I am a client at the Nicky Snazell’s Pain Relief Clinic (http://www.painreliefclinic.co.uk), and without Chartered Physiotherapist David Paling, I I’m not sure how I’d keep doing the physical job I do as an ACPAT and RAMP registered Chartered Physiotherapist.
The Pain Relief Clinic sends out a regular newsletter, and I wanted to share with you one of their recent articles, titled “Don’t underestimate the value of massage”.
“In the UK we tend to dismiss massage as nothing other than an indulgent treat, with little therapeutic value. This, however, is completely wrong and there are a lot of studies from all over the world which prove otherwise. The truth is that appropriate massage for your condition can greatly benefit to you.
You might find it interesting, for example, that in Germany, GPs will regularly prescribe a course of massage rather than prescribe drugs. Why would they do that, if not for good reason?
Here are some of the known benefits of massage:
- It eases muscle pain and improves circulation
- It reduces stress
- It counteracts the postural stress resulting from sitting at a desk all day
- It relieves headaches and migraines
- It helps prevent future injury
- It improves sleep
- It reduces blood pressure
- It strengthens the immune system
- It helps anxiety and depression
Given enough space there are plenty more benefits to list. But the evidence is very clear: regular massage has many benefits it’s time to readjust your view on massage and recognise just how much it you could help you.”
If you’re in Staffordshire, you can find out more about the Pain Relief Clinic here: http://www.painreliefclinic.co.uk.
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