Unexpected Benefits of Medical Massage - Lyceum PM

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Massages are not a luxury. For many, especially those who suffer from chronic pain, massages are a necessity.

In a patient-care atmosphere in which medication tends to be the first and only treatment offered, medical massage therapy comes a refreshing, non-invasive, medication-free alternative. Pain relief isn’t the only benefit, but it’s certainly one of the most important. According to numerous clinical studies, massage therapy can provide long-lasting relief to patients suffering from low back pain, pain from cancer, chronic tension headaches, and pain from muscle spasms, arthritis, fibromyalgia, and more.

So powerful is the healing effect of massage therapy on pain that many hospitals are beginning to incorporate massage therapists in patient care teams, right alongside doctors, nurses, and nutrition specialists.

How does something as simple and relaxing as a massage soothe pain? Don’t be deceived — medical massage is a widely respected field requiring extensive training in nuanced techniques. Researchers have shown that massage is effective at relieving pain on the cellular level, ‘turning off’ genes associated with inflammation and stimulating the mitochondria responsible for cell growth and energy production. In other words, these techniques produce real results.

As we’ve described, pain relief is not the only benefit of medical massage. Others schedule regular massages because it can:

  • Help with anxiety and depression
  • Promote better sleep, leading to faster healing
  • Strengthen the immune system
  • Improve skin tone
  • Boost mental clarity
  • Help with posture and balance
  • Increase range of motion
  • Promote faster recovery time for overtrained muscles
  • Improve the blood and lymphatic system
  • Decrease scar tissue
  • Improve collagen remodeling

At Lyceum Physical Medicine, it’s our mission to provide patients with treatment approaches that can be sustained over the long term, and that don’t do damage themselves. That’s why our team includes experienced, compassionate massage therapists specializing in a range of medical massage techniques. Our offerings include Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, trigger point massage, and reflexology. To learn the benefits of each, visit our page on our massage therapy services.

Better yet, we’re excited to invite patients to visit our brand new facility at 6062 Ridge Avenue, just a block away from our old facility but a giant leap forward in patient convenience. With more parking and a warm, serene design optimized for patient care, we’re sure you’re going to love coming to Lyceum PM.

Want to schedule an appointment? Call us at (215) 508-5555 or fill out our simple contact form.

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