The Health Purposes of Massage Therapy
Massage is no longer available only through luxury spas and upscale health clubs. Today this therapy is offered in businesses, clinics, hospitals and even airports. If you’ve never tried it, learn about its possible health benefits and what to expect during a therapy session.
What is it?
Massage is a general term for pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Massage may range from light stroking to deep pressure.
The most common types of massage including:
This is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you.
This massage technique uses slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries.
This is similar to Swedish massage, but it’s geared toward people involved in sports activities to help prevent or treat injuries.
Trigger point massage
This type of therapy focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse.
It is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. It’s increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations.
Studies of the benefits demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.
Some studies have found it helpful for:
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia related to stress
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
- Temporomandibular joint pain
Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy it because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort, and connection.