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6 Conditions that are Helped with Massage Therapy

Many people assume that massage therapy is only important if you have back, neck, or shoulder pain. But massage therapy can actually be amazingly beneficial for a number of conditions that might surprise you!

Massage for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

What it is: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the inflammation of nerves within the carpal tunnel of the inside of the wrist, which can cause numbness, tingling, difficulty gripping or grasping objects, and/or hand pain.

How Massage Therapy Can Help: A massage with a focus on the wrist, shoulder, and arms can help patients find relief. Many clients can see results after the first session, but it can take 3-5 sessions in combination with behavior modification and anti-inflammatory methods to achieve lasting results.


What it is: diabetes is a disease that does damage to the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. While different types of diabetes have varying symptoms, generally, they are excessive thirst, frequent urination, and damage to the eyes, kidneys, heart, blood vessels, kidneys, and thickening or stiffening of the fascia surrounding the muscles and organs.

How Massage Therapy Can Help: In addition to the relaxation benefits of massage, diabetes patients can also expect to benefit from improved circulation, which can lead to a more efficient uptake of insulin by the body’s cells. Massage is also important for myofascial effects, such as increased joint motion, more comfortable mobility, and decreased stiffness

Massage for Tension Headaches

What it is: tension headaches are defined by pain and prolonged contraction of muscles in the neck, face, scalp, and jaw, brought on by stress, emotional trauma, depression, anxiety, not enough sleep (or sleep apnea), or jaw clenching.

How Massage Therapy Can Help: Research has shown that massage therapy can be beneficial in reducing anxiety and stress, which can relieve the tension that causes said headaches. Specific craniosacral techniques can also help relax muscles around the head and neck, reducing pressure on the delicate nerves whose inflammation can lead to headaches. In addition, Massage can increase the body’s production of serotonin, which can help patients sleep better. And who doesn’t feel better with a good night’s sleep?

Massage for Whiplash

What it is: whiplash, or hyperextension injury, is most commonly caused by car accidents causing the victim’s neck to first bend towards and then away from the impact in a rapid motion, causing strain or sprain to the muscles and ligaments in the neck.

How Massage Therapy Can Help: In addition to helping relieve stress and bringing relaxation to patients, massage therapy increases circulation, allowing more oxygen and healing agents to be delivered to the point of injury, which can speed the healing process. Massage can also help lessen the trauma to both the patient’s emotional well-being and their muscles. Specific bodywork methods (like myofascial, friction-based, or trigger point, to name a few), can be employed to focus on specific issues.