Massage is defined as “the systematic manual or mechanical manipulations of the soft tissues of the body by movements such as rubbing, kneading, pressing, rolling, slapping, and tapping for therapeutic purposes.”
Massage works with the soft tissues of the body. It does not work on bones or the bone structure. However, since the bones are surrounded by muscle and soft tissue, massage can help with dysfunction related to bones.
It is a form of therapy that works very well in conjunction with chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, yoga, exercise, meditation, relaxation, or whatever else you do to care for yourself.
What conditions can be helped by Massage?
Massage has both physical and mental benefits. It can help with conditions such as:
- Aches and Pains
- Old Injuries
- Difficulty Sleeping
- Digestive/stomach problems
- High Blood Pressure
- Sitting at a desk/computer all day
- Exercise/Sports enhancement
- Sports Injuries
- Frozen Shoulder
- Pregnancy Discomfort
- Colicky Babies
- Improve Immune System
- Help Babies Sleep
- Car Accident Recovery
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Low back pain/Sciatica
Mentally, Massage can also help with relaxation, and calming the body. Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress, which translates into:
- Decreased anxiety
- Enhanced sleep quality
- Greater energy
- Improved concentration
- Increased circulation
- Reduced fatigue
Who can have a Massage?
Adults of all ages and just about any physical condition who wants to Recover, Prevent, and Maintain their health can benefit from Massage Therapy.
Pregnant Women can benefit from Massage Therapy to relieve fatigue, soreness, edema, and other discomforts. Parents who massage their infants gain a bond and trust with the babies and can help ease or cure simple issues without medications or frequent trips to the doctor.
Special Needs, Hyperactive children, and children with Autism respond very well to Massage’s calming touch.
Athletes can receive Massage before or after a workout to prepare the muscles for extreme uses, repair injuries, and enhance their muscles’s abilities.
Who can’t have a Massage?
Massage does have an effect on the whole body so a doctor should be consulted before receiving Massage Therapy treatments if someone has:
- Severe or uncontrolled High Blood Pressure
- Certain Cancers
- Muscle of Nerve diseases
- Taking Certain medications
- Contagious or Communicable Diseases
- Skin Afflictions or Diseases
Many times, a massage can be modified to compensate for certain conditions, but it is always best to ask a doctor if a questionable condition is present.