Although having a massage is definitely relaxing and energizing, its health benefits don’t end there. Targeted therapy of pressing, rubbing and kneading that manipulates certain body parts is also a complementary form of circulation and muscle health treatment. And depending on your health issue, treatment with massage therapy may require only light stroking or more substantial deep pressure techniques on soft tissue.
Massage therapy techniques vary, so using a properly trained therapist is vital to reap desired circulation and muscle health benefits. In addition, a properly trained massage therapist should inquire about your symptoms, any health conditions you suffer and your treatment goals to reduce the risk of any serious side effects. This inquisition should be done before deciding which massage therapy technique to use.
The most common types of massage therapy techniques are:
- sports massage ~ gentle massage adapted specifically to your activity to help prevent or treat a sport injury
- Swedish massage ~ gentle massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration, tapping
- deep tissue massage ~ slow, forceful strokes targeting deep muscle & connective tissue to help treat muscle injury damage
- trigger point massage ~ focuses on trigger points & painful tight muscle fibers (“knots”) that can form after injury or overuse
Massage therapy has reported health benefits in concert with standard treatment for a wide range of health conditions. You may want to consider employing its benefits for:
- neck pain
- stress relief
- chronic pain
- sports injury
- chronic fatigue
- minor back pain
- muscle stiffness
- multiple sclerosis
- asthma, allergy relief
- ankylosing spondylitis
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- myofascial pain syndrome
- immunodeficiency to boost immunity
- symptom relief of cancer, cancer treatment side effects
Some of these health conditions can be serious and may require appropriate treatment precautions. If ever in doubt, discuss this massage treatment option with your health care provider beforehand.
Generally, circulation and muscle benefits of massage treatment is safe when performed by a trained massage therapist. Yet, vigorous massage therapy is often not advisable under these health related circumstances:
- blood clots
- bone cancer
- skin infections
- low blood counts
- bleeding disorders
- rheumatoid arthritis
- burns, open wounds
- inexplicable pain, other symptoms
- take blood thinners ~ warfarin, heparin
Sometimes massage therapy, particular deep tissue techniques, may cause muscle soreness temporarily. But, bruising, swelling and extreme discomfort indicates too much pressure has been applied. And pressure caused pain that’s in excess of momentary discomfort can cause:
Albeit, a muscle knot may be painfully sensitive until its worked out.
Routinely, massage therapy health treatment includes the use of lotion to reduce skin friction. So, if you have a history of allergic reactions or skin sensitivity, let your therapist know ahead of receiving your circulation and muscle massage benefits.