Massage relieves tension, relaxes your muscles, and helps eliminate stress and anxiety. It’s also an effective medical therapy that rehabilitates injuries, heals musculoskeletal conditions, and promotes healing. The experts on the team at MultiCare Medical Group in Papillion, Nebraska, have years of experience providing different types of massage therapy customized to meet your health needs. Call their office to learn more about therapeutic massage, or schedule an appointment online for a massage consultation.
BENEFITS OF MASSAGE
Once considered an alternative approach, massage therapy is become much more mainstream. Due to its increased popularity and demand, many insurance companies provide coverage for treatment session. Massage therapy involves hands-on techniques to increase circulation, relieve tension, reduce stress, relieve anxiety, improve sleep, and promote relaxation throughout the entire body, as well as many other benefits. The body’s soft tissue areas include the muscles, tendons, connective tissue, etc. If someone is tense and in need of a release, or they have been injured and have extensive muscle and/or nerve tissue damage that plagues their body, massage therapy might be worth exploring. Here are some benefits of massage therapy.
Relaxation–When the body is tense and under stress, it produces unhealthy levels of the well-known stress hormone, cortisol, which can contribute to weight gain, sleeplessness, digestive problems, and headaches.
Stress Reduction–Not only can massage therapy help with stress relief, but regular massage sessions over a prolonged period of time can boost energy levels, reduce pain, and stimulate individuals on physical as well as emotional levels.
Decreased Blood Pressure–Regular massage therapy sessions have been found to reduce blood pressure levels. In fact, some long-term studies have shown that a consistent massage program can reduce both systolic (upper number) and diastolic (lower number) blood pressure.
Muscle Relaxation–The purpose of massage therapy is to target the source of the body’s pain via eliminating tense muscles, increasing flexibility, and providing relaxation to the affected muscles as well as the body as a whole.
Improved Circulation– Improved circulation is part of a snowball effect that occurs in the body as a result of receiving regular massage therapy on a consistent basis. This is because proper circulation brings damaged, stiff, and tense muscles the rich blood supply they need to promote healing.
Improved Posture– Massage allows the body to relax and loosen the muscles made tense and sore via bad posture. In turn, this allows the body to position itself in its organic and pain-free posture.
Strengthened Immune System–Regular massage sessions provide many benefits to the human body. Studies have indicated that regular massage sessions not only help reduce stress, but can also boost the immune system’s cytotoxic capacity (activity level of the body’s natural “killer cells”) and enhances the body’s ability to deliver nourishment.
What are the different types of massage?
Some massage techniques use gentle pressure and kneading, while others employ pressure directed at specific trigger points. While there are more than 80 different types of therapeutic massage, these are the most common techniques:
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage relieves tension in deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue or fascia. Your doctor uses techniques that are similar to Swedish massage, but with deeper pressure and with a focus on areas of pain and tension. This therapy helps break down adhesions, relieve pain, and restore movement.
Swedish massage is commonly used for general relaxation and stress relief, but it also provides therapeutic benefits like improving flexibility and increasing blood flow, which boosts oxygen in tissues and eliminates toxins. Swedish massage uses techniques like rubbing muscles in the direction of blood flow, firm kneading, circular pressure, and percussive tapping.
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage