43% of Adult Americans who recieve at least one PT massage yearly do it for health reasons such as back pain, soreness, stiffness, skin conditions, among other complications, according to Amtamassage. While chronic skin conditions typically are not curable, they can be managed using drugs, making better lifestyle choices, and physiotherapy.
There are a range of physiotherapy techniques that affects the skin positively, thereby preventing or alleviating the severity of conditions such as acne, dermatitis, among others. These techniques include myofascial releases, deep transverse frictions and longitudinal gliding. Here is a look at how going for massage regularly can help improve the health of your skin.
Massage increases circulation of blood
When an inadequate amount of blood flows in the skin tissues, it may appear pale or blue, and if blood is leaking from capillaries, some body parts such as nose and ears may appear purple, as noted by. Similarly, Stasis Dermatitis is a kind of Eczema, a skin disorder that occurs in people who have varicose veins, which is caused by poor circulation of blood. This condition concentrates on the lower legs, and studies show that 20% of people over 70 have it. The pressure exerted during longitudinal gliding and kneading loosens muscles below the skin and moves blood through congested areas, thereby facilitating blood flow. As the nutrient-rich blood circulates with more ease, it nourishes the skin cells, thus preventing the occurrence of the conditions mentioned above. Besides, increased blood flow will cure fatigue, promote digestion, and improve alertness.
Massage exfoliates the skin and removes impurities
Dead skin cells cause pimples to sprout when they mix with the oil from hair follicles, as discussed by American Academy of Dermatology. Also, when the skin fails to shed dead cells, they accumulate in patches on the surface of the skin, causing Ichthyosis Vulgaris, commonly known as the scale disease. Massages help to mitigate the occurrence of this condition by preventing the buildup of dead cells. Exfoliation also improves the texture and overall health of your skin through lightening pores. It promotes sweating, which removes uric acid among other unhealthy toxins from the bloodstream. As a result, your skin glows, making it look more vibrant and youthful.
Moisturizes and softens the skin
Dry skin mostly affects people during winter months when the skin is exposed to the colder temperature and lower levels of air moisture, as noted by Medical News Today. While using moisturizer is often enough to soothe the dry patches, some people experience chronic dry skin characterized by cracking and itching and may sometimes develop dermatitis. With the right oil and technique, such as the trigger point therapy, your skin will become nourished, hydrated, and smooth, significantly reducing chances of dry skin. Moisturizing the skin through massage enables it to absorb nutrients more efficiently, making it softer and improving its texture.
The skin forms the largest organ in the body, and you should take care of it. Massage, in general, is excellent for the skin, as emphasized by the Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute. It helps to prevent and treat common conditions by promoting exfoliation, blood circulation, and reducing toxins build up. Besides, regular massage will also help you in other ways, such as lowering blood pressure and promoting mental health.