Updated: Jul 28
Massage therapy is a popular treatment for pain. Whether you have chronic back pain, migraines, or just want to relax after a stressful day, massage therapy can help relieve tension and promote well-being. The benefits of massage therapy are often touted by spas and health clubs as well as medical professionals who specialize in alternative medicine. But what exactly is massage therapy? How does it work? And why should you consider trying it if you're in pain? In this guide we'll explore what exactly massage therapy is and how it works—along with the potential benefits of receiving this treatment regularly if your body isn't working properly or feeling its best.
Neuromuscular massage uses a variety of techniques and strokes to address muscle tension, improve circulation, and relieve pain. It's also used for many other conditions that may be helped by a gentle touch. When you receive neuromuscular massage, your therapist will use a combination of pressure and movements that are specific to you in order to help relax the muscles in your back or neck.
Neuromuscular massage is sometimes referred to as Swedish massage; however, neuromuscular massage can include deep tissue work as well as stretching.
Deep tissue massage therapy
Deep tissue massage therapy is a type of manual therapy that uses deep pressure to treat muscular injuries and chronic tightness. It is the most effective treatment for tense, contracted muscles due to its ability to stretch out scar tissue and break down adhesions (knots).
Deep tissue massage focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, which also helps reduce tension in overlying muscles. This can relieve pain as well as provide long-term benefits by releasing endorphins—natural chemicals in the body that can aid in reducing anxiety and lifting mood. These endorphins can also help you relax more deeply during sleep, leading to better restorative sleep cycles at night.
Benefits of massage
Massage therapy can help reduce stress, promote relaxation and ease pain.
It is beneficial for improving circulation, flexibility and sleep quality. Massage may even help improve athletic performance. Studies have shown that massage can relieve stress and anxiety. Massage also has been associated with improvements in pain management for those suffering from arthritis or fibromyalgia. Other benefits can include: reducing blood pressure, and relieving muscle tension.
Given the fact that massage therapy is becoming more popular, research on its efficacy is likely to continue to grow. It’s clear that more research is needed to fully understand the effects of massage therapy, but there are already several promising results. While it may be some time before we are able to say exactly why massage therapy has these benefits, we can already see how useful this treatment can be for people with chronic pain or muscle tension. As more studies come out, we will keep you updated on what we learn about this ancient practice that is becoming so popular today!
-Judy Schroeder, LMT
-Paul Merada, LMT
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