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About Our Therapeutic Massage:
Massage does not have to be reserved for spa breaks. It can play an important – and extremely enjoyable – role in your overall health and wellbeing. By treating aches and pains as they present, you can prevent more extensive cycles of pain later down the line. If you are suffering from a chronic condition or ailment, massage can be a powerful tool to reduce stress and thus lower the biomarkers of internal inflammation, setting the stage for healing. Also, it just feels really good to take some time out for yourself when living with health complications that compromise your quality of life.
What is therapeutic massage?
Therapeutic massage is a deeply calming, nourishing, and rejuvenating therapy, not just for the physical body but for mental and emotional wellbeing too. It is often recommended by psychotherapists for its evidence-based psychological benefits alongside the physical. As the body is supported to relax through different techniques and hand strokes, the mind generally follows, even if the conscious mind does remain a little busy.
Relaxation for the mind and body is a powerful healing tool as it deactivates the fight or flight state and calms the nervous system. When the body is in fight or flight, whether in acute stress following an event or in the case of chronic stress (a permanent state of low-grade but ongoing stress) the body’s natural immune, metabolic, detoxification, and elimination functions are compromised. Hormones can fall easily out of balance, maybe leading to hormone conditions or fertility challenges, or adrenal or thyroid issues. The more you can encourage the body out of fight or flight, the more time the body can spend restoring and healing.
Massage can also help to reduce muscular tension calming inflamed nerves. Muscle knots are a common experience in modern life. The average person leads a fairly sedentary lifestyle and as a result of remaining in fixed positions – texting, typing, driving – poor posture is becoming more common, straining the structure of the body. Dehydration, imbalanced diet, stress, and anxiety can also add to physical stress on the anatomy which in turn can create more fatigue, anxiety, depression, or insomnia or jeopardize good oxygen intake and the quality of breathing. Therefore even as a healthy person with no presenting health complications or symptoms, massage can act as a nourishing and preventative form of health and medical self-care and maintenance.
What conditions can therapeutic massage help to treat?
Therapeutic massage has been proven severally to help improve symptoms and treat a wide range of conditions. Some of these conditions include:
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Headache and migraines
- Shoulder pain
- Stress-related tension
- Rotator cuff syndrome
- Muscle sprains and strains
- Tennis elbow
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Soft tissue injuries
- Sport injuries
- High blood pressure
- Cancer and cancer-related symptoms such as pain, fatigue, and anxiety
- Sleep disorders such as insomnia
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Respiratory disorders like asthma, common cold, flu, and bronchitis
- Postoperative symptoms
What are the benefits of therapeutic massage?
The several types of therapeutic massage have numerous benefits. Research has proven that therapeutic massage provides the following benefits:
- It relieves stress.
- It provides musculoskeletal pain relief.
- It reduces anxiety.
- It helps boost mood and fight depression.
- It eases muscle tension and soreness.
- It improves the quality of sleep.
- It strengthens the lower back.
- It enhances relaxation.
- It improves blood circulation.
- It helps reduce blood pressure (beneficial for those with high blood pressure).
- It helps improve immune function.
- It promotes recovery from soft tissue injuries.
- It improves skin tone.
- It helps increase joint range of motion and flexibility.
How effective is therapeutic massage in treating health conditions?
Therapeutic massage is said to have many health benefits. According to a study amongst patients with neck pain, therapeutic massage was found to reduce pain and improve performance and function. However, therapeutic massage significantly increased range of motion and its effectiveness was comparable to that of physical therapy and kinesiotherapy. In a similar study that compared therapeutic massage to traditional Chinese medical acupuncture and self-care education, therapeutic massage was found to be more effective in treating persistent low back pain and provided long-lasting benefits.
Additionally, research conducted among burns patients showed that therapeutic massage before wound dressing resulted in the decrease of pain and anxiety in the patients. In other words, therapeutic massage has psychological health benefits. In treating knee osteoarthritis (KOA), therapeutic massage was found out to be more effective than oral NSAIDs. It was effective in relieving pain and stiffness and improving the function of the knee joint.
The effect of therapeutic massage on sleep quality was also researched. A study among ICU patients reported that there was a gradual improvement in sleep quality after massage on three consecutive days.
Amongst children with cancer, therapeutic massage was proven to improve cancer symptoms. These symptoms included pain, nausea, anxiety, stress, and an increase of white blood cells and neutrophils. Similarly, it was described as a beneficial nursing intervention after it was proven in a study to promote relaxation and alleviate the perception of pain and anxiety in hospitalized cancer patients.
Apart from being effective, therapeutic massage is considered safe and cost-effective. According to a review, massage was considered effective for persistent back pain. It also reported that it was relatively safe and could reduce the costs of care after an initial course of treatment.
Is therapeutic massage appropriate for everyone?
Anyone can benefit from therapeutic massage, especially if you are suffering from a condition that can be treated by massage including low back pain, neck pain, sciatica, depression, anxiety, certain injuries, and arthritis, amongst others. However, therapeutic massage may not be suitable for you if you have any of the following conditions:
- Fractures (broken bones)
- Severe osteoarthritis
- Bleeding disorders or you are on blood-thinning medications
- Skin infections
- Burns or healing wounds
- Severe thrombocytopenia (excessively low platelet count)
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Pregnancy (if it has been contraindicated)
What should I expect during a therapeutic massage session?
On your visit to the massage therapy, he/she asks you questions about any symptoms or conditions you may have, your medical history, your expected outcomes from the massage session, and might examine you. Your massage therapist will explain the type of massage you are getting and the techniques that will be used.
A typical massage session will require you to undress or wear loose-fitting clothing. If you will undress, the massage therapist leaves the room for privacy. Next, you lie down on a table and cover yourself with a sheet. You may have a massage fully clothed and in a chair in some cases. Before the session, your massage therapist examines you through touch, locating tense and painful areas and determining how much pressure will be applied. Your massage therapist may ask if you prefer he/she uses a lotion or oil to reduce friction. You may be asked to select what oil or lotion you prefer and which one you will not have allergic reactions to if any.
A massage session could last from 10 to 90 minutes, depending on the type of massage provided and how long you want it to be. Therapeutic massage should be a comfortable treatment, meaning you should feel calm and relaxed throughout the session. You may listen to music, have a friendly discussion, or have some quiet as you have your massage.
If your massage therapist is applying too much pressure, request a lighter pressure. You may feel uncomfortable during a massage at some particular spots; this usually subsides after a short while. However, if it is painful, talk to your therapist.
Is therapeutic massage therapy covered by insurance?
Currently, there is no standard coverage for massage therapy services in most insurance companies. Therapeutic massage therapy is considered a form of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM). However, in recent times, many people seek therapeutic massage therapy as a form of treatment.
Many insurance companies do not cover massage therapy. For example, Medicare does not cover the cost of massage therapy, so it will be a complete out-of-pocket expense if you seek this treatment. Nonetheless, some insurance providers cover the cost of massage therapies depending on the reason for the treatment or if it fits the criteria of the coverage of the insurance company. Some insurance providers cover a percentage of the costs of the treatment if it is prescribed by your doctor.
As the treatment is intended to deeply calm the body and mind, it is important to communicate with your practitioner if something is not feeling good or you are not feeling comfortable. In all situations, comfort is king!
If you are suffering from stress, anxiety or depression, muscle tension, poor sleep quality, muscle or joint pain, back issues, or a more complex chronic condition, a therapeutic massage can be a powerful tool in your healing today.
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