Suffering from Edema? Try Massage Therapy

Edema, also known as hydroposy, is a medical condition in which an excessive amount of fluid accumulates beneath the skin. If you fall and hit your knee, for instance, fluid may fill the joint to the point where it causes severe pain, discomfort and limited mobility. While one option is to have the fluid surgically drained by a physician, an alternative, less invasive option is to seek massage therapy. continue reading »

Can Massage Therapy Promote a Healthy Heart?

Massage therapy is used to treat and prevent a wide range of diseases and adverse conditions, including stress, muscle tension, pain, inflammation and more. It’s a safe, non-invasive practice that has become increasingly popular for this very reason. You may be surprised to learn that massage therapy can also yield benefits for heart health.

Even with the advancements made in modern medicine, heart disease remains the leading cause of death among men and women in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated 600,000 people in the U.S. die from heart disease each year. While diet and exercise can lower a person’s risk of developing heart disease, there is strong evidence indicating that massage therapy can help as well. continue reading »

Massage Therapy for Improved Sleep

There are an estimated 40 million people in the U.S. who suffer from some type of chronic sleep disorder (source). Lack of sleep can suppress your immune system, impair memory/cognitive function, promote weight gain, and disturb your body’s normal hormonal balance.

Many people who suffer from chronic sleep disorders resort to medication sleep aids to help them fall asleep and stay asleep at night. While these medications may initially help, their effectiveness begins to diminish over time as you build a tolerance. Sleeping pills can come with potentially serious side effects like stomach bleeding and kidney failure. continue reading »

How Massage Therapy Relieves Stress

163---How-Massage-Therapy-Relieves-StressStress is something that everyone will experience at some point in their lives. Whether it’s related to work, relationships, finances, health, or a combination thereof, stress can take a toll on your body in more than one way. According to StatisticsBrain, 73 percent of the U.S. adult population experiences psychological symptoms caused by stress, and 77 percent experience physical symptoms. Thankfully, the centuries-old practice of massage therapy can combat stress, allowing you to live a more enjoyable, relaxed lifestyle. continue reading »

Treating Water Retention With Massage Therapy

drops-of-water-578897_640Do you suffer from water retention? Our bodies contain a network of vessels that are designed to drain fluid from nearby tissue, flushing it back into the bloodstream. Known as the lymphatic system, it plays a key role in the our bodies ability to regulate internal fluid levels. But it’s not uncommon for the lymphatic system to become overwhelmed or experience other issues that inhibit its ability to perform this task.

The good news is that most cases of water retention are minor and pose no serious risk to a person’s health. With that said, it can still trigger some pretty unpleasant symptoms. Some of the most commonly reported symptoms of fluid retention include the following: continue reading »