Health, Wellness and Massage Therapy
Health and wellness is a topic of concern to everyone. Even if you don’t have an issue right NOW, chances are excellent you will at some point in your future.
Massage therapy as a part of the healing and recovery process from injuries or conditions can have a startling impact on your long term success.
Historically, massage therapy has been considered as a “feel good” option in the medical sciences. New research done by the Mayo Clinic suggests otherwise.
An article published by the Mayo Clinic says, in part:
“Massage is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. It’s increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations.
Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.
While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia related to stress
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
- Temporomandibular joint pain
Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort and connection.
Despite its benefits, massage isn’t meant as a replacement for regular medical care. Let your doctor know you’re trying massage and be sure to follow any standard treatment plans you have.”
What IS Massage?
“Massage is a general term for pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Massage may range from light stroking to deep pressure.”
There are also different types of massage for various needs. Below are a few of the methods and modalities.
- Swedish massage.This is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you.
- Deep massage. This massage technique uses slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries.
- Sports massage. This is similar to Swedish massage, but it’s geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries.
- Trigger point massage. This massage focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse.
You may notice that one of the areas identified in the methods described above is prevention. Prevention is a subject we return to often in our articles. We do this because it has become increasingly apparent that it is an important part of our overall health. It isn’t enough anymore to seek treatment after we have been hurt. We have a responsibility to keep our bodies and systems in their best possible condition in order to keep from more serious injuries happening. Will this prevent injuries from accidents? Perhaps not. But it could shorten your recovery time and improve the outcome. For athletes casual and professional, it absolutely can improve performance and stability. And who doesn’t want the edge over the competition?
Knowledge is Power
Your health is your business. You invest in your business, don’t you?
You have information at your fingertips in this article to make a change today. Conveniently for you, the experts at Applied Physical Medicine and Tygiel Physical Therapy now have a licensed massage therapist on staff. Lylah has the experience and the training you are looking for in a healthcare professional. Consider massage as a part of your overall recovery and improvement in function. Think about the possibility of moving with less discomfort. Your stress levels may plummet and you might find that your energy levels increase by making this a part of your healthcare journey. Don’t believe me? Try it. Give it a month, weekly sessions, then tell me in the comments what your experience has been. I am genuinely interested to hear what you have to say.
Call today to set up your weekly sessions. Let’s talk again in a month or two.
(many thanks to the Mayo Clinic for information shared in this article.)