As we all know, most medications can cause side-effects, especially if taken for long periods of time. Why take them then? Is it the only way? What if receiving regular massage could reduce or even eliminate the need for long-term use of medications like analgesics and antidepressants?
Pain in the body is an indicator that something is out of balance. The more pain, the more imbalance. Massage Therapy and other bodywork focuses on correcting the imbalance which in turn takes away the pain. Analgesics work to block the pain receptors to the brain and to reduce inflammation. This covers up the problem temporarily, and for a minor imbalance it may be all that’s needed. If the pain keeps coming back, however, the cause needs to be addressed and this is what massage can do.
A client I worked with recently was taking pain medication for pain in her neck and back. She works at a desk all day, and needed relief from the pain just so she could function. After several months of taking these medications off and on she decided to try massage therapy. We worked together every other week for a couple months and her constant pain soon dissipated. She was able to go off the pain medications three weeks after starting her massage treatments.
As for depression, what if massage could take the place of antidepressants? Many studies have been done showing how skin stimulation helps produce the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine in the brain, and depression is related to a deficiency of these brain chemicals. Massage helps the brain in other ways by reducing stress and increasing concentration and memory.
I rarely get depressed, but when I do it takes me out of action completely. This last time I experienced depression, I asked my husband Colten to massage my back. After half an hour of that I was able to get up and we went for a nice walk outside, and then I was back to feeling normal! Try it. Next time a friend or family member feels depressed, ask if it would be okay for you to massage their back, hands or feet. And ask your loved ones to be aware and massage you next time you get depressed.
The best thing about massage is it has no negative side effects, it's sustainable and renewable and it's impossible to overdose!
Welcome to my blog. I aim to use this space to not only explain how massage works, but to help you take better care of your own body.