A Healing Therapy
Massage therapy, as the name suggests, is the massaging or manipulation of the muscles, tissues and ligaments of the body. This therapy is a great way to heal the body by assisting recovery from injuries or illness and reduce emotional stress. It is not known how massage therapy can benefit our skeletal structure, the noted exception being when the massage therapist is able to correctly realign the back and spine by proper manipulation of the muscles surrounding it.
Massage therapy can be of different kinds, such as trigger point massage, sports massage, deep tissue massage, Swedish massage, prenatal massage, Thai yoga massage or Keralian massage. However, they all involve some form of muscle manipulation, rubbing and pressing of ligaments, tendons and the skin to bring about complete relaxation and tranquility.
Did you know that massage therapy’s healing effects have been recognized for almost 4000 years and that Hippocrates, the “father of medicine”, promoted it back in the 4th Century BC? Now you know!
There are many benefits attributed to massage therapy, here are the main ones:
The beauty of therapeutic massage is that it allows for all of the above regardless of your situation. Whether you’re recovering from a sports or motor vehicle injury, suffer from chronic pain or need relief from anxiety or depression, massage therapy can be of benefit to you.
Massage therapy brings relaxation, rejuvenation, care and calming comfort. Not only does a massage invigorate and recharge your mind and body, it also helps alleviate many pain symptoms, and treats certain medical conditions.
Massage therapy has many proven benefits and has been shown to help with certain conditions such as temporomandibular joint pain, sports injuries, injuries of soft tissue or soft tissue strains, nerve pain, paraesthesia, myofascial pain syndrome, stress, insomnia, headaches, fibromyalgia, digestive disorders and anxiety.
Stress, anxiety and pressure are a part of the modern world. A good massage session can help you cope with stress by minimizing your fatigue and anxiety, increasing blood circulation, improving your concentration, enhancing the quality of your sleep and providing you with greater energy.
Massages can relieve the pain of migraine and soften/relax overused, tired and injured muscles. After a relaxing massage session, amino acids known as endorphins are released into the body. These act as natural painkillers and help you feel better.
Massages minimize cramping, spasms, swelling and post-surgery adhesions. They also allow stretch marks, scar tissues and tissue regeneration. A massage can help you deal with anxiety and depression in an effective manner and improves the quality of your skin.
Blood circulation is improved through the pumping of nutrients and oxygen into vital organs and tissues. Massages increase the flexibility of joints and can help those suffering from joint pains, rheumatoid arthritis and sports related injuries. You can stretch and exercise atrophied, tight or weak muscles with a massage.
Massages can decrease your dependence on medicines, improve your motion range and alleviate many kinds of pain including low back pain. Expectant mothers can benefit from massages as they ease labour pain and make labour shorter. They can also reduce your post pregnancy recovery period and maternity stay at the hospital.
Massages are known to improve lymphatic drainage functions and can also stimulate the flow of lymph which is otherwise known as the natural defense system of your body. This boosts immunity levels and keeps diseases at bay. Athletes and sportspersons, recovering from injuries, often take the help of massages to regain their lost fitness and agility.
Massage therapy can also reduce water retention during the premenstrual phase and ease menstrual cramps. It also reduces the pain, stiffness and aches suffered by arthritis patients.
Massage therapy also has benefits on a person’s emotional and mental well-being. Being able to come out of a massage therapy session free of pain is a great sensation and it reduces stress and anxiety in a person’s life, which can go a long way towards restoring mental stability. Massage therapy can also help those who suffer from chronic migraines and headaches.
This therapy can help speed up recovery from an injury since it increases oxygen and blood flow to weakened muscles. This allows the muscles to return to its normal condition much faster. Massage therapy can also be used to stimulate specific nerve endings the same way. It can have a positive effect because it helps increase circulation to the muscles by helping to widen the blood vessels themselves.
One thing that massage therapy is often mistaken for is strength exercises. It does nothing to make any of the muscles stronger, but do make them more ready and able to do their jobs by helping to increase the oxygen and circulation to those areas. This is not the same as actual strength; it just makes getting stronger an easier thing to do.
Massage therapy is often most effective when it is a part of an overall treatment plan. A doctor may still prescribe medication or surgery, while at the same time setting the patient up with a massage therapist. Massage is very beneficial to people who are trying to recover from surgery. This therapy has a lot of benefits when it is performed correctly. A therapist should always be careful what nerves they press on, they could cause undue pain and in extreme circumstances paralysis.
The benefits are far more than the risks. If the massage therapy is done correctly, there should be little to no risk at all. Massage therapy can also have many benefits to an uninjured person or simply to one in need of therapy. A good therapist can change a person’s entire outlook on the day, with just thirty minutes of careful muscle work.
Our friendly registered massage therapists here at Ottawa-Carleton Physiotherapy Center are well trained and will create a therapy that will meet your particular needs. Call Toni Azzi today for a free consultation. The parking is free and our service is second to none.