists to help relieve target areas
of pain and discomfort, as well as hidden problem areas that you may
have contributing to your health issues.
Massage therapy is the manipulation of the soft-tissues of the body
and is one of the oldest healing arts: Chinese records dating back 3,000
years document its use; the ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians
applied forms of massage for many ailments; and Hippocrates wrote papers
recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory
problems. Today, the benefits of massage are varied and far-reaching.
As an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs, massage
therapy has also proven beneficial for many chronic conditions,
including low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood
pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, infertility, smoking
cessation, depression, and more. Massage therapy also helps relieve the
stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to disease and
illness. Today, millions of people worldwide visit massage therapists
as a form of regular health-care maintenance.
The Benefits of Massage
What exactly are the benefits of receiving massage or bodywork
treatments? Massage is useful for all of the conditions listed below
and more, massage can:
Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
Ease medication dependence.
Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow-the body's natural defense system.
Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
Improve the condition of the body's largest organ-the skin.
Increase joint flexibility.
Lessen depression and anxiety.
Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
Reduce post-surgery adhesions and swelling.
Reduce spasms and cramping.
Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
Release endorphins-amino acids that work as the body's natural painkiller.
Relieve migraine pain.
A Powerful Ally
There's no denying the power of bodywork. Regardless of the adjectives
we assign to it (pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic) or the reasons we
seek it out (a luxurious treat, stress relief, pain management),
massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen.
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress
related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally,
than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in
this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt,
help manage stress. This translates into:
Enhanced sleep quality.
Furthermore, clients often report a sense of perspective and clarity
after receiving a massage. The emotional balance bodywork provides can
often be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical
In response to massage, specific physiological and chemical changes
cascade throughout the body, with profound effects. Research shows that
Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and less stiffness and pain.
Asthmatic children show better pulmonary function and increased peak air flow.
Burn injury patients report reduced pain, itching, and anxiety.
High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones.
Premenstrual syndrome sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping.
Preterm infants have improved weight gain.
Research continues to show the enormous benefits of touch-which range
from treating chronic diseases, neurological disorders, and injuries,
to alleviating the tensions of modern lifestyles. Consequently, the
medical community is actively embracing bodywork, and massage is
becoming an integral part of hospice care and neonatal intensive care
units. Many hospitals are also incorporating on-site massage
practitioners and even spas to treat post-surgery or pain patients as
part of the recovery process.
Increase the Benefits with Frequent Visits
Getting a massage can do you a world of good and getting massages
frequently can do even more. Taking part in this form of regularly
scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you'll be and
how youthful you'll remain with each passing year. Budgeting time and
money for massage at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your
health. And remember, just because sometimes massage feels like a
pampering treat doesn't mean it is any less therapeutic. Consider
massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan,
and work with our doctors' to establish a treatment schedule that best
meets your needs.
Will My Insurance Cover It?
The services of Licensed Massage Therapists may be covered by health insurance when prescribed by a chiropractor
or osteopath. Therapies provided as part of a prescribed treatment by a
physician or registered physical therapist is often covered.
If you are interested in experiencing benefits of massage
therapy please fill out the form on the right side of this page and
someone will contact you as soon as possible. You can also call our
office at (618) 529-5172 to schedule your free consultation.
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