Need a reason to get a massage? Try these three!
Jan. 20, 2016
Massage is often seen as a luxury indulgence, but students in Concorde’s massage therapy program learn early on that massages offer so much more than simple relaxation. In a career as a certified massage therapist, you will offer patients a chance to enhance their health safely and naturally.
Athlete or non-athlete, young or young-at-heart, patients at all stages of life and with any array of ongoing health conditions can benefit from massage.
A knowledgeable massage therapist can detect areas where the muscles are sore and tight and use specialized techniques to alleviate that tightness.
Regular massages can help prevent athletes from developing injuries, since they keep the muscles loose and limber, resulting in less strain on joints.
Even for non-athletes, regular massages can help ensure proper posture, preventing further injuries to the back and neck and alleviating chronic pain from conditions like fibromyalgia.
For those with arthritis, massage might increase circulation to the joints, helping to alleviate pain and inflammation. The improved flexibility and range of motion associated with massage might allow these patients to participate in activities they love, such as walking the dog or playing with grandchildren.
Patients with acute musculoskeletal problems like whiplash or post-surgical pain can also benefit from massage. It might shorten recovery time and enhance the effectiveness of other treatments like chiropractic care and pain relievers.
More and more, graduates of Concorde’s massage therapy program are working collaboratively with chiropractors and other health care professionals to more effectively treat patients with such problems.
Studies have also shown massage to be an effective means of stress reduction — and relieving stress is more than a luxury; it’s essential for continued health. The decrease in stress associated with massage can help curb anxiety disorders, headaches, and even digestive issues.
Lower levels of stress can help reduce blood pressure, thereby reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes. Less stress can even help patients get a better night’s sleep.
While massage should not be used as a substitute for medical treatment of anxiety and other stress-related conditions, more and more people are turning to it as a supportive and supplemental therapy. This means there is a great need for certified massage therapists.
DISEASE PREVENTION BENEFITS
Massage therapy does not just make a patient healthier in the short-term. It also prevents them from becoming ill later on in life. By enhancing circulation and boosting the immune system, massage can help the body protect itself from any number of infectious illnesses.
It can improve balance in older adults, making them less prone to falls and the extensive injuries that can result. Regular massages can temper the effects of dementia, lower the pain associated with a joint replacement, help reduce migraine severity and so much more.
If you’re looking for a career that allows you to improve the health of patients from all walks of life, enrolling in a massage therapy program is a rewarding choice.
From disease prevention to anxiety reduction, massage therapists offer patients a safe, natural means of addressing current health conditions and preventing future ailments.
Students interested in the Massage Therapy program at Concorde campuses can find out more by requesting information from the Memphis or Southaven campuses.