Massage Therapy for Insomnia

Causes of Insomnia

Insomnia is a symptom that comes along with several health problem. A person may have difficulties falling asleep or staying asleep even though the opportunity to do so is present. Since it is a symptom, it is important to determine the origin of it’s cause. For some, it can be due to stress and anxiety. When trying to fall asleep, they are unable to switch off the brains and feel troubled by worries. They can start to panic, get heart palpitation and have a hard time taking deep full breaths with ease. Pretty hard to fall asleep when you feel like this. For others, it can be due to physical pain. Their aching body may not allow them to stay in one comfortable position long enough for them to fall asleep causing them to toss and turn throughout the entire night. Another source for insomnia can originate from indigestion. It has been noted that a lot of people with irritable bowl syndrome often have insomnia. More common problems like heartburn could also keep them from catching some z’s since it can cause a lot of discomfort. When we look at the person as a whole, we can often find all these linking together. Head stresses can cause stomach problems and tired achy muscles, physical pain can stress us out affecting our stomachs, indigestion can tire our minds taking away energy to deal with physical pain and so on and so forth. We can get stuck in a viscous circle where this keeps us from sleeping at a moment where we need the rest and repair benefits the most.

How Massage can Help

If you choose to go for a massage to help with your insomnia it is very important to discuss with the therapist the source of your insomnia. This will be done at the beginning of the treatment when opening the file. If you have determined that the cause is stress, then the therapist will be able to proceed with a relaxation massage calming your mind, slowing down your breathing and heart rate. If the reason is physical pain then they can give a more therapeutic massage to alleviate the discomforts. In this case, the massage will rid the muscles of tension, reduce inflammation, ease joint pain while increasing blood and lymph so that nutrients are brought to the cells and tissue damage can be repaired. For most digestive problems a stomach massage can be added to the treatment to relax indigestion and the calming effects will also soothe many stomach ailments. The general well being effects massage has to offers can help with a variety of problems and once we take care of these our sleep patterns are improved giving us more energy to stay healthy and avoid that these problems come back.

Massage is simply a good resource for us to get back on track with good sleep and to improve our health and well being. If you suffer from restless nights, it should be considered.

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~ by 1bizzybee on March 23, 2010.

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