Massage Therapy Articles

Nowadays, there are hundreds of articles talking about the benefits of massage – this is a great place to start if your trying to determine if massage will help with your situation.  Still not sure if massage will help you?  Give us a call at 205-394-5900 and we will discuss if we think massage will help you or not.

Generally, if it is muscular, massage will help.  If it is bone related, more than likely you will need a chiropractor, but massage and chiropractic visits usually pair together perfectly.

Please feel free to browse the articles below from amta (American Massage Therapy Association) and then call us for all of your massage needs.



Cardiovascular Health

Exercise Performance and Recovery


Headaches and Migraines

Low-Back Pain

Mental Health


Pain Management





Don’t mask the pain, fix it with massage!

Health issues affect all of us and most people would rather pop a pill or try to forget about it until it strikes again. Massage might not be the first thing to come to your mind as a way to deal with the pain or illness, but the fact is that a majority of medicines do not deal with the root cause of a health problem but rather masks the problem. This is where the benefit of massage therapy can be helpful in fixing the problem rather than covering the symptoms.

Massage can offer multiple benefits that are good for you both mentally and physically. A therapeutic massage offers more than the typical feel good factor, and when done by an experienced massage therapist the results are incredible.

Below are some of the many reasons quoted from different internet websites and are some amazing motives as to why you should come for a therapeutic massage in Hoover AL, from Widdoss Therapeutic Massage.

#1. Helps you lose weight and look good

Massages can help you lose some weight and look good. The soft, gentle strokes by a massage therapist enable the lymphatic system to release toxins from the body, the release of toxins has a firming effect on your body.

Massages helps to increase blood flow in the body, and some specific ones can even help to breathe life into your dull complexion and lackluster hair. Massages are known to be great for those who are looking for ways to tighten their loose skin after weight loss. Keeping in mind, you have to follow a healthy lifestyle too.

#2. Reduces chronic pain

Lots of people complain about shoulder, neck and back aches. Regardless if it is chronic pain due to some illness, incorrect body postures, or cramps from strenuous exercise, a good massage can help ease and release the tight muscles.

Massages bring relief through muscle relaxation, applied pressure and improved circulation. Talking about this, researcher Dan Cherkin, Ph.D., says, “We found that the benefits of a massage are about as strong as those reported for other effective treatments: medications, acupuncture, exercise and yoga.”

#3. Helps relieve depression and stress

It is believed that a good massage can help to relieve stress, tension and anxiety which are often associated with depression. Physical touch boosts the release of happy hormones, endorphin, in the body. It also decreases the levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. When cortisol levels are high, it can disturb your system and lead to depression.

Massage therapy is a wonderful way to regulate these hormones!

#4. Promotes better sleep

The kneading and rubbing of muscles helps to decrease the tension in the body, thus providing relaxation. Massages help in releasing serotonin and endorphins in the body, which affect your sleep positively.

Studies have shown that massage therapy helps to enhance delta waves in the brain, which are known to encourage deep sleep.

#5. Boosts immunity

A massage may be your answer to those common colds and other ailments that strike often. Researchers say that massages increase lymphocytes, a type of white blood cells that prepares your immune system to fight diseases.

A strong immune system keeps you healthy and energetic. Add to this the fact that it curbs depression and stress, giving you all the more reasons to indulge in a massage for the sake of your health.

 #6. Reduces blood pressure

Regular massages can bring about a significant change in the blood pressure readings of people who are diagnosed with hypertension. When blood pressure is lowered, it translates to lower anxiety, depression and stress, and helps stave off kidney failure, stroke and even a heart attack.

#7. Sooths headaches and PMS

Regular massages work wonders for people suffering from migraine and other kinds of headaches. And, if you are one of those who struggle with those awful pre-menstrual symptoms (PMS), this therapy is a great solution to banish them all for good.

Relaxing the muscles through an invigorating massage is a surefire way to do your body and mind a whole lot of good.

If you have never gone for a massage you don’t know what you are missing out on!

