Massage therapy for pain




What are the benefits of therapeutic massage?
Most massage techniques are designed to promote pain relief, stress reduction, and improved movement in daily living. 
Therapeutic massage has been shown to improve joint flexibility, relieve lower-back pain, and stimulate the release of endorphins. It can also be used to treat and prevent the following conditions: 

  • Arthritis
  • Sports injuries, work-related injuries and repetitive strain injuries (carpal tunnel, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, bursitis)
  • Anxiety, depression, tension and stress
  • Walking or running-related pain
  • Poor posture and suboptimal use of the body in movement 
  • What are the various massage techniques?
  • Reiki: Involves light touch, and is designed to work with the body’s energy.
  • Craniosacral therapy: Involves only five grams of pressure, and influences the central nervous system.
  • Deep tissue massage: Uses intense pressure and targets the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia. 
  • Rolfing and myofascial release: Involves more aggressive techniques that aim to manipulate the soft tissues.
  • How often should you visit a massage therapist?

What are the various massage techniques?
The first massage technique that most therapists learn is Swedish massage, says Madore, which involves the application of oil and is used to promote relaxation. 
Other massage styles and techniques include: 
  • For individuals without a particular problem, visiting a licensed massage therapist once a month is appropriate. For those with a condition such as back pain, it may be appropriate to work with a massage therapist three-to-six times within a short period of time.   

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