If you're looking for a way to manage your pain, you'll want to consider massage. The hands-on therapy has been used for thousands of years to decrease both pain and stress. Dr. George Kollias and Dr. Karen Derr in Tampa, FL explain how you can benefit from a massage.
A completely natural pain relief method
Muscular pain is common if you've been in an accident or experienced an injury while participating in a sport, but the pain can also occur if you have poor posture or spend hours working on a computer. A massage not only feels good but actually helps your body heal faster. In addition to loosening tight muscles, massage improves blood circulation, making it easier for oxygen to get the cells in your muscles. Enhancing lymph system circulation boosts your immune system and facilitates the elimination of waste products and extra fluids.
Endorphins, your body's natural pain killers, are released when you have a massage. The chemicals inhibit the pain response and also improve your mood and sense of well-being. Have you ever noticed that everything seems to hurt when you have tight muscles? The tighter your muscles, the more they press on tendons, nerves and ligaments. Massage offers other important benefits. It provides a natural way to treat headaches and can help you sleep better.
Massages decrease your stress level
Muscle tension is a common response to stress. Although your muscles can become tight very quickly, it takes much longer for them to relax. Massage eases the tension in your muscles, which helps you relax and de-stress. After a massage, you'll have lower levels of stress hormones and higher levels of serotonin, a brain chemical that plays an important role in mood regulation. A National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health meta-analysis of 17 clinical research trials revealed that massage may also be helpful in reducing depression.
Put yourself in the hands of professionals
Performing an effective massage requires a thorough knowledge of human anatomy and the interaction of muscles, nerves, joints, ligaments and tendons. When you visit our Tampa office, you'll meet with one of our certified massage therapists who will discuss your symptoms and tailor your massage to address your pain.
Could you benefit from massage therapy? Call Dr. Kollias and Dr. Derr in Tampa, FL, at (813) 884-1457 to schedule your appointment.