Surprising Health Benefits of Massage

It goes without saying that massages feel pretty darn good, whether they’re coming from a trained licensed massage therapist or your significant other. Unfortunately, professional massages come with a hefty price-tag, one that most of us aren’t willing to shell out on a regular basis. But far from being a frivolous luxury reserved for the rich and famous, massages actually come with a litany of proven health benefits. Still not convinced? Read on!

The first, and most well-known, benefit of massage is the relief of muscle tension and, beyond that, injury prevention—which is why elite athletes flock to the massage table in droves. What’s more, massage might boost the immune system, manage chronic pain, and alleviate anxiety and depression. Furthermore, research over the past ten years confirms that massage is also considered the perfect antidote for stress. To that end, and in the right hands (pun intended), the recuperative and pampering powers of massage make it the perfect gift for such special occasions as birthdays, anniversaries—and, of course, Mother’s Day!

Today, massage therapy continues to impact people in positive ways and comes with a raft of research that confirms its ever-expanding role in our overall well-being. Says Nancy Porambo, President of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA): “Professional massage therapy is being increasingly viewed by physicians and their patients as an important component of integrated care. Nearly 9 of 10 American consumers we surveyed believe that massage can be effective in reducing pain. And, a growing body of research continues to validate that.”

According to Dr. Keri Peterson, a board certified internal medicine physician affiliated with New York City’s Lenox Hill Hospital and Mount Sinai Medical Center, “There is more and more clinical evidence that shows that massage therapy can be effective for a variety of health conditions, and massage is rapidly becoming recognized as an important part of health and wellness.” To illustrate the doctor’s point, here are nine additional health and medical benefits that you might not be aware of, and the studies that back them up:

Helps lower back pain. In a study conducted through Group Health Institute and published in the February 2014 edition of Scientific World Journal, researchers investigating whether chronic low-back pain therapy with massage therapy alone was as effective as combining it with non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs, found that patients receiving massage were twice as likely as those receiving usual care to report significant improvements in both their pain and function. Massage patients also reported that they were able to reduce the amount of OTC anti-inflammatory medications they were taking.

Lessens inflammation after exercise. Research through the Buck Institute for Research on Aging and McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, indicated that massage therapy lessens inflammation of skeletal muscles acutely damaged through exercise.

Alleviates the pain of rheumatoid arthritis. Research published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice3 showed that adults with rheumatoid arthritis may feel a decrease in pain, as well as greater grip strength and range of motion in wrists and large upper joints, after receiving regular moderate-pressure massages during a 4-week period.

Relieves the pain of osteoarthritis. Research supported by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) showed that for those with osteoarthritis of the knee, sixty minute sessions of Swedish massage once a week significantly reduced their discomfort.

Improves balance, neurological, and cardiovascular measures in older adults. Research published in the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork found that older adults who receive massage therapy for up to six weeks could benefit from decreased blood pressure and improved stability. This study suggests that regular massage therapy can produce several advantages for the older generation, including a relaxation effect for the entire body, lower blood pressure, decreased stress and improved balance.

Decreases stress in cancer patients. According to research published in BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, massage therapy can have a positive influence on the quality of life of people suffering serious illnesses such as brain cancer. These study results suggest that massage therapy can improve physical as well as emotional well-being in patients with late stage disease. When used in combination with standard care, massage can also help reduce stress, anxiety, pain and fatigue.

Reduces anxiety in cancer patients receiving chemotherapy. Studies published in Applied Nursing Research5, shows that back massage given during chemotherapy can significantly reduce anxiety and acute fatigue. This research demonstrates the potential value of massage therapy within the full cancer treatment spectrum, particularly during the often mentally and physically exhausting chemotherapy process.

Alleviates pain from fibromyalgia. According to the AMTA’s own 2011 study, myofascial release techniques (often called deep tissue massage) improve pain and quality of life in patients with fibromyalgia, a chronic disease characterized by generalized pain, fatigue, and depression.

Reduces burn scars. In a study published in the March issue of the journal Burns, researchers concluded that burn rehabilitation massage therapy was effective in improving the pain, itching, and scar characteristics in hypertrophic scars after a burn.

Now this is news that rubs us the right way!