Does your upper back, shoulders, and neck feel stiff or sore? Do you get frequent headaches brought on by stress or anxiety? Do you find it hard to sit comfortably while watching TV or eating dinner? If any of these apply to you, then you could benefit from massage therapy.
What Is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is the process of manipulation used to massage your soft tissues and muscles to help improve their functioning. When soft tissues and muscles are functioning correctly, you feel better, have more energy and your immune system is stronger.
The actual type of massage used can vary depending on the area of the body being treated. It can involve applying a varying degree of pressure, holding in place, and various movements.
What Conditions Can Massage Therapy Be Used For?
- Tension Headaches
- Neck Pain
- Should Pain
- Upper Back Pain
- Lower Back Pain
- Muscle Soreness
- Soft Tissue Soreness
- Muscle and Soft Tissue Injuries
- Chronic Conditions (Fibromyalgia, Arthritis, etc.)
Please remember this is just a partial list of the various conditions where massage therapy can be used as part of your treatment plan.
The Benefits of Massage Therapy
One of the primary benefits of massage therapy is to help alleviate pain and discomfort. Many people report a sensation of calmness and feeling very relaxed after receiving massage therapy. This is the result of the brain releasing endorphins during massage therapy. At the same time, other chemicals in the body that cause tension, stress, and so on, are reduced.
Other benefits of regular massage therapy treatments include:
- Lowered Stress Levels
- Lowed Anxiety Levels
- Improved Immune Response
- Stronger Immune System
- Faster Healing of Injuries
- Reduced Muscle and Soft Tissue Tension
- Increased Mental Focus and Acuity
- Better Circulatory System Functioning
- A Sense of Calmness
- Deeper Sleep Cycles
- Improved Overall Health and Well-Being
- Increased Energy Levels
As you can see, massage therapy offers many benefits when you receive regular treatments. In addition to these benefits, the use of massage therapy is an effective form of treatment that can be used as part of pain management treatment plans since massage helps reduce the severity of the pain and discomfort.
What Type of Massage Therapy Is Best?
There are several different types of massage therapies that can be used and are based on your treatment plan. For example, reflexology is one type of massage therapy that focuses on reflex points within the body.
Another type of massage therapy is called therapeutic massage. This type is the one you may be most familiar with since it is used for relaxation. It is also used when someone has problems with the circulatory system functioning.
These are just two of the different types of massage therapy that could be prescribed by a chiropractor or physiotherapist. To discover the benefits of massage therapy, please feel free to contact Physiotherapy First at 905-796-6662 today!
September 23, 2020
BY: Ravinder Kaur Sidhu
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