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Posted on: January 16, 2015

When getting a massage, you may notice that your massage therapist examines your nails thoroughly. There are actually good health reasons for doing this. In many ways, your nails are the barometer of your body's health. Certain health conditions can be identified by changes in nails before any other symptoms appear.

Nail Health and Disease

Your fingernails and toenails indicate the overall health of your body. When getting a manicure or pedicure, you may have noticed that your nails chip or peel easily for example. This can be a sign that your body is deficient in protein or other nutrients. Some people notice thickening of the nails. This can indicate poor circulation. Ridges in the nail can indicate a thyroid problem. These are just a few of the many health issues that first show symptoms in the nails. Because many health issues show up first in the nails, a massage therapist will examine your nails carefully. Most diseases and other issues are treatable and even reversible in the early stages.

How Massage Can Help

Massage therapy improves whole body health, which can definitely have an effect on nail health and beauty. For instance, massage improves circulation throughout the entire body. This brings more oxygen and nutrients to the nails, improving nail strength and reducing chipping. Massage therapy is also an important adjunct therapy for heart disease, lung disease, hyperthyroidism, and other medical issues that affect the nails. Treating the underlying cause of a nail problem is the best way to restore healthy and attractive fingernails. A trained massage therapist will notice all of the details of your body, but pay especially close attention to your nails. Nails are not just an important part of your appearance, but a way of determining whether your body and organs are working correctly.

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