How Does Massage Therapy Work?
Massage Therapy uses a variety of modalities to affect the body’s soft tissues such as muscles. Rehabilitative and Relaxation massage are the two fundamental types of massage. Within those categories, there are several techniques that a therapist can use. Some people view massage as a relaxing back rub at a spa, but this is not always the case.
Massage Therapy can be used to treat so many conditions.
Just to name a few, massage can increase circulation, decrease pain and inflammation, stimulate acupressure points, increase range of motion, and decrease recovery time from an injury.
Massage Therapy and Chiropractic work so well together because the body’s soft tissues attach to the bones which can affect how a joint moves. Ensuring that the muscles are relaxed and healthy, a chiropractic adjustment can be more effective.
Active Release Massage uses the body’s range of motion to work through any adhesions or spasms that could be causing pain or tension. Cupping can be used for myofasical restrictions, decreasing inflammation and clearing out toxins. Reflexology is another type of massage that uses certain points on the feet and hands to regulate other body systems such as digestion and endocrine balance. Lastly, rolfing aims to lengthen the fascia in order to restore the body’s arrangement around its axis and facilitate improved movement.
Massage is recommended for everyone especially if you are someone who holds stress in tension in your back. We all need more movement to be healthy and massage helps you get there.
Conditions that Massage Can Help:
- Low back pain
- Shoulder pain
- Upper back pain
- Neck Pain
- Recovered sports injury
- Restricted range of motion
- Muscle spasms
- Muscle balance