Massage is usually defined as "the systematic manual or mechanical manipulations of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of promoting circulation of the blood and lymph, relaxation of the muscles, myofascia, tendons and ligaments. "Massage can be extremely effective and beneficial in treating chronic pain and stress, restoration of metabolic balance, blood pressure reduction, and many other proven medical benefits.
In adults and children, massage has been shown to lower stress and anxiety while improving sleep and immune function. Massage is being used to boost athletic performance, reduce agitation in Alzheimer's patients and relieve stress at disaster sights.
Studies have shown massage to have positive effects on conditions from colic, hyperactivity, diabetes, and migraines. Massage, it seems, helps asthmatics breathe easier, and boosts immune functions.
Massage may increase the lymph flow rate. It enhances immune function and lower levels of the stress. Massage also stimulates the vegus nerve, one of the major nerves that influence various bodily functions. One branch of the vegus travels to the gastrointestinal tract, where it facilitates the release of food absorbtion hormones like insulin and glucose.
The number of insurance companies covering massage for certain conditions is increasing but remains small. At Carrollwood Family Medical we are happy to work with your insurance coverage. Contact our staff for an appointment.