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Massage has many benefits especially with regards to injury management, recovery and rehabilitation.

Osteopathic massage and soft tissue therapy are commonly used techniques at South Eastern Active Health. Massage creates a relaxation response in your body which actually slows your heart, breathing rate and reduces your stress. Studies also show that massage increases the level of endorphins (the feel good chemical in your brain) making you feel relaxed, happier and in less pain.  This response may help mitigate the effects of stress, anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, insomnia, fatigue, and digestive disorders.

Osteopathic massage also generates a physical response. Most people have some stiffness and tension in their muscles especially if they have an injury or are stressed. This can lead to both local and referred pain as well as reducing how well the muscle works.

Massage may help by creating the following positive effects in your body:

  • reduced muscle tension
  • improved circulation
  • stimulation of the lymphatic system
  • relaxation and reduction of stress hormones
  • increased joint mobility and flexibility
  • improved skin tone
  • improved recovery of soft tissue injuries and post exercise soreness
  • heightened mental alertness
  • reduced anxiety and depression


Fritz, Sandra. (2008). Fundamentals of Therapeutic Massage.  St. Louis, MO: Mosby, Inc.

Yates, John. (2004). A Physician’s Guide to Therapeutic Massage, Third Edition. Ontario, Canada: Curties-Overzet Publications, Inc.

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