Understanding Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is the practice of applying different types of pressure or vibrations to the muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons in the body. Widely considered an alternative therapy, it involves specific manipulation of the soft tissues to prevent or alleviate pain and to promote health and well-being.

Therapies can be applied to any part of the body or to the entire body at once, depending on the needs of the patient. Massage therapists typically use a kneading motion with their hands on the affected area, although there are also massage stones and other tools used to achieve the desired remedies.

Who Needs Massage Therapies?

  • People with chronic back pain are often candidates for the treatment

  • Those in need of stress relief

  • Those who have suffered sports related injuries

  • Those suffering from arthritis

  • Athletes who have injured or overused muscles

  • Massage is sometimes used for post surgery rehabilitation

  • Many people choose massage therapy as a form of relaxation and seek out these treatments while on vacation

What are the Benefits of Massage Therapy?

Research done on massage therapy continues to show the broad array of benefits it offers. Here are a few of the well documented benefits:

  • Increased circulation

  • May help reduce blood pressure

  • Reduction and sometimes the elimination of cramping and spasms

  • Better and more complete recovery from strenuous exercise

  • Promotes the release of endorphins, which are the body’s own feel good hormone

  • Alleviation of back pain

  • Increased joint flexibility

  • Some studies suggest that it can help fight off cancer, by increasing the cancer fighting cells in the body

  • Pain relief for migraine sufferers

  • Enhances you skin tone

  • Promotes an increased range of motion for your joints and muscles

Massage is one of the oldest methods of healing. In fact, there are references to it from almost 4,000 years ago. There should be little doubt that it is an enjoyable form of maintaining one’s health. However, regular massages are much more than a mere luxury for those on vacation or at a day spa. It is a tried and true alternative therapy with proven benefits for your healthy living strategy.

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