In part one of this two-part blog series, we looked at some of the basic ways massage therapy may help manage the root causes of insomnia and related sleep issues. Such issues may have a few different triggers or causes, and massage therapy is one form of treatment that’s shown success in addressing many of them.
At Body Balance Massage and Float, we offer several different massage therapy techniques that may be ideal for varying different Pleasant Grove patients and needs. What are some of the other root causes of insomnia that massage therapy may help to address and even remedy entirely in some cases? Here are a few to keep in mind if you suffer from this condition.
Research has shown that over half of women who are menopausal report having at least some bouts of insomnia, and many women who are still menstruating also suffer from sleep disturbances. The hormonal changes that take place during perimenopause can lead to difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or getting good-quality sleep.
Massage therapy has been found to be especially beneficial for perimenopausal women. It can help to regulate hormones, improve sleep quality, and ease some of the other symptoms that accompany perimenopause, such as hot flashes and night sweats.
Specific Sleep Disorders
As we noted above, insomnia isn’t even the only sleep disorder that massage therapy may assist with. Other sleep disorders that may be helped by massage include restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea, and narcolepsy.
In particular, massage therapy has been shown to be helpful for people with restless leg syndrome. It can reduce muscle spasms and cramps in the legs, as well as help relieve tension and stress in the body. This can lead to a better overall sleep quality and an increase in the amount of restful sleep people with restless leg syndrome get.
Which Massage Technique is Best?
If you’re suffering from insomnia or any other sleep condition and looking to massage therapy for assistance, which technique is best? There’s no singular answer here, and this will depend on a few factors, but some options include:
- Specific sleep massage: Some massage therapists will offer a technique that’s a combination of scalp massage and Swedish massage, specifically designed to ease people into a deep sleep.
- Swedish massage: This is a common and relaxing type of massage that may help you to fall asleep more easily.
- Deep tissue massage: This type of massage may be especially beneficial if your insomnia is due to muscle pain or tension headaches. It can help to release knots and other tightness in the muscles, leading to a more relaxed state overall.
To learn more about which massage therapy technique may be best for you and your sleep needs, contact Body Balance Massage and Float in Pleasant Grove today. We’ll be happy to discuss your options with you in greater detail.