Estuary Massage Exeter
What is Massage?
Massage is a manual manipulation of the soft tissues of the body (muscles, connective tissues, tendons and ligaments) with the aim of promoting physical and mental relaxation and well-being. It can be effective in preventing and treating sport injuries, relieve tired stiff joints and reduce swelling.
Here at the Estuary Clinic Topsham, Exeter we provide a number of different massage services ranging from sports, deep-tissue, myofascial release to Swedish massage.
Massage Therapy Evidence
Massage therapy has been extensively researched and has been shown to have various health benefits. Here are some of the benefits of massage therapy with relevant research references:
Stress reduction: Massage therapy has been shown to reduce cortisol levels, a hormone associated with stress, in the body. (Field, T., et al., Cortisol decreases and serotonin and dopamine increase following massage therapy, International Journal of Neuroscience, 2005).
Pain relief: Massage therapy has been found to be effective in reducing chronic pain and improving range of motion in conditions such as osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. (Field, T., et al., Massage therapy research review, Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 2010).
Improved sleep: Massage therapy has been shown to improve sleep quality and reduce sleep disturbances in people with insomnia. (Zheng, J., et al., Effects of massage on sleep quality and anxiety in patients with sleep disorders: A systematic review, Sleep Medicine Reviews, 2016).
Improved mood: Massage therapy has been shown to improve mood, reduce anxiety, and enhance feelings of relaxation and well-being. (Field, T., et al., Massage therapy research review, Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 2010).
It's important to note that while massage therapy has many potential benefits, it's not a cure-all and may not be appropriate for everyone. It's always best to consult one of our healthcare professional before starting any new therapy.