What is therapeutic massage?
The origins of therapeutic massage are rooted in the common instinctual response to hold and rub a hurt or pain. It is found in all cultures as an integral part of health care and maintenance. Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, considered massage of prime importance in any health regime.
Massage, bodywork and somatic therapies are defined as the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues – skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia – of the human body to release tension, relieve pain, enhance function, tone the body, stimulate the release of toxins, and promote relaxation and overall well-being.
There are more than 200 variations of massage, bodywork, and somatic therapies and many therapists utilize multiple techniques. The application of these techniques may include, but is not limited to, stroking, kneading, tapping, compression, vibration, rocking, friction, and pressure. This may also include non-forceful passive or active movement and/or application of techniques intended to affect the energetic systems of the body.
What are the benefits of therapeutic massage?
Daily activities can cause our bodies to suffer with aches, pains, muscle fatigue and tension. Studies show that massage therapy has an impressive range of physical, mental and emotional benefits: It can reduce the effects of stress, loosen tight muscles, increase blood and lymph circulation (both which assist in ridding the body of wastes and toxins), improve nerve function, enhance sleep and calm the nervous system.
Regular therapeutic massage therapy can:
- promote relaxation, body awareness and overall sense of well being
- relieve stress and anxiety
- promote deeper breathing
- provide natural pain relief
- increase flexibility and joint mobility
- decrease muscle tension and stiffness
- reduce spasms and cramping
- stimulate the immune system
How does massage therapy work with chiropractic care?
- Chiropractic care addresses subluxation (misalignment) of the bones of the spine.
- Massage therapy addresses the muscles attached to the bones that could be pulling the bones out of alignment.
- Working together they restore balance to your spine to maintain your health and wellness.