Uses of Massage
The use of massage has been a way to help get relief from stress, pain and muscle tension and in addition has been used to help in relaxation. Most therapists will agree that a good session can bring about a sense of relaxed well-being, but exactly how massage therapy works and what are its benefits?
Massage therapy is a way to relax the body, stimulate the nervous system and de-stress. Massage therapy, diaphragmatic release and aromatherapy can all be beneficial for those suffering with pain caused by sports injury, car accidents, ergonomic work related injuries, arthritic conditions, and chronic conditions such as back pain, muscle tension, and chronic diseases.
Arnald of Villanova reported in 12 cases of massage that it produced an immediate improvement in the body after twenty minutes. His case was of a looseness of the whole body with neck and shoulder laxity. The incisions were gone in four days. Also, epidural and subdural hematomas resolved after twenty minutes of massage. As well as osteoarthritis, massage has also been used to effectively treat pelvic girdle disorders, loose ligaments, and poor muscle tone.
After a massage session the muscles are usually relax and most of the tension is released. There is a decrease in the amount of blood in the body and as a result the body temperature lowers and the body begins to perspire. The relaxation is also helped by the reduction in heart rate, and the rise in the oxygen level. The body feels relaxed and calm.
Massage can be beneficial to those recovering from injuries that result in lower than normal strength, numbness or weakness of the body. The blood circulation is also enhanced by massage, and the body will be more able to absorb the nutrients normally delivered by the blood, it also helps to correct muscle imbalances caused by injuries or disease, and promotes healing by the body.
Rehabilitative Massage is often used following surgery to help with discomfort and relaxation in the operated on area.
Rehabilitative Massage techniques differ and have different benefits from traditional massaging. Retreatoral Massage includes a lot of surface massaging of the soft tissues with a glide. There is very little rubbing necessary, which is an advantage and will produce a relaxation feeling throughout the body. Also, it requires fewer muscles to be used so that the body feels relaxed and there is less stimulation of unfamiliar areas. Being able to relax in a place where you are being massaged is also a huge benefit.
Massage techniques, which include aerobics, are sometimes used before or after surgery to help patients relax, and prepare for, the surgery itself. Once the surgery has been performed, movements cannot be performed until the surgeon puts you through a series of exercises to strengthen and control the muscles you used during the massage. Generally, you will not be able to resume your daily activities until you have completed these exercises. Once you start moving, even small amounts of weight, can cause injury and pain, so it is essential to consult with your doctor before you start them.
Understanding the benefits of massage is easy to understand when you have experienced it yourself, but the pleasure and costs of using massage are not as obvious. Costs can range from the cost of an oil massage to a twenty five dollar commodity that will last for months. Massage techniques that will be used can vary widely, and which one you use will also depend on your needs. Certain techniques are more likely to be helpful to you than others, so you may want to heed to your doctor's advice so that you do not further injure yourself with over-use.
The enjoyment of massage is an investment in your own physical and emotional well-being. Massage and the tools used to provide it to you, no matter how expensive, are well worth it.
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