Although massage therapy isn't often readily associated with allergy relief, it can be very effective at reducing allergy symptoms and making allergy sufferers more comfortable. Massage therapy is an attractive natural alternative for allergy sufferers to medications that can sometimes have undesirable side effects.
The following are a few massage therapy techniques for treating allergies:
- Facial massage- Massage therapists can utilize facial massage techniques that help to promote both drainage of the sinuses and relieve pressure that often builds up around the nose and face in allergy sufferers. This will alleviate allergy symptoms; if practiced regularly, facial massage can even decrease symptoms by keeping passageways open so that sinus buildup doesn't cause discomfort.
- Reducing stress- Studies have shown a clear relationship between stress levels and allergy symptoms rhythmic massaging of the body can relax the patient, lower the patient's heart rate, and lower the patient's blood pressure. All of these factors can help to improve circulation of the blood and thereby prevent the congestion and inflammation that often aggravates or causes allergies. Reducing stress can not only help with allergies, but it can also reduce a patient's chance of experiencing some potentially fatal health conditions like heart disease.
- Reduce congestion by hitting sinus trigger points- On the human body, there are many sinus trigger points that are found in areas that are typically hit by a massage therapist. For example, sinus trigger points are found on the human body on the upper back and on the shoulders. Massaging these sinus trigger points can help to minimize allergy symptoms and reduce congestion in the patient's nasal passages.
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