Massage therapy is an excellent method for improving overall health and musculoskeletal efficiency. It is a natural conservative treatment that relieves pain for many patients. Massage therapy provides a host of benefits including:
• Improved blood circulation
• Reduced swelling
• Relaxed muscles
• Muscle pain and spasm relief
• Improved range of motion
Massage therapy is also effective at helping patients reduce stress and anxiety, which experts believe accounts for 80-90% of disease. Massage therapists typically use their hands and fingers to press, rub and manipulate your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Some therapists may also use their forearms, elbows and even feet. Massage may range from light stroking to deep pressure techniques.
Massage therapy and chiropractic treatments have been used to successfully treat conditions such as back pain, osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. “…moderate pressure to muscles and soft tissues stimulates a cascade of biological effects,” explains Tiffany Field, PhD, director of the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Field says, “We are finding that moderate pressure is essential for any of the effects we see from massage.”
The beneficial effects of massage will be further documented as studies continue to reveal the link between kinesiology and physical and emotional health. However, it takes just one good massage for someone to appreciate the benefits to the body and soul. Some people enjoy massage because it often involves caring, comfort, a sense of empowerment and creating deep connections with their massage therapist.
Massage treatments can help patients reduce the overall recovery time by helping the body in the healing process. Massage helps remove toxins that can build up in the muscles of the body. It can also increase circulation and flexibility in the muscles and the body’s connective tissue. In addition, consistent massage has been known to increase balance.
Begin your journey towards health, recovery and well-being today!