8 Surprising Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

Soft candle-light flickers against the wall, though your eyes are barely open to see it; the delicate fragrance of burning essential oils pulls your worries further and further from your mind with every inhale. Firm but kind hands work to disperse the knots in your muscles and ease the soreness in your bones, and bring you closer to peace than you’ve been all week. 

A massage is the ideal image of relaxation and luxury for many people, but the benefits of massage therapy go far beyond that. Although unknown to many, massage therapy can also be a remedy for vastly common severe health issues. In this article, we describe eight of them and explain how massage therapy can act as a treatment for them.

1. Reduces Anxiety, Depression & Fatigue

Several studies have shown that a massage can not only help you reduce fatigue but is also a remedy for depression and anxiety. Depression can be a result of living with chronic pain and other health conditions that put too much stress on our bodies. Massage therapy helps your muscles relax and indirectly helps combat anxiety and depression.

2. Treats Back Pain

Back pain has become an epidemic of the modern age, with up to 80% of people suffering from back pain at some point in their life. Massage therapy is an intuitive treatment for most types of back pain, and research has shown that people who receive a massage regularly are less susceptible to back pain.

3. Relieves Chronic Pain

Massage therapy is one of the best ways to naturally boost the amount of serotonin in the human body. Serotonin released from the brain that naturally relieves pain in the body. Almost 35% of people who undergo massage therapy experience less pain associated with stiffness, soreness, injuries, and other health conditions. If you are suffering from chronic pain, seeing a massage therapist is the ideal natural remedy.

4. Improves Blood Circulation

A massage relaxes muscles and nerves, as well as improving the elasticity of blood vessels, which in turn improves blood circulation and leads to a healthy life. Many doctors recommend massage to their patients as a treatment to improve blood circulation.

5. Relieves Arthritis Pain

A specific type of massage is available for people suffering from joint or arthritis pain. During this kind of massage, light pressure is applied to the joint of the patient, which relaxes the tiny pain receptors under their skin, thus providing relief to a person suffering from arthritis pain.

6. Improves Digestive Wellbeing

Massage therapy can also help you regulate your bowel movements. Patients suffering from digestive disorders have shown remarkable improvements in their digestion after just a few sessions of full body massage.

7. Remedies Headaches

Head and facial massages are known to relieve pain associated with headaches. Often headaches are a result of accumulated stress and tension in the body. Massage therapy removes tension and helps de-stress our bodies and minds alike, thus relieving the suffering of everything from minor tension headaches to severe migraines.

8. Regulates Diabetes

Massage therapy is also used to reduce inflammation and manage insulin levels in patients who have diabetes. Doctors have been recommending massage therapy to diabetic patients for more than an entire century, and it’s one of the very few treatments which have been found helpful in regulating insulin levels.


It can be tricky to find the best massage clinch in your area. Kylie Ellison LMT is the best massage provider serving Richardson, Texas, and surrounding areas. Unlike other massage parlors, we are certified to provide sports, orthopedic, and medical-massage therapies.

Kylie has helped many people in a career spanning almost a decade and has firsthand experience of helping people suffering from chronic pain, and other medical conditions via massage therapy and strives to provide massage therapy that fits every schedule and budget. Contact her at (903) 521-1358 or book an appointment here.

Kylie Ellison, LMT Licensed Massage Therapist in Richardson

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