Whether you’re in pain, feeling stressed, recovering from an injury or simply feel like pampering yourself, you might turn to the power of massage. But what actually are these techniques, and how effective are they when it comes to healing our bodies and minds? If you’re keen to get the answers to these questions, keep reading.
What exactly is massage and where did it come from?
One thing’s for sure, massage is not a new phenomenon. In fact, it’s been around in various guises for millennia. There are references to it dating back as far as 2700BC in China, and it was also known to be used in ancient Arabic, Egyptian, Persian, Indian, Japanese, Roman and Greek cultures. Indeed, the Greek physician Hippocrates, who is regarded as the father of modern medicine, used these techniques to treat a variety of conditions, ranging from constipation to muscle strains.
In essence, massage refers to the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body. It is used to help people relax and unwind, and to boost general health and wellbeing. The techniques work by easing both the muscles and the mind. They do this by increasing blood flow and raising people’s levels of endorphins, which are the body’s feel-good chemicals.
There are a whole range of massage methods on offer and they vary from shallow and gentle to deep and strong. Unlike chiropractics and osteopathy, these techniques don’t involve the manipulation of the skeletal system.
What does science tell us?
Even though massage has been around for thousands of years, it’s only recently that science has turned the spotlight on it to see why it makes us feel so good, and to look at how effective it is in tackling health problems. As the evidence starts to mount though, it’s becoming increasingly clear that these methods have an important role to play in boosting people’s moods and helping to keep them healthy.
One ailment that massage has been shown to help is lower back pain (LBP). This is important because it is thought that between 70% and 85% of the population will experience LBP at some point in their lives. Also, each year, 5-10% of employees have to take time off work because they are suffering from this pain. While nine in ten patients experience a speedy recovery without the need for treatment, the remaining 10% are at risk of developing chronic LBP and disability. Studies have shown that massage can be an effective way to reduce this discomfort and to increase function. For example, the National Centre for Complementary and Integrative Health conducted a systematic review of 13 clinical trials and found evidence that massage can prove useful in tackling chronic LBP.
Health experts also believe that the techniques can help people to recover after exercise or injuries more quickly and successfully. This is because massage increases blood circulation, and blood plays an important role in the healing and repair of tissue. On a related point, research has suggested that sports massage can stimulate the release of tissue healing biochemicals like prostaglandins. Meanwhile, these techniques can also help people to feel more positive about their ability to recover. Highlighting this fact, a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that the perception of fatigue was reduced when a 20-minute massage was provided between two intense cycling sessions.
Enjoy this impressive healing power from the comfort of your own home
There’s no doubt that massage can do wonders for both the body and mind. However, arranging massage sessions with trained practitioners on a regular basis can be inconvenient, not to mention costly. The good news is, there’s another option. If you think you could benefit from the healing power of these techniques, you can invest in a riser recliner chair or an adjustable bed with an in-built massage system.
We’re well aware of the positive effects that massage can have on people, which is why all of our chairs and beds feature a special cyclo-therapy treatment system. This cycloidal vibration solution uses a three-way technique to help ease away aches and pains. Years of research went into its design and it is medically proven to improve blood circulation, provide pain relief and promote relaxation.
Unlike other massage systems, which tend to rely on forwards and backwards movements that can sometimes prove damaging, cyclo-therapy rotates and pulsates out from the centre in a whirlpool motion. It also vibrates in all directions for optimum effect. The system can provide relief from a range of health conditions, including arthritis, back pain, hip pain, varicose veins, night cramps, swollen ankles, poor circulation and water retention. It can also help to reduce levels of stress and anxiety, making it easier for you to relax. In turn, this could help you to sleep more soundly.
The best thing is, once you’ve got your chair or bed complete with this useful function, you can enjoy a soothing and health-giving massage at the click of a button. There’s no need to book appointments, and you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home to experience this luxury. Also, you have complete control over the setting of your massage. Whether you want to reduce joint stiffness and muscle pain with a gentle session or you’re keen to experience a more vigorous massage to rejuvenate you or increase your pain threshold, you’ll be able to find the perfect setting.
A free trial
If you’re convinced about the benefits of massage and want to have the power of these techniques on tap at your home, you can take a look around our website or contact our expert team for more information on our range of products. It’s also worth noting that you have the option of booking a free cyclo-therapy trial at your convenience. Just give us a call to find out how.
Once you’re able to de-stress your mind and revive your body with the help of a first-class massage system, you might wonder how you ever managed without these state of the art solutions before.