Massage therapy

What is massage therapy?

Massage therapy is an ancient technique. It involves manual handling of soft tissues of the body including muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues to embellish health and well-being of a person. Massage therapy is a healthcare profession that helps to ease the discomfort caused by everyday activities, muscular over-use, occupational stresses and chronic pain conditions. Massage therapy involves rubbing, pressing and manipulation of muscles and soft tissues of the body by using hands, fingers, elbows or feet. This therapy is extremely valued for the functional science involved in it.

What are most popular types of massage therapy?

  • Aromatherapy massage
  • Deep tissue massage therapy
  • Hot stone massage therapy
  • Thai massage therapy
  • Shiatsu massage therapy
  • Reflexology massage therapy
  • Pregnancy massage therapy
  • Sports massage therapy

What are the benefits of massage therapy?

Massage is a tremendous way to refresh and relax. It improves circulation and joint mobility. Deliberated as a part of CAM i.e. Complementary and Alternative Medicine, massage is popularly being offered with regular treatments for numerous medical conditions and diseases. Massage therapy is incredibly effective for reducing acute and chronic physical pain. It helps in recovery after injuries and reduces the need for surgeries and pain medications for the long term.

Many studies show that massage therapy is helpful for:

  • Headaches
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Stress related insomnia
  • Sports injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries or strains
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Temporomandibular joint pain
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Hypertension
  • Carpel tunnel
  • Muscle strains and sprains
  • Rotator cuff syndrome
  • Tennis elbow
  • Sciatica
  • Recovery after major surgery

Is massage therapy safe?

A proper and suitable massage brings significant benefits to most people. In the case of incorrect or inappropriate massages, there is a risk of fractures, deep vein thrombosis, severe osteoporosis, bleeding disorders or severe thrombocytopenia. So make sure you are getting massages from a qualified and registered massage therapist to avoid the chances of health risks and to get the best results.