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Back-to-school doesn't have to be stressful. Early mornings, late night study sessions, heavy book bags, hunching over a laptop, and endless hours of prolonged sitting at a desk can cause tension, stress, and sometimes pain.
Why Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy can help to improve posture and relieve tension and pain in the upper back, neck, shoulders, and lower back due to time spent on your phone and digital devices or sitting for long periods of time. Have you noticed that your shoulders pull forward? Do you get headaches often, or experience neck or back pain?
Massage therapy uses hands-on techniques to manipulate the soft tissues of the body to increase circulation, relieve tension, reduce stress, relieve anxiety, improve sleep, and promote relaxation. Massage is a general term for pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Treatments may range from light stroking to deep pressure. It's generally considered part of integrative medicine.
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For most clients, massage therapy is an important part of specific medical treatment plans to help them return to daily activities. For example, massage therapy is helpful after joint replacement surgery or injury. It can also be used as an effective tool for muscle relaxation and pain relief.
Helpful physical benefits may include:
- Improved circulation
- Decreased muscle stiffness
- Decreased join inflammation
- Better quality of sleep
- Quicker recovery time between workouts
- Less overall pain and soreness
- Strengthened immune system
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Massage therapy also provides several mental health benefits that contribute to an overall sense of wellness and reduced stress.
- Lower stress levels
- Improved relaxation
- Improved mood
- Decreased anxiety
- More energy
- Improved wellness
Massage therapy is safe and effective for people of all ages including students, teachers, or parents. It can be used as a powerful tool to help take charge of your health and wellness, and it can help to lessen the stressors of a new routine.
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Originally founded in 1986, Custom Craftworks supports the vital work of professional manual therapists and educators in the massage therapy and holistic health fields by designing, building and sourcing the best-quality massage tables, chairs, equipment and accessories available. In 2009, the company was acquired by Pivotal Health Solutions based in Watertown, South Dakota.