Medical Massage therapy differs from regular massage in that specific areas are targeted by the physician and treated by a licensed therapist using various techniques depending on the nature of the muscle. Learn more.
Massage is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. It is increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations.
We have incorporated massage into our practice as a means of treating pain, decompressing tired and overworked muscles, reducing stress, rehabilitating sports injuries and promoting general health. The many benefits are now recognized by insurance companies and treatment may be covered.
Massage therapy may help cancer and other patients dealing with severe illness to cope with the stress, anxