Years of scientific observation has unveiled the relationship between chronic, low-level inflammation and a variety of diseases.
Inflammation is often a force for good. WebMD describes inflammation as “a process by which the body's white blood cells and substances they produce protect us from infection with foreign organisms, such as bacteria and viruses.”
However, when the body chronically triggers the inflammation response when there are no foreign organisms to fight off, it can contribute to diseases like depression, heart disease, and cancer.
There is no shortage of pharmaceutical options on the market to help treat and prevent chronic inflammation, but for those who prefer a more natural approach, there is regular massage therapy.
Here are 3 ways that massage chairs can reduce inflammation.
1. Relieving Stress
Evidence shows that chronic stress may block a naturally occurring anti-inflammatory response in the body. Massage Therapy can help relieve stress by stimulating the natural production of important mood-regulating hormones like serotonin and dopamine. You can enhance the stress-relieving effect of Massage Therapy with things like aromatherapy and meditative breathing techniques.
2. Improving Sleep Quality
Sleep is essential to nearly all bodily functions, and thus, sleep deprivation can have wide-ranging effects on physiological processes. There is a body of research that indicates a correlational relationship between sleep quality and chronic inflammation, citing sleep’s potential role in regulating the immune system. Massage Therapy can help stimulate the production of the body’s main sleep hormones, melatonin, and serotonin, to improve sleep quality and prevent inflammation.
3. Easing Muscle Soreness
Inflammation in muscle tissues is usually the result of a hard workout, but it can also be the product of inflammatory conditions like Myositis. Proper exercise is important to leading a healthy lifestyle, and sore muscles can keep you out of the gym and on the couch. Massage Therapy can help increase circulation to the sore muscles in your body and can help alleviate soreness caused by inflammation.
There are many other ways to reduce inflammation in the body. Exercise, for example, can reduce inflammation while also lowering blood pressure. Processed foods and foods high in sugar, gluten, or trans fats are shown to increase the risk of inflammation, while foods like fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats are shown to reduce it. Other lifestyle changes like quitting tobacco, limiting alcohol intake, and practicing relaxation techniques can also help prevent and reduce symptoms of inflammation.
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