Who doesn't love a good massage?
While massage therapy is considered part of alternative health care, it can be a good complement to other therapies for some medical conditions. Even the Mayo Clinic says:
To the contrary, massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being, whether you have a specific health condition or are just looking for another stress reliever.I have de Quervain's tenosynovitis in my right arm. It's aggravated when I do a lot of typing/mousing or even handwriting.
Since I like to write, and my day job has me on a computer all day, this is a problem.
I sometimes wear a brace on my hand that immobilizes my thumb, but again, this is my dominant hand and having your dominant thumb immobilized is just not practical most of the time.
Part of the reason I took time off from lifting 2 years ago was that my wrist was flaring up and trying to compensate for it, I started having trouble with my shoulder, as well.
I've been getting massages 2x a month for the last 9-10 months, and I often have the therapists concentrate on my forearm. Getting the bunched up muscles in my forearm to relax takes some of the strain off my wrist. While I'm still having some problems with it and need to be careful, getting this worked on has also helped my shoulder quite a bit.
My shoulders had also been in knots so long from the long-term stress and now my neck and shoulders feel much better most of the time.
In addition to the benefits to relax muscles and tendons, there is an element of having another person touch me.
I was more social in my youth than I am now, and there used to be plenty of opportunities for hugs (or more intimate touching) and things. Then I had my daughter for hugs and tickle fights and cuddles.
Now, I'm living alone again, and I don't have much of a social life, so opportunities to touch people in a non-creepy way don't come up much. Touch is a human need. And touch, all on it's own, can help reduce anxiety.
In my budget, I have massage listed under health care (actually, the master category is "keep my healthy") and I consider it almost as important as my medication and sleep to helping me stay relatively emotionally stable.
Do you have experience with massage? I know some people don't like the idea of strangers touching them in what is a fairly intimate way and some people find some forms of massage painful. What's your experience?
I usually like a really deep massage, the "hurts so good" kind. But since I was already sore from lifting this week, I asked the massage therapist to go a little easier on me today and just work on relaxation.
And I feel wonderful.