Massage is a word that is typically associated with relaxation and a calming massage in a spa like setting. In recent years, massage has started to grow in the medical and physical therapy fields. What’s often overlooked is that massage can have medical benefits as well. Therapeutic, also known as medical massage, can be used to provide pain relief in muscles and other connective tissue. Through pain relief and reduction, your overall quality of life will be improved and you will be able to live pain free.
Therapeutic massage is a massage with the purpose of healing pain in the muscles and soft tissues. This type of massage focuses on areas such as muscles, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments throughout the body. These methods can correct posture to loosen tight muscles. Through techniques like deep tissues massage, stretching, and muscles energy, pain in these areas can be relieved and erased. Living pain free will provide you with a better quality of life.
Per your specific needs, massage can be altered to get your muscles to respond to the treatments. There are several techniques that massage therapists use to relieve your pain. Your massage therapist will assess your pain and your needs and decide which massage is best for you and will provide the most pain relief. The Mayo Clinic lists several massage techniques that range from light massage to deep tissue. These techniques include:
- Swedish Massage – combines long strokes, kneading and deep circular motions to help relax and energize you.
- Deep Tissue Massage – targets the deeper layer of muscle and connective tissue using longer and more forceful strokes. It is commonly used to help with muscle damage from injuries.
- Sports Massage – Similar to Swedish massage, this technique is geared towards those involved in sports to help treat and prevent injuries.
- Trigger Points Massage – Focuses on areas of tight muscles fibers that form in muscles after injuries or overuse.
Many jobs and daily activities put an immense about of strain on the muscles. People in positions such as nursing are on their feet all day and put strain on their foot and leg muscles. In contrast, those who work at desk jobs and are sitting all day are reshaping their muscles, leading to poor posture and back strain. On average the human body goes through a lot of stress from varying day to day activities.
When first meeting with your physical therapist, it is important for you to let them know the specific issues and pain that you are experiencing. Your physical therapist needs a clear image of what treatment you need and what massage techniques are best suited for you and which will help relieve your pain.
According to the Mayo Clinic, therapeutic massage can also be helpful for many different disorders that people suffer from. Many times, patients can avoid prescription medicine and costly doctor visits by regularly getting massage therapy. These conditions include:
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia related to stress
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
- Temporomandibular joint pain
Care First Rehab in Cary, NC provides in-home and clinic therapy services including physical, occupational, pediatric, speech, massage, sports injury and more. Contact Pragati Sonker at (919) 460-1921 to schedule your therapy appointment.