Stress is a natural response to help us deal with difficult situations, whether large or small, mental or physical. Our bodies are programmed to produce adrenaline to boost our heart rate and cortisol to increase our blood sugar, diverting energy away from the digestive system and immune responses. This is what we all know as the ‘fight or flight’ response. When we have too much stress, though, our bodies tire of the continual need to be ‘on the alert’, and this fatigue can lead to unwelcome physical and mental symptoms such as headaches, upset stomach, chest pain, mood changes, and problems sleeping.
Massage therapy has been shown to have a significant effect on reducing stress, and the resulting ill effects, both mental and physical. The range of Swedish therapeutic massage services offered by the Morley Chiropractic Clinic Ltd have been shown to reduce stress and tension, and alleviate muscle and joint pains caused by continual stress. Massage therapy can lower your heart rate and blood pressure, relax your muscles and increase the production of endorphins, the natural chemicals produced by your body to combat stress. Therapeutic massage has also been shown to encourage your body to release Serotonin and dopamine, which result in a feeling of calm relaxation. These calm-inducing natural chemicals make it easier for your body to deal with chronic or acute stress.
For those who seek to achieve a healthier, more relaxed lifestyle, massage therapy can be a useful tool in your fight against stress and anxiety. Clinical studies have shown a reduction in stress levels from even one therapeutic massage session, with the beneficial effects of lowering the heart rate and reducing cortisol and insulin levels. A course of regular massage therapy sessions can make you feel much healthier, as with reduced stress comes increased vitality and an increased sense of well-being.
Many of us will experience occasional or chronic pain from muscle or joint problems, and we will often turn to massage therapy to reduce the ill effects of such short or long-term pain, but we should also consider the benefits to be gained from therapeutic massage as a stress relieving measure. Whether you look to gain relief from acute pain, or seek to reduce stress and tension, you will certainly benefit from the Swedish massage services offered by the Morley Chiropractic Clinic Ltd.