Can Massage Slow Down the Aging Process?

Massage offers numerous physical and mental benefits, including a healthier immune system, a calmer mind, and improved circulation and energy levels. New research regarding massage and older adults has found that by incorporating regular massage therapy into their overall wellness program, these adults can enjoy a healthier aging process and improved quality of life. Keep reading to discover how your massage therapist can help you feel and look younger and healthier, regardless of your age.

Chronic Pain Relief

As the body ages, it becomes more prone to conditions that cause chronic pain, including arthritis and degenerative disc disease. Targeted massage therapy can serve to effectively lessen or eliminate pain associated with many of these conditions, helping older adults to feel more comfortable and leaving them better able to perform everyday tasks. Pain relief can also help older adults maintain a healthy exercise program of walking, jogging, bicycling, or strength and flexibility training, improving overall health and mobility to keep the body young and agile throughout the years.

Better Immune Response

The immune system is important for maintaining overall health and wellness, fighting off diseases and prompting the body to heal when it is injured or sick. However, the immune system becomes less effective with age, as issues such as poorer circulation affect immune system function. Immune system problems can also cause the development of autoimmune disorders, including heart disease, osteoarthritis, and diabetes. Regular massage has been shown to bolster the body’s natural immune and healing responses, reducing the time it takes to heal from illnesses and injuries while also helping to prevent many illnesses before they can occur. Massage improves blood and lymphatic system circulation for healthier tissues, while also reducing the development of scar tissue during the healing process.

At Agave Rose Wellness, our Tucson massage therapists offer personalized massage services, including Swedish massage, prenatal massage, and trigger point therapy. We invite you to visit us online and learn more about the benefits of massage and how to fit massage into your life, or call us today at (520) 444-6628 to book an appointment.

Taking a Closer Look at Trigger Point Therapy

Both chronic and acute pain can affect your ability to take part in work or school, as well as interfere with the daily activities you love. Pain and headaches are often caused by tight areas within the tissues of your muscles, called trigger points, which cause both direct and referred pain. Trigger point massage therapy is a simple and effective treatment option that can be used alone or as part of a comprehensive wellness program to manage pain and improve healing over the short and long term.

The Basics of Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger point therapy is a form of massage that targets the trigger points on your body associated with your pain. These trigger points may be near the area causing you pain, or they may be elsewhere on the body, causing what is called “referred pain.” By using massage to loosen these tight knots of muscles, trigger point therapy aims to help the muscle tissue relax and prevent the muscle spasms that contribute to the pain you are feeling.

Conditions Improved by Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger point therapy is typically an ongoing massage therapy treatment solution, as it is often used for the management of chronic pain. However, trigger point therapy can be a useful solution for minor nagging pain associated with injuries and overuse as well. Back pain is one of the most common conditions that affects adults—it is also often very responsive to trigger point therapy, as many types of back pain are due to knots and spasms in the muscles on the back. Other conditions that respond well to trigger point therapy include fibromyalgia-related pain, chronic headaches, rotator cuff pain, TMJ disorder, arthritis, and sciatica.

Your massage therapist at Agave Rose Wellness can help you target and eliminate chronic and injury-related pain with trigger point therapy. Please give us a call at (520) 444-6628, or click through our comprehensive website for more details about our massage therapy services and specials in Tucson.

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