What Health Benefits Does a Should Massage Provide?

Healthcare providers regularly recommend massages to promote healing from injuries, reduce stress, and relieve pain from cancer. But you may be surprised to learn that massages offer many other health benefits. Here’s a look at all the ways your health can benefit from a shoulder massage, even if you aren’t suffering from a specific injury or other health condition. 

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Massage Therapy Reduces Muscle Tension

The pressure and strokes applied by your massage therapist warm up the temperature of the muscle, stretching and increasing the elasticity of the tissue. Flexible muscles are less likely to sustain injuries. Moreover, because tension can cause pain to radiate to other areas of the body, a shoulder massage, for example, may also help to relax tight, painful muscles in the neck and the back. 

Getting a Massage Can Help You Get Better Sleep

Massages help to relax both the mind and the body. The calming, dim environment in the therapy room is designed to reduce external stimuli. The pulling and stretching techniques used by your massage therapist help to relax the muscles. The overall result is a peaceful and calm feeling, which is helpful for getting enough sleep. While at rest during sleep, our bodies can, therefore, recover from invisible injuries and stave off sickness.

Massages Can Give Your Immune System a Boost

No one likes getting sick. But most people don’t necessarily equate a shoulder massage or Swedish massage with sickness prevention. However, plenty of evidence supports that massages play a helpful role in boosting your immune system.

For example, studies have found that following a massage, levels of lymphocytes, which are essential in defending against disease, were significantly changed. Moreover, following massage therapy, the levels of cytokines (signaling molecules that help regulate inflammation) decreased significantly.

A Massage Can Lower Stress

Stress manifests itself as elevated levels of the hormone cortisol.  A shoulder massage, Swedish massage, or other type of massage helps to lower the level of cortisol in the body. At the same time, a massage promotes the release of serotonin, a hormone neurotransmitter that helps us feel happy.

Shoulder Massage for Injuries, Aches, & Pains

Clearly, a shoulder massage can promote general wellness. But they are also incredibly effective, non-pharmacological treatments for injuries such as tendinitis, shoulder instability, rotator cuff tears, sprains, and strains. Shoulder, back, and neck massage can also help improve posture and reduce aches and pains caused by repetitive use or sitting at a desk all day. Massages have also been known to help those who struggle with pain caused by cancer, migraines, and tension headaches.

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Whether you’re stressed, tired, achy, or injured, About Touch Massage & Acupuncture can help. Our team of licensed and experienced massage therapists and acupuncture providers are among the highest-rated in Lane County. To learn more, call 541-484-3055 or book your appointment online.  


I stumbled upon About Touch on Google. I made an appointment with Sarah. One massage and I was hooked! I cancelled all of my current massages and now see Sarah on a regular basis. I don’t know what I would do without Sarah and her amazing hands & feet!
Incredibly serene massage experience. I felt like a rubber band walking out of here.
Jennifer is wonderful. She’s always very good at finding my sore spots and seems to intuitively know the right amount of pressure to use. I highly recommend her services.
I have gone to About Touch two different times. The office is small yet comfortable. I have low back and hip issues from a previous car accident a couple years ago and both times I went in tight and hurting and came out feeling much better. I would and have highly recommend this place to anyone looking for massage therapy.

Elena is amazing. Not only did her massage work help my back recover from two years of limping on an injured foot, she also gave me resources to help myself. She’s a natural educator who explained the physiology of my back like no other healthcare provider has done. I wouldn’t hesitate to refer others to Elena and About Touch.

I have been going to Jennifer for therapeutic massage for 7 years. I am so glad we found About Touch! Jennifer helped get my husband back to health after he broke his back. We have bought several gift certificates for friends and family. They have all loved to receive a massage as a gift!


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