Massage Therapy

Why is Massage Therapy Important?

Massage is well known for reducing stress and promoting relaxation. A growing body of research shows that massage therapy is effective for relieving and managing chronic and acute pain which is a significant national health problem. According to the National Institute for Health, more than one-third of all Americans will suffer from chronic pain at some point in their lives, and approximately 14 percent of all employees take time off from work due to pain. Increasingly every day, massage therapists are being incorporated into pain management programs of hospitals and health care organizations.

Recent clinical research on the efficacy of massage therapy for pain relief:

  • Massage therapy is more effective for chronic back pain than other complementary therapies.

  • Massage therapy promotes relaxation and alleviates the perception of pain and anxiety in cancer patients.

  • Massage therapy reduces post-traumatic headaches better than cold pack treatments.

  • Massage stimulates the brain to produce endorphins.

How does massage therapy relieve pain?

  • A simple and direct strategy: working from the external, outer mechanisms of pain to the primary, root cause.

  • Focuses on the entire body system and its relationship to soft tissue – not solely on the site of pain.

Benefits of massage therapy for pain relief:

  • Helps patients become more aware of their bodies and the sources of pain.

  • Better familiarizes patients with the pain they experience.

  • Has an impact on the patient by virtue of human touch.

  • Improves confidence by encouraging patients to effectively cope with their pain.

What Types of Massage Therapy Do We Offer?

Asian

Acupressure. Shiatsu. Tui na.

“Most of the Asian techniques rely upon the ancient concept of pressure points within the body. Advocates believe that these spots are key points in energy channels that flow through the body called ‘qi’ meridians. By manipulating these points, blocked energy points can be cleared, improving the overall health of the body and aiding stress and muscle pain relief. Acupressure has existed for more than 5,000 years. The map of the body guides the hands, fingers and elbows to apply pressure to key locations on the body.”

Circulatory

Effleurage. Petrissage. Percussive.

“Also known as Swedish Massage. It is characterized by its firm, yet calming pressure that improves blood circulation, eases muscle tension, and improves flexibility. A Swedish massage therapist will always use massage oils to achieve the smooth, long and deep strokes over their clients body. Strokes are applied in the direction of the heart in order to encourage blood circulation and the disposal of bodily waste.”

Deep Tissue

Compression. Hot Stone. Kneading.

“Deep connective tissue massage therapy is a form of intense massage that aims to release myofascial (connective tissue) restrictions in the body, and to break up any restrictive scar tissue. It has also been known to help relieve chronic tension, to increase the body’s range of motion, to improve posture and to enhance the natural harmony of the entire body and mind. The strokes of this type of massage are slower and more pressure is applied in order warm the muscle tissue and reach the deeper layers of muscle.”

Neuromuscular

Fascial Release. Frictions. Strain/Counter Strain.

“Neuromuscular massage therapy treats muscle spasms. Typically, painful muscle spasms occur when our muscles lack adequate blood flow. When this occurs, lactic acid accumulates in the muscle. Strokes disperse the lactic acid, so the deficient muscle can begin to accept a clean supply of oxygen and blood flow. There may be some discomfort and pain during the massage. This is normal at first, and as more pressure is added to the stroke the muscle spasm will melt away.”

Relaxation

Aromatherapy. Breathing. Stroking.

” A relaxation massage therapy is exactly what the name implies: a massage strictly for the purposes of rest and relaxation. This massage technique is not designed for therapeutic effects or for dealing with chronic pain or discomfort. The massage consists of the therapist applying gentle to medium pressure of the hands to the body, gently manipulating the tissue to promote relaxation. The massage takes place in a quiet, comforting environment.”

Sports

Joint Mobilization. Traction. Trigger Point.

“Sports massage therapy will help release any built up tension and lactic acid in the overworked muscles so that blood and oxygen can return to the muscle and effectively promote muscle repair. If received as part of a sports program, can help an athlete prevent injury due to overuse. Joint mobilization from grade one to grade four is performed to improve mobility in areas that currently have a limited range of motion due to any type of strain, stiffness, tightness, injury, paralysis or chronic pain. Trigger Point therapy addresses referred pain from irritated, overused muscles.”

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+ Quoted from www.massagetherapy101.com

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