How massage therapy can help in the alleviation of physical pain

About one third of the world is in pain, with just two out of ten claiming that they do have the pain constantly. The level of physical pain usually rises as we grow older. It’s hard to live with pain every day, this is why techniques and strategies are devised to help relieve pain, through medication, occupational therapy or massage therapy.
However, this discussion would be based on—how massage therapy can help alleviate physical pain.
On a general ground, massage therapy is used for either personal relaxation or wellbeing, or to tackle peculiar complaints, such as physical body pain or restricted range of motion. Research has shown overtime that massage therapy may help in addressing both cases.
Massage therapy also has some general benefits, which include: improved flexibility and greater range of motion, enhancement of energy and vitality, relaxation of the body, cell nourishing and waste elimination improvement through improved circulation, relief of aches and pains including tight muscles (knots), relief of nerve compression (sciatica, tunnel and carpel), and some clinical techniques which may help in healing scar tissue as well as muscle tears, ligament and tendon.
Specific conditions improved by massage therapy
Even though massage therapy helps the body in many ways, but still, there are specific conditions that massage therapy can help. Massage helps in the relaxation of the muscle tissue, consequently resulting in the alleviation of nerve compression, increment in the joint space and range of motion. However, this can lead to reduction in pain and improved function.
Massage therapy also helps to reduce physical pain caused as a result of waste products in the body, by assisting in the improvement of circulation, which enhances the delivery of oxygen and other nutrients into the cells of the muscle, thereby aiding the removal of waste products in the process. Also, massage brings about circulatory effects that assist in treating some inflammatory conditions like—edema or arthritis.
Relaxation response is also thought to be induced by massage therapy, which consequently decreases physical effects of stress by lowering the heart rate, blood pressure and respiratory rate, and boosting the immune system.
Based on these aforementioned effects, it has been realised that massage is helpful in the alleviation pains and increasing functions in conditions, such as:
• Muscle injury, overused or sore muscles
• Mysofascial pain
• Back pain related to pregnancy and other discomfort
• Varicose veins
• Thoracic outlet syndrome
• Tendon and muscle tears
• Torticollis (a condition in which the head becomes persistently turned to one side, often associated with painful muscle spasms)
• Scoliosis
• Whiplash
• Tension headaches
• Sciatica
• Carpal tunnel.
Massage therapy is also helpful in treating and managing symptoms or complications of:
• Chronic diseases, such as diabetes, autoimmune diseases and heart disease
• Hypertension and heart failure
• Reynaud’s disease
• Muscular dystrophies
• Osteoarthritis
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Gout.
Lastly, other physical, as well as emotional benefits of massage therapy are:
• Improved athletic performance
• Enhancement of immune system
• Reduction in the level of fatigue
• Improvement in the pattern of sleep and reduced sleep disturbance, which consequently decreases headaches and general body weakness.
• Reduced anger and aggression
• Lowering of depression
• Reduced level of stress
• Alleviated anxiety
• Improved mood