How can Therapeutic Massage help you?

Sue Wakeling   30/10/14

If you have nagging neck, shoulder, back or leg pain that just seems to keep returning then therapeutic massage may be able to help you. You may have noticed that if you can pinpoint the tension area in the muscle and have pushed on the area or got someone to help give it a bit of a rub it then starts to feel a bit better. Just imagine lying down for an hour and allowing a professional massage therapist use a variety of techniques to help ease your tension.

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Whether seeking relief for a medical condition, searching for a method to help deal with the stresses of daily living or wanting to maintain optimum health, more and more people are turning to therapeutic massage. Massage can be seen as a way to support homeostasis (the maintenance of a stable environment in the body) – to help get your body back into balance.

Therapeutic massage is a treatment that often targets the deeper layers of muscles to help release acute or chronic tension and is designed to break your cycle of spasm and pain. It may involve the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue using various techniques, to enhance function, aid in the healing process, decrease muscle reflex activity and promote relaxation and well-being. The various techniques applied can help elongate muscle tissues that have contracted from overuse, lack of use, illness, injury or even unhealthy lifestyle. The depth and manipulation of the tissues have an effect on the whole of the body.

Massage contacts the largest organ in the body – the skin. On a physiological level it increases circulation which in turn normalises muscle and connective tissue, releasing and optimising nerve conduction. The pressure and stretching stimulates other organs, vessels, glands and tissues. Research shows that organs benefit from massage because they share neurological pain pathways with muscles, bones and nerves. The stimulation also releases endorphins, our body’s natural pain killers. The relaxation response occurs. This helps the muscles to relax, the heart slow down, blood pressure to lower and stress hormones to decrease. This in turn can have psychological effects such as reducing stress, tension and anxiety and creating an overall feeling of well-being, making it a holistic therapy.

We know that touch to heal is instinctive and is part of what makes us human. Massage is a much respected and vital therapy with many people choosing it as a means of health care, relaxation and rehabilitation. If you have a proactive approach to your health maintenance, I highly recommend receiving regular therapeutic massage.


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