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  • Writer's pictureJames Hurst

5 Signs you need a massage

I'd say most people, especially my existing clients, know that massage therapy feels good and is a healthy reward for our overworked bodies. But, how do you know when you need a massage?

Here's a few scenarios that I think you might relate to.

  1. You feel quite stiff and maybe don’t have the full range of motion you had before. It could be as simple as you not being able to turn your head/neck to cross the road or turn back when reversing your car. Maybe you're struggling to open those top kitchen cabinet doors and can’t lift your arm all the way up. Maybe you're finding it difficult to pop your socks on first thing in the morning. Whatever your case may be, if you have muscular restrictions, massage therapy will most likely help.

  2. You are feeling stressed or anxious: I'd say most of us have a little more stress in our lives than what is probably healthy, especially after the pandemic. One of the best ways to decrease levels of the stress hormones and increase levels of endorphins is to receive a massage. Massage therapy starts working immediately to help you relax.

  3. You have a pain in the neck (or back, or shoulder, or hip…..). Pain is your body’s way of communicating to you that something isn't as it should be. The busier we get or the more distracted we are, the more we tend to ignore our body’s signals. We also sometimes just don't want to acknowledge the pain, it could even be a secondary gain for you (our minds can do incredible things even if it isn't for the best). You ideally don’t want to ignore your pain. Why be in pain when there could be a way out of it? Make an appointment with James Hurst, a qualified massage therapist and they can help relieve your pain.

  4. You are in training: This could be that you're taking part in running races, biking, rowing, and anything else you enjoy doing! It's great that you're challenging your body more but make sure you check in with your massage therapist. There could be small adjustments made to your training to enhance your experience. A decent massage therapist can help keep you active and injury free with advice on mobility and strengthening.

  5. You’ve been getting tension headaches: When the muscles around your shoulders, back and head get tight, headaches can begin. Regular maintenance massage can relieve these tension headaches and help promote movement and mobility. Massage has been known to provide relief for Migraine sufferers too.

Massage therapy equals less pain, improved mobility, better sleep and less stress.

James at BodyTherapy.Health offers massage therapy, in addition to several other physical therapy and rehabilitation services that can help your body. Book your appointment today!

James Hurst providing treatment to a client's painful neck

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