Massage therapy is an important part of a holistic approach to healing, as well as an enjoyable way to relax. Tight muscles in one area of the body can lead to other chronic conditions in areas of the body where there has previously been no pain or injury.
Through massage, chiropractors can assess the patient’s needs by manipulating the soft tissue of the body to find sources of tension and pain and determine the cause. Not only does massage relax the muscles around an injured area, and improve blood flow, but it can contribute to faster healing times for muscular injuries, and prepare the body for other therapies that may also be beneficial.
What is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy covers a range of touch-based therapies for soft tissue rehabilitation. Massage works by gently manipulating the soft tissues around the affected area to relieve pain, improve circulation, and relax muscles,
There are many different forms of massage therapy, some include:
- Deep Tissue Massage: a targeted therapy aimed at relieving tension in the deepest layer of muscles. This is achieved through intense pressure and strokes which travel across the grain of the muscle.
- Myofascial Release: unlike traditional massage therapies, myofascial release focuses on the connective tissue (fascia). Gentle, prolonged pressure is applied to the fascia, which lengthens the fascia, and assists in releasing tension.
- Trigger Point Therapy: is specifically designed to alleviate pain in areas of the body that may be causing pain in a different area of the body. This is achieved by locating the source of the pain, and applying cycles of pressure and release, accompanied by deep breathing by the patient.
There are also many other forms of massage that can be used depending on the patient’s needs which will be assessed prior to commencing treatment.
What Conditions Does It Treat?
Massage therapy is an effective treatment for a range of conditions, and is often used as a diagnostic tool by practitioners to assess the source of an injury, or to prepare the patient for other treatments.
Massage is most effective for sports injuries, back and neck pain, chronic headaches, as well as repetitive stress injuries. But it can also be used for other muscular-skeletal injuries to improve range of motion and flexibility, post-treatment to speed up healing times through improved blood flow, and even for relieving fatigue in conditions such as Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
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