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What is Medical Massage?

Medical Massage Therapy; Definition

Medical Massage Therapy is a systematic therapeutic manipulation, through applying fixed or movable pressure, friction, rubbing, stroking, pinching, tapping, kneading, or applying vibration to muscle and connective tissue. Sometimes massage is performed on the whole body or just a part thereof , causing movement to that part of the body or sometimes just holding it in a fixed position. Therapists primarily use their hands, but may also use their forearms, elbows, feet or massage equipment. Where massage is used for its physical and psychological benefits, it may be termed remedial massage therapy. Different massage techniques have been developed and integrated into various complementary therapies, including therapies you may be familiar with such as Swedish massage, Trigger point therapy, Deep tissue massage, Shiatsu, Scalp massage, Reflexology (also called Sole or Foot massage), and Ancient Thai Massage.


Medical Massage therapy; Purpose

According to recent reviews, people use medical massage therapy for a wide variety of health-related purposes: for example, rehabilitate sports injuries, reduce stress, treating specific diseases and conditions, relaxation, address feelings of anxiety and depression, and aid general wellness. Many of today's health and other problems can benefit from medical massage therapy because the manipulation of soft tissues and deep tissue affect so many of our bodily and other systems. A good medical massage affects all of our systems, Physical, Emotional, Spiritual, Social, mental etc.


Medical massage therapy treatments will have a therapeutic affect and improve health by acting directly on the muscular, nervous, circulatory, lymphatic and immune systems. Directly or indirectly, it will help all systems mentioned before. Medical massage therapy can develop, sustain, rehabilitate or augment physical functions. The basic goal of Medical Massage Therapy is to help the body heal itself and to increase health, well-being, and self esteem. Objectives may be a good feeling, to heal injury, improve circulation and relieve tension in the muscles and skin. When muscles are overworked, waste products such as lactic acid can accumulate in the muscle, causing pain, stiffness, and even muscle spasm. Massage improves circulation, which increases blood flow, bringing fresh oxygen to body tissues. This can assist the elimination of waste products, speed healing after injury, and enhance recovery from disease.


Massage enhances the function of soft tissues, by promoting relaxation of muscles, while boosting the circulatory and immune systems to benefit blood pressure, circulation, muscle tone, digestion, and skin tone. Therapeutic massage can ease tension and reduce pain. Massage can be a part of physical therapy or practiced on its own. It can also be highly effective for reducing the symptoms of arthritis, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other disorders of the muscles and/or nervous system. In a relationships it can also provide sensual stimulation.Touch also conveys a sense of caring, an important component in a relationship. Medical massage therapy has become a daily routine for many professional athletes' hard training regimens. Some medical massage therapy techniques are specifically recommended for sore muscle tissues. An intense sore muscle cannot function properly. By alleviating pain dysfunction can be combated. Also seemingly minor injury can have a profound impact on a person's ability to stay physically active. Needless to say massage is also used by athletes in the prevention of pain. Not just athletes seek help, working professionals seek the assistance of medical massage therapists. Their lifestyle, such as long work hours or physically hard or routine tasks produce stress. Their stressed out bodies need help before it becomes chronic. They need to relax their tight and tense muscles, relax their minds, their emotions, even their spiritual and social beings. Many people don't realize how much a tight muscle impacts on vital things such as posture and all of life. A tense muscle can throw off your body's balance. Before long, muscles that were not initially tight begin to tense as they compensate for other parts of the body being out of balance. It becomes a chain reaction that can spread far from the initial problem spot into al of life.


A licensed medical massage therapist can identify the source of the problem and start working to alleviate the problem where it started and so perhaps, help the person's whole outlook of life. We are all becoming more aware of the role stress plays in health, in life. People, who are stressed, even if all other things are equal, are less healthy, less connected to other people and the world, than people who are relaxed. Stress, for example, increases the risk of heart disease, and many mental collapses. Medical massage therapy is an effective and enjoyable way to reduce stress. The pressing, rubbing, moving, manipulating or just touching in massage, causes blood to flush in and out of muscles, joints and many other body parts. A skilled medical massage therapist can become an important part of your overall health, and assist in prevention of future health concerns.

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