Massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being.
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. There are many different types of massage, including these common types:
- Swedish massage. 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 sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries.
- Trigger point massage. This massage focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse.
Benefits of massage
Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. Other studies have found massage may also be 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 massage because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort and connection.
Despite its benefits, massage isn’t meant as a replacement for regular medical care. Let your doctor know you’re trying massage and be sure to follow any standard treatment plans you have.
Improves Ability for Physical Activity
Research finds that massage therapy can actually enhance the effects of exercise. Recommendations are made that massage therapy offers patients who only exercise a couple of times a week to help improve flexibility and blood flow but to also help them with the soreness and stiffness they experience after their exercise. Since massage increases oxygenation of muscle tissue, it helps sustain endurance and shorten recovery time.
What you can expect during a massage at Doctor for Life
You don’t need any special preparation for massage. Before a massage therapy session starts, our massage therapist will ask you about any symptoms, your medical history and what you’re hoping to get out of massage. Our massage therapist will explain the kind of massage and techniques they will use.
In a typical massage therapy session, you undress or wear loose-fitting clothing. Undress only to the point that you’re comfortable. You will lie on a table and cover yourself with a sheet. Our massage therapist will perform an evaluation through touch to locate painful or tense areas and to determine how much pressure to apply. No matter what kind of massage you choose, you should feel calm and relaxed during and after your massage.
If our massage therapist is pushing too hard, ask for lighter pressure. Occasionally you may have a sensitive spot in a muscle that feels like a knot. It’s likely to be uncomfortable while our massage therapist works it out. But if it becomes painful, speak up.
The take-home message about massage
Brush aside any thoughts that massage is only a feel-good way to indulge or pamper yourself. To the contrary, massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being, whether you have a specific health condition or are just looking for another stress reliever.
Call us today to book your session whether it is to help in a certain condition or just to pamper yourself. You deserve the personal time to make yourself feel energized and relaxed. 864-640-0009. We accept qualified patients HSA and FSA cards as well.