Getting a workout, taking care of our children and families, commuting to work and running errands – while these seem normal, activities in our daily routine tend to keep us busy and our bodies in constant motion. The phrase “life doesn’t stand still” doesn’t, therefore, it comes as a surprise to many of us. Being ready for anything and staying healthy requires that we exercise regularly, eat healthy and get enough rest. More and more consumers in the twenty first century are taking on massages as part of their healthy living routine.
A report released recently estimated that between July 2013 and July 2014, 32.6 million adults got at least one massage in America. And given the various benefits of massages, it comes as no surprise that 90% of the respondents in a survey conducted by AMTA view massage as being beneficial to general health. If you still have your doubts, the following should convince you.
It benefits individuals of all ages: In 2013, the total number of people who were 65 years and older was estimated to be 44.7 million. A large number of them are enjoying immense health benefits by incorporating massage into their health routine.
It helps improve muscle recovery: At one point or another, everyone wants to get back to the fitness swing of things. Unfortunately, this process can cause injuries in some parts of the body that you use often or slow muscle recovery. The good news is that regular massages can help rejuvenate such muscle groups. A study conducted in 2010 and published in Strength and Conditioning Research cited that a massage conducted for half-a-minute can improve hip-flexor motion range. It also found that massage can help reduce post-workout recovery, thus enabling you to get back to your regular workout regime.
It helps with pain relief: Those whose jobs involve desk duty for an entire day suffer a lot from stiff necks and backs due to poor posture. With time, fatigued muscle groups, joint damage, spinal misalignment and extra body stress will develop if the situation isn’t handled well. Thankfully, massage can help to relieve that daily muscle pain.
Given all these benefits, it comes as no surprise that many people are now making massage therapy as part of their healthy living routine. When reexamining wellness choices, we should tire of the stereotype of massages being an occasional luxury and make it an integral part of health maintenance.