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Health Conditions Treatment With Massage


Massage therapy is the direct manipulation of the soft tissue of the body. Many different massage techniques are used by therapists. Massage techniques are most frequently used with the hands, fingers, thumbs, elbows, heels, forearms, or perhaps a massage device. The major aim of massage therapy is usually for the relief of pain or body strain.

Stress is one of the leading causes of pain and distress in society today. Massage therapy addresses stress in a safe and effective way that does not strain muscles or hurt skin. The therapist can release muscle tension through gentle strokes into the deep tissue of the muscles. The tension and tightness in muscles can lead to pain and immobility in the affected region. Relaxation and deep relaxation of tight muscles can relieve muscle tension and increase circulation of blood.

Stress points are areas on the body where pain can be localized. Therapeutic massage applies sudden, targeted pressure to release the pain from these particular pressure points. It's usually used in the treatment of headaches, migraines, TMJ pain and soreness, chronic pain from sports injuries, and more. Continuous pressure on certain pressure points releases neurochemicals that reduce inflammation. Inflammation is often a contributing factor in pain.

A lot of men and women suffer from insomnia. Insomnia is when you cannot get to sleep because you're tired, anxious or depressed. A massage session can assist in the relaxation process. The process of relaxation can be assisted by massage techniques such as Shiatsu, Swedish and deep tissue. In Shiatsu, pressure is applied to the skin when applying special pressure to key regions of the back. Swedish massage and deep tissue massage both use firm and smooth strokes on the body when kneading and tapping are used in Swedish massage.

Stress is among the primary causes of illness and pain. Massage therapists are well trained to reduce stress by utilizing mild pressure, rhythmic stretches and muscle strain. The whole body is massaged; the back, neck and shoulders. This provides for a sense of complete relaxation.

Stress and anxiety are common concerns in today's society. Light and rhythmic massage is a great way to improve relaxation and relieve tension, while releasing chemicals that result in the production of serotonin. Serotonin is an important neurotransmitter and promotes feelings of well-being, whereas cortisol, a stress hormone, decreases feelings of well-being. Moreover, muscle relaxation is achieved with light pressure, stretching and Swedish massage treatment.

Muscle strain and tightness are common injuries treated by massage therapists. Some massage therapy stretches the muscles by using circular motions while others massage the muscles by applying long strokes, soft tissue manipulation, kneading and tapping techniques. Repetitive movements, such as yoga, help to improve flexibility by stretching the muscles. Repetitive movements, including running and biking, may also improve cardiovascular fitness.

A massage therapist may use various techniques depending on the condition or injury. If a client has shin splints, she might apply light pressure over the shin bones and run her hands along the shins using gentle circular strokes. Injuries to the lower back are often helped with stretching and manipulating the muscles in this region. If a customer has sciatica, the therapist can apply light pressure within the sciatic nerve to release the pain and stimulate the nerve.

Individuals that are injured may receive treatment to alleviate pain and relaxation to help prevent recurrences. One technique, the therapist may use may be massage combined with heat and/or ice therapy. The client lies on a massage table or bed and the therapist applies light pressure over the injured area to relax the tense mus

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