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Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy

 During a massage therapy the health care professional manipulates the body’s soft tissues, the muscles, connective tissues, tendons and ligaments to induce positive changes in the organism. The basic instruments of massage therapy are human sensation and movement, and the varying degrees of pressure of the hands, fingers, forearms, elbows and feet.

Massages are available almost everywhere from luxury spas and health clubs to clinics, business centers and airports.

Many types of massage therapy benefits exist, but the basic expectation of patients is relaxation, improving blood flow, circulation and relieving muscle stiffness.

Some further common benefits of massage therapy include:

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  • Massage therapy tackles swelling and impaired joint mobility to ensure easy muscle tension and spasms.
  • Stress, anxiety and pain reduction
  • Improves body-awareness
  • Treats insomnia and improves the quality of sleep
  • Releases endorphin
  • Increases immune function

Massage therapy is considered a complementary treatment to physical therapy and various medical procedures. It is offered in every prestigious medical facility worldwide along with standard treatments for a wide array of medical conditions. Massage therapy is recommended by medical specialists to help individuals suffering from conditions including:

  • Stress and pain related to cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Stomach problems
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Nicotine dependence
  • Digestive disorders
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Paresthesias and nerve pain
  • Strains in the soft tissue
  • Sport injuries
  • Temporomandibular joint pain

Types of Massage Therapy

  • Swedish massage – consists of a gentle massage using long strokes, deep circular movements, vibration and taping. The objective is to energize and achieve relaxation.
  • Deep massage – consists of slower and forceful strokes which access deeper layers and connective tissues. It is a common type for muscle injuries.
  • Sports massage – helps prevent and treat injuries in athletes.
  • Trigger point massage – focuses on tight muscle fibers which form after overuse or injuries.
  • Thai massage – involves deep rhythmic pressure movements and the positioning of the recipient in yoga-like positions.
  • Lymphatic massage – stimulates the lymphatic system

Make sure the massage does not cause you neither discomfort nor pain. If any part of the therapy evokes discomfort or alarm, the therapist should be notified immediately and the manipulation must be changed to your convenience.

Risks of inappropriately conducted massages include

  • Bleeding disorders
  • Fractures
  • Vein thrombosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Thrombocytopenia
  • Nerve damage
  • Temporary paralysis
  • Internal bleeding
  • Allergic reactions to oils and lotions used during massage therapy

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