Massage therapy focuses on the soft tissues in your body. It can relieve many types of soft tissue pain from acute muscle cramps to the chronic pain from arthritis or fibromyalgia.
Muscles automatically contract when you are in pain. When this pain persists, muscles contract so much that they press on nerves to cause tingling, numbness and even more pain. The cycle of pain continues until something breaks the cycle.
Massage acts directly on your muscles with stretching and kneading motions. This relaxes muscle tension and releases natural pain relievers such as endorphins to break the cycle of pain.
A great massage is one of the best antidotes for stress. Stress develops into painful conditions like chronic headaches or shoulder and back pain. Massage immediately triggers your body’s own relaxation response which reduces stress. This gives you more energy, improves your outlook on life, and even reduces your likelihood of injury and illness.
Massage is helpful for both chronic and acute injuries. Reducing inflammation by increasing circulation through massage means injured cells heal faster. Patients find massage relieves chronic conditions like tendonitis that develop over time, and ligament sprains or muscles strains caused by an accident.
Pain caused by abnormal spinal curvature suggests restrictions in muscles, joints and the muscle’s tough connective tissue coverings. Massage frees your body to return to a more natural posture. This relieves the pain, develops better balance and reduces the risk of future injury.
Massage is commonly used in conjunction with other therapies because of the physical and emotional relaxation it creates. By lowering the stress levels in the body and mind, injuries heal more quickly, and pain reduces.