Massage Therapy: More than Relaxation

Experts: massage therapy ‘is a wonderful tool for managing pain and many conditions’

By Sol Nunez-Torres and Lynda Rohlfs

How many times have you laid awake at night physically uncomfortable or unable to turn off your mind so that you can sleep?

If this sounds like something you or someone you know is going through, did you know that there is help? This help is oftentimes one of the last things a person turns to for relief, if they think of it at all — and that is massage therapy.

Most people are familiar with massage therapy as a tool for relaxation, and a great tool it is. Massage therapy for relaxation has the benefit of reducing stress hormones, anxiety and muscle tension, and improving circulation. As you may imagine, relief from these stressors feels wonderful and promotes a better night’s rest, but that is not all.

What most people do not realize is that massage therapy is a wonderful tool for managing pain and many conditions.

Massage therapy is used to manage low back and fibromyalgia pain, tension headaches and migraine frequency, and decrease pain from rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. It also eases carpal tunnel related symptoms by reducing inflammation, pain and numbness. Visit and see here to know more other remedies to treat your pain.

Post-operatively, massage therapy also assists in the healing process by stimulating the lymphatic system, aiding in joint mobility and flexibility as well as recovery of soft tissue (from surgery or injury).

Lastly, but certainly not least, from a mental health perspective, massage therapy is used to alleviate depression, seasonal affective disorder, anxiety disorder and psychological stress.

Whew! We hope your interest has been piqued and we encourage you to discover how massage therapy can play an active role in your pain management and self-care regimen.

Per New York state guidelines, massage therapists are required to observe PPE and disinfection protocol. Massage therapy is safe to receive and we urge you to reach out to your therapist with any questions.

Remember, massage therapists have your back.

Photo: Lynda Rohlfs and Sol Nunez-Torres are licensed massage therapists and operate InTune Therapeutics, located at 1732 E Ridge Road, lower level, Irondequoit. Reach them at 585-434-0523 or at For more information, visit