We tend to ignore our bodies until we’re adults and all the damage from years of abuse has come to a head. We take pills, go to the doctor, and some of us treat our bodies with the massage it needs. Teenagers and children have shown to benefit greatly by massage (where all of our muscle issues really begin). Listed below are areas in which teenagers benefit most from massage.
Athletic Injury Prevention
Most of us are our most athletic when in High School. This is also a time where we are most likely to be injured due to those sports. Sprains, growth plate injuries, repetitive motion injuries, and tendon and muscle injuries are most common to these teens’ growing bodies. Sports massage is especially effective when dealing with repetitive motion injuries. Massage therapists are essential to aid these teenagers in healing injuries sustained from High School sports.
Relieving Teen Stress and Anxiety
We’d like to think kids have it easy, what with all of the technology that is available at their fingertips, but actually, the opposite is true. With the advent of social media, teens these days are not just bullied or stressed out by their peers in the school halls; it follows them everywhere they go via their cell phone. For many of these children, these stresses and anxiety triggers manifest into eating disorders.
“ Studies done at the Touch Research Institute with women who struggle with either anorexia nervosa or bulimia showed that regular massage decreased anxiety levels, increased levels of the feel-good hormone dopamine, and reduced depression scores. Participants in the study also showed better scores on the Eating Disorder Inventory, indicating better body awareness. While counseling is obviously of paramount importance, massage therapy can be a powerful adjunct to other forms of treatment for eating disorders. It’s just another example of how teenagers benefit from massage.” (source: www.massageprofessionalsjacksonhole.com)
Menstrual Pain Relief
For women, the menstrual cycle is at its most erratic during her teen years. These irregular cycles cause irregular pre-menstrual symptoms along with swinging cramp pains that go from intense to unbearable. Massage has been proven to help with pain anxiety and feelings of depression. All of these are related to PMS along with water retention.
Not only will a teen girl benefit from a consistent massage regimen, she can also learn self-massage techniques to use when a visit to the massage therapist isn’t feasible.
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