The Benefits of Massage Therapy
Despite the many misconceptions about massage therapy, more and more individuals are being enlightened of its true value. This includes those in the medical field who by prescibing it, are now validating massage therapy as an effective alternative to various radical procedures. Massage therapy can be useful in conditions such as mental anxiety, gastrointestinal problems, chronic back problems, chronic neck pain, migraine headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, some forms of scoliosis, knee problems, and much more.
Swedish massage with its long flowing effleurage strokes and petrisage kneading, a practice that most are familiar with, is only one modality out of many. Other types of massage are neuromuscular therapy, deep tissue massage, myofascial release, trigger point, sport massage, and on-site or chair massage as well as many other techniques. There are almost as many types of massage as there are ailments. Some massage therapist use a combination of modalities for their clients’ treatment.
Neuromuscular therapy a treament that has recently come to the fore front is a technique that locates and isolates specific areas of pain and referred pain and interrupts it's on going patterns and cycles. It also enhances the function of joints, muscles and movement, and it releases endorphins, which is the body's own natural pain killers. With the proper diagnosis and treatment, chronic pain individuals experienced for years due to muscular dysfunctions can sometimes be greatly relieved with just one session using neuromuscular therapy.
Although massage therapy has many benefits and has been well documented as a useful tool in the treatment of soft tissue irregularities. It is important that other methods such as nutritional supplementation, strengthening and stretching exercises should also be considered to ensure a complete and lasting recovery. These self remedies are often taught to the client and encourage by more experience and diverse massage therapist. They are also used in conjunction during treatment and should be done regularly in between appointments.
Some other benefits of massage therapy include, stress relief, muscle tension relief, aid in the important removal of waste product and toxins out of the body, lowering of blood pressure, increased blood circulation, injury recovery, muscle soreness, increased muscle tone and improved flexibility.
Anthony Kelley is a certified massage therapist, certified personal trainer, and certified nutritional counselor, specializing in Swedish massage, neuromuscular therapy, myofascial release, trigger point therapy, deep tissue and therapeutic stretching.. For more information contact Anthony Kelley @ 732-208-6903 This Article was originally published in the East Brunswick Sentinel, also the Jewish State and the Regency at Monroe Adult Community Reporter.
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