Hello, and welcome back to our blog. Last time, we looked at some common habits that can contribute to sleep disturbances which can affect your overall health, wellness, and ability to heal from an injury. While sleep is something we all need to function — mentally, physically, and emotionally — it is something we don’t always get enough of. Whether you have difficulty falling asleep due to stress, or you wake up in the middle of the night because you’re in pain, there are many factors that contribute to poor sleep. There are, however, effective treatments that can not only address the causes of your sleepless nights, but can also improve your ability to fall asleep, and stay asleep, so that you get the good quality sleep you need and deserve. As your Top Rated Local® wellness center, we at Hopkins Health and Wellness Center provide massage therapy in Woodbury to relieve your pain, ease your stress, and help you find relaxation. Below are three benefits of massage therapy for improving your sleep patterns.

Stress Relief

Massage therapy is an effective alternative therapy for relieving stress and anxiety. The healing touch of a massage therapist stimulates circulation while also lowering the heart rate and blood pressure that can be heightened due to stress. Massage therapy also focuses on calming the mind. When you are under a lot of stress, the body responds by releasing the stress hormone, cortisol, that contributes to other symptoms that can cause sleeplessness, including digestive issues and headaches. Massage therapy can reduce cortisol levels while also improving mood and reducing stress levels.  

Eases Pain

When you’re injured and in pain, sleep is what your body needs. However, pain is also the reason why you may not be sleeping. On top of suffering an injury, stress can cause the muscles in your head, neck, shoulders, and back to tighten which contributes to pain, soreness, and stiffness. All of these symptoms can make it hard for you to find a comfortable sleeping position, which can either keep you awake, tossing and turning, or can wake you up in the middle of the night. Massage therapy treatments can relieve pain caused by tense muscles and inflammation while increasing flexibility. Massage promotes circulation, flushing toxins from the muscles and replenishing them with oxygen and nutrients that assist in the body’s natural ability to heal from pain and injuries.

Promotes Relaxation

One of the biggest contributors to sleep interruptions is a person’s inability to relax their mind and body. Learning to relax is one of the best things a person can do to improve their sleep. During a Swedish massage, a practitioner applies a soothing touch and gentle gliding hand techniques to encourage relaxation that can lower the heart rate and blood pressure. What’s more, a calming massage also reduces muscle tension caused by stress. The lasting effects of a relaxing massage can help you find comfort and stillness so that you can fall asleep and even stay asleep.

Schedule a Massage

Sleeplessness can affect your mental, physical, and emotional health and wellness, making it challenging for you to effectively accomplish your daily goals. If you’re having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep because of stress, pain, an injury, or the inability to relax, call us at Hopkins Health and Wellness Center. We offer effective massage therapy in Woodbury that can reduce stress, relieve pain, encourage relaxation which may improve your sleep. At our wellness center, we focus on whole body health by taking a holistic approach by collaborating as a team of DMR Method providers to optimize your overall health and wellness, so you can feel better. Give us a call today and let us help you along your path to wellness.