Healing Techniques for Massage Therapy in Garden City, MI
While most people view massage therapy merely as a means of achieving relaxation, it can also be an effective way of healing the body and mind. There are several kinds of massage therapy, but we can classify them into two basic categories: relaxation massage and therapeutic massage.
A relaxation massage is meant for leisure and is usually performed in a spa. A therapeutic massage rehabilitates certain body parts from injuries and is practiced in hospitals, clinics, and chiropractic offices.
The Healing Wonders of Touch
Mundane activities, such as driving, sitting for long hours, or improper posture can all lead to muscle tension and chronic pain. You may also be suffering from insomnia, anxiety, depression, flu, or colds that won’t go away. Therapeutic massage can provide relief from all these imbalances in your body. A chiropractor knows several healing techniques for massage therapy.
Some of these techniques include trigger-point therapy, craniosacral therapy, deep tissue massage, myofascial release, reflexology, and manual lymphatic drainage.
A trigger point is an area of tightly contracted muscle tissues, or what is commonly referred to as “knots.” Trigger points are found all over the body but those mostly impacted are found in the shoulders and upper back. Massage can disrupt these trigger points by forcing apart the tightly contracted muscle cells. When these cells relax, muscle tension dissipates.
This type of therapy is gentle enough for infants and the elderly. It uses a light touch to stimulate restrictions in the tissues surrounding the spinal column, the sacrum, and the cranial bones. It is an effective treatment for the entire musculoskeletal structure.
Deep Tissue Massage
People suffering from chronic pain in a specific body part can benefit most from a deep tissue massage. To perform this type of massage, the therapist uses a finger, thumb, or elbow to target tissues deep below the skin’s surface. This targeting of deep tissues minimizes knots, releases tension, and mobilizes fluids within the muscle tissue.
Fascia is a thin, tough, and elastic type of connective tissue that wraps most structures within the human body, including muscle. Pain and muscle tension develop when this soft tissue becomes restricted due to inactivity, overuse, trauma, or infection. A light and sustained pressure is applied to these restrictions, allowing the muscles to relax and stimulating their stretch reflex.
Pressure points located on the outer ears, hands, and feet are believed to be connected to other, less-accessible parts of the body. They are stimulated when alternating pressure is applied to these points.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
The lymph system carries toxins and waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart. The flow of lymph fluid through the system depends on the movement of the skeletal muscles and the natural contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the lymph vessel walls. When the lymph is infected or clogged, the flow becomes restricted and can affect bodily functions. Manual lymphatic drainage uses rhythmic, gentle strokes and a very light amount of pressure (less than nine ounces per square inch) to stimulate lymph flow.
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