Massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being! If you've never tried massage, learn about its possible health benefits and what to expect during a massage therapy session.
What is massage?
Massage is a general term for pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Massage may range from light stroking to deep pressure.
There are many different types of massage, including these common types:
This is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you. This technique is normally used by our therapists to warm up the superficial muscles before getting into the deeper muscles.
This massage technique uses slower, more-engaged strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries.
This massage incorporates both massage and stretching, but it's geared toward people who are active to help prevent or treat injuries. Our therapists will customize this massage to fit your individual needs.
Trigger Point Massage:
This massage focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse. A trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. A trigger point in the back, for example, may produce referral pain in the neck. The neck, now acting as a satellite trigger point, may then cause pain in the head. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache.
Benefits of massage Therapy
Massage is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. It's increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations.
Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.
While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia related to stress
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
- Temporomandibular joint pain
Some forms of massage can leave you feeling a bit sore the next day, this is normal. But massage shouldn't ordinarily be painful or uncomfortable. If any part of your massage doesn't feel right or is uncomfortable, speak up right away. The soreness is due to moving around the joints and muscles that may not have moved in awhile.
Make sure you are icing the area that the doctor or therapist worked on, it will help with the imflammation and healing process. Our doctors recommend icing for 15-20 minutes on, 40-60 off OR if you have an ice pack you can wear (like our velcro ice pack), you can wear that for a few hours while still doing normal activities. Repeating a few times a day is ideal.
We also recommend drinking an extra cup or two of water to help flush out toxins that might have been released with the therapy.
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Credits: Mayo Clinic