Massage therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine that is effective in relieving and preventing the symptoms of many different conditions, as well as improving the patient's overall quality of life by promoting relaxation and comfort. This form of treatment is safe, simple and effective for most patients, offering many benefits and little to no risks.
There are several different types of massage therapy, each designed to produce results that target specific symptoms in the affected area. Some of the most common types of massages include:
- Myofascial Releaser, evolved around treating our fascia the living matrix that surrounds and encompass our entire body, including our cells!
- Orthopedic massage, manipulation of soft tissue to reduce pain and dysfunction
- Swedish massage, long strokes, kneading and friction on the targeted muscles
- Deep tissue massage, strokes and deep pressure to relieve tightness
- Trigger point massage, focused pressure on certain trigger points
- Shiatsu massage, rhythmic pressure to stimulate the flow of energy
These are only some of the many types of massage therapy that can be performed.
Massage therapy involves stimulating the soft tissues within the body to increase blood flow and stimulate the healing process. Your massage therapist utilizes specific techniques that will stimulate the response needed for your individual condition. Massages can be used to:
- Release chemicals such as serotonin and endorphins
- Block pain signals
- Reduce stiffness and muscle tension
- Improve breathing by relaxing the diaphragm
- Improve range of motion and flexibility
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Promote circulation and eliminate toxins
- Speed up the healing process for injuries
Massage treatments are recommended on a regular basis in order to maintain the results and keep symptoms under control. Aside from treating specific symptoms, massage therapy is a valuable form of treatment that can improve a patient's overall quality of life.
Massage therapy has been proven effective in improving a wide range of health conditions, aside from those involving the musculoskeletal system, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, injuries and arthritis. Some of these other conditions may include:
- Sleep Apnea and Insomnia
- Circulatory Problems
- Digestive Disorders
In addition to relieving symptoms of these conditions, massage therapy also promotes relaxation and improve energy levels, helping patients feel better overall.
Massage therapy is considered a safe treatment option with minimal side effects or risks. Mild side effects may include temporary pain or discomfort, bruising and swelling. Some patients may experience damaged blood vessels, fever or deep vein thrombosis after massage therapy, but these side effects are extremely rare. Patients who are pregnant, have cancer, or have heart problems should talk to their doctor before undergoing this treatment.