If you've made a resolution to take better care of your body in 2016, kick things off on the right foot by scheduling an appointment with a local massage therapist. Relief from stress, headaches and physical pain are three common reasons to seek the care of a massage therapist, but there are a multitude of other issues that this health professional can positively treat. If you have an ailment that you believe massage could benefit, it's worthwhile to call your local clinic, talk a massage therapist about the issue and schedule an appointment. If you're not sure of the issues to which you can find relief, here are three to keep in mind.

Compromised Immune System

Many people suffer from compromised immune systems that result in them getting sick repeatedly throughout the year, and especially during cold and flu season. If this situation describes you, a visit to your massage therapist can help. Massage therapy can strengthen your body's immune system by boosting your production of the cells that fight disease and infection. Massage is also an effective way to reduce stress and promote relaxation, which is ideal given that prolonged periods of high stress can release hormones that, over time, compromise your immune system.

Frequent Headaches

A headache can drastically diminish your quality of life, even for a few hours. If you suffer from this common issue with considerable frequency, you might feel miserable a significant percentage of the time. The hands of your massage therapist can help to reduce your headache and prevent future occurrences from happening. The therapist will work to loosen tight muscles that are causing pain, pinching a nerve or pulling on your spine awkwardly. Tight muscles are frequently associated with headache pain, but through massage, it's often possible to experience a reduction in this pain and enjoy a better quality of life.

Restless Sleeping

If you have difficulty enjoying a restful sleep, professional massage therapy might be the right answer. Massage therapy is a viable way to promote physical and emotional relaxation; when your body is physically sore or your mind is busy, especially due to stress, you'll often have trouble falling asleep and may also wake up frequently throughout the night. Getting a massage helps your body produce serotonin, which is a hormone that is integral to restful sleeping. Additionally, massages can help your body shift more easily into its natural deep-sleep phase.