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Massage Therapy

The Health Purposes of Massage Therapy

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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:

Swedish

This is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you.

Deep massage

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.

Sports massage

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.

Benefits

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:

  • Anxiety
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • 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.

Read more about this therapy below:

Rythmia Group, Inc.

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Massage As Medicine (The holistic way to fight chronic pain)

By Kirstin Fawcett For more than a decade, Bill Cook has gotten a weekly massage. He isn’t a professional athlete. He didn’t receive a lifetime gift certificate to a spa. Nor is the procedure a mere indulgence, he says – it’s medicinal. In 2002, Cook – a 58-year-old resident of Hudson, Wisconsin, who once worked in marketing – was diagnosed with a rare illness. He had cardiac sarcoidosis, a condition in which clusters of white blood cells coagulate together and react against a foreign substance in the body, scarring the heart in the process. The disease damaged his heart so badly it went into failure. The doctors said there was nothing they could do, and Cook’s name was put on an organ transplant waiting list. The wait stretched on...