According to the CDC, 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, and it affects more people than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. Research continues to support the health benefits of Massage Therapy for pain relief. Harvard Medical School Publishing states, "Massage used to be considered an indulgence, but it's now recognized as a legitimate therapy for some painful conditions. Therapeutic massage may relieve pain by way of several mechanisms, including relaxing painful muscles, tendons, and joints; relieving stress and anxiety; and possibly helping to "close the pain gate" by stimulating competing nerve fibers and impeding pain messages to and from the brain."
Massage Therapy is actively being research. Many studies indicate therapeutic effects on pain in the back, hands, neck, and knees, among other areas. Here are some highlights:
While there may be some contraindications to Massage Therapy including heart disease and certain skin conditions Massage therapy is now more broadly accepted as a dependable treatment for many types of pain. It is usually an adjunct to other medical treatments such as Prolotherapy or Decompression Therapy. In general, massage is rarely given as the sole and primary treatment for pain management. It is often employed as and additional factor of therapy to aid in pain management. Regardless, massage can be an essential component of your pain management.
We generally recommend Neuromuscular Massage Therapy. This type of massage therapy is also known as "trigger point" massage due to the fact that it targets regions of tension and muscular spasm in the back. The massage therapist directs pressure to a particular region of interest. Neuromuscular massage can sometimes cause soreness at the outset since the focus of its pressure is directly on tender regions. Be sure to communicate with your therapist to identify the appropriate pressure. Similar to Swedish massage, neuromuscular massage also works to flush lactic acid out of the muscles to alleviate pain.
We usually recommend a variety of physical therapy modalities such as heat, ice, or interferential combined with the Massage Therapy.
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