Massage therapy is a great treatment modality that provides a natural solution to pain and discomfort. It delivers a relaxing way to eliminate musculoskeletal stiffness and pain for many patients. Our office offers a wide variety of particular massage therapy options that are customized to correspond with the patient's condition and injury. Certain massage therapy benefits include: relieving muscle pain and muscle spasm, reducing swelling, increasing circulation, aiding in recovery and increasing your range of motion.
Massage therapists learn specific techniques to incorporate long, smooth, kneading strokes and particular movements designed to manipulate the muscle layers. Massage oil or lotion is often utilized to enable a friction free surface to enable easy muscle rubbing. Toxins are released from the tissues and relaxation is paramount. Any knots, stiffness or tightness issues are worked out and released.
How Does Massage Therapy Work?
Massage therapy improves circulation and therefore relieves muscle tension and pain. Improved circulation delivers oxygen and nutrients to the tissues of the body. Mobility and flexibility are often restored through massage. The physical manipulation helps to clear waste products such as lactic acid. This helps to reduce inflammation, pain and stiffness in the muscles and the joints.
Why Do People Get Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is sought after by people for a host of different reasons. Some people undergo frequent massage to help them with a variety of health issues, while others choose to attend purely for relaxation purposes. Headaches, stress-related conditions, migraines, back pain, circulatory concerns, respiratory problems, carpal tunnel and additional repetitive strain issues, arthritis, tendinitis and other inflammatory conditions can be significantly relieved or eliminated. Massage can be highly beneficial to post injury healing and post-surgical conditions.
A wonderful massage can leave you feeling simultaneously relaxed and invigorated. This modality drastically relieves stress and tension. Massage is reputed to help lower levels of certain hormones such as cortisol and thus keeps the body's stress response lower. Massage therapy studies further indicate benefits such as enhanced immune function.
What is a Typical Massage Therapy Session Like?
Massage therapy sessions can last from a half hour up to an hour and a half. Sessions can be customized and range from 45 minutes to an hour or more. The massage session will start with a consultation discussing your medical history and a brief review of your symptoms.
Lifestyle habits and current symptoms will be discussed. It is common to have to sign some paperwork disclaimer prior to starting your massage. Typically, there is a diagram of a front visual body and a rear visual body for you to indicate with "x's" where you experience any soreness, discomfort or pain.
You will be asked to undress once you are in the therapy room. Many people are more comfortable wearing their underwear. The massage therapist will leave the room until you are ready. Once you are ready, you can lie face down on the padded massage table and cover yourself with a blanket or a sheet.
The massage therapist will knock on the door prior to entering. They will enter and adjust the pillows along with the face rest in order to ensure that you are comfortably and properly positioned. Communication with your practitioner is welcome. It is important to mention if you are feeling too warm or too cold and the massage therapist will ensure your comfort.
The massage therapist typically begins with a light oil or lotion on their hands and then starts the massage. A full body massage starts on the back and then moves down to the legs. After those portions are completed, you will be asked to turn over so you are face up. The massage will continue on your arms, shoulders, neck, abdomen and your legs.
You will be covered with a sheet at all times during the massage. The only portion that is uncovered is the part that is being treated in that particular time. After the massage is complete the massage therapist will leave you alone to get dressed in your room. They will often remind you to take your time sitting up and to stand up slowly. Some people may become lightheaded or dizzy if they get up too fast.
Will Massage Therapy Hurt?
There may be a mild discomfort or aching when a massage therapist works on areas of muscle tension that applies pressure over "knots" although, massage therapy should not be painful. If you are at any time uncomfortable or too strong for you, it is important to mention it to the massage therapist so they can accurately adjust their pressure.
How Will I Feel After a Massage?
The majority of people feel calm and relaxed after experiencing a treatment. People often experience a temporary aching the next day or two. It often resembles the way you feel after skiing or going to the gym, depending on how intense the massage was.
There are some people that massage therapy is not recommended for. For example, those who have open wounds, infections, skin disease or rashes, and those who just have had surgery. It is not always recommended immediately following chemotherapy or radiation. It is recommended that people who suffer from heart disease should consult their doctor prior to booking a massage. Individuals who are prone to blood clots do not generally undergo massage therapy so as not to risk dislodging blood clots.
It is also recommended that pregnant women should check with their doctor prior to booking the massage. As well, they should ideally only schedule their massage with a therapist who is certified in pregnancy massage. Massage is not recommended to be done over an abdominal hernia, tumors, unhealed wounds, inflamed skin, and areas with intense bruising or recently fractured locations.
Additional Massage Tips.
If it is your first massage at the clinic or at a spa, it is a good idea to arrive at least 10 minutes early in order to fill out the necessary paperwork. If you receive massages on a frequent basis, be sure to arrive at least 5 minutes so you can have a few moments to rest and relax prior to your appointment. Enjoy a light meal prior to your massage and do not consume a large meal beforehand.