You might think that massages are just a luxury, but for many people they are a crucial part of their rehabilitation program. Patients who are recovering from serious physical injuries, suffering from chronic pain, or working hard to improve their overall well-being rely on the physical benefits of massage therapy.
How does massage work?
There are two main physiological responses behind massage therapy. First there is the involuntary relaxation response, which occurs through the nervous system and causes:
The relaxation response produced by massage helps reduce anxiety, hypertension, and a range of other issues.
There are also mechanical responses to massage therapy. In many patients contracted muscles squeeze or compress nerves, resulting in pain.
Massage therapy relaxes muscle tissues, reduces the pressure on sensitive nerves, and thereby alleviates pain.
Types of Massage
Not every type of massage delivers the same physical benefits. There are many types of massage, which use a range of techniques to provide different physical benefits.
Swedish massage is a gentle massage that focuses on long strokes, vibration, circular movements and kneading.
Deep tissue massage
Deep tissue massage employs slow, forceful motions to hit deep muscle tissues. This is particularly helpful for recovering from sports injuries and stiffness.
Trigger point massage
Trigger point massages zero in on specific areas or muscles to alleviate pain resulting from hypertension, injury or overuse.
Hot stone massage
Hot stone massage is a special type of massage in which smooth, warmed stones are placed on your body, or used as an extension of the therapist’s hands to enhance the beneficial effects of massage.
The physical benefits of massage therapy
Regardless of which type of massage therapy you undergo, there are a range of physical benefits including:
Curious whether massage therapy can help improve your health? Book an initial assessment with one of our experienced massage therapists to discuss whether massage can help you achieve your personal health goals.