What is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is the manipulation of muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, and joints to cause a therapeutic response, such as increasing mobility, eliminating pain, improving circulation and lymphatic drainage.
Stretching and loosening connective tissues using hands, forearms, and elbows the therapist applies pressure to parts of the body to release tension, adhesion, and optimize health. This promotes the circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids to offer relief from the pain of many injuries and conditions. Massage can restore internal balance, take out adhesions, correct posture, enhance immune system functioning, aid in relaxation, reduce depression and anxiety, relieve stress and mental and physical fatigue, and improve sleep.
Depending on the technique, lotion may or may not be used. Relaxing music and soft lighting are used to enhance the experience. Your therapist may also apply a heating pad or cold pack as part of the treatment if indicated.
What are the benefits of Massage Therapy?
Though most people associate massage with muscles, a massage therapy treatment also affects the nerves, blood vessels, digestive system, and other major organs of the body.
In particular massage is helpful for:
- Speeding up recovery from a variety of issues including sprains, strains, fractures, and repetitive stress injuries like tendonitis.
- Reducing overall muscle tension in the body, which helps to prevent injuries from poor posture and repetitive stress
- Decreasing stress and anxiety, and increasing overall well-being
- Improving body awareness and building a better relationship with your body
- Increasing blood flow and lymphatic drainage to and from areas in need
- Releasing postural tension caused by office work and physically demanding jobs
- Getting rid of recurrent headaches
- Maintaining the range of motion and physical confidence needed for an active lifestyle
- Regulating digestion
- Improving athletic performance
How does Massage Therapy help with pain?
Massage can help with many types of pain. Massage can reduce nerve pain by reducing the tension in muscles surrounding it, improving nerve mobility, and increasing circulation and lymphatic flow to the nerve.
Massage can eliminate trigger points, which are painful “knots” in muscles that can cause pain in the muscle itself or elsewhere in the body. For example, many headaches are caused by trigger points in the neck and jaw muscles.
Massage Therapy is also a great way to reduce stress, muscle tension, and soothe the nervous system, all of which have an impact on the experience of pain.
At Synergystix, all our massage therapists are professionals who have completed a post-secondary degree at an accredited educational institution. More than this, however, they all have extensive experience in assessing and treating individuals who have a wide range of short-term medical problems or chronic conditions. They have used massage therapy to help people experiencing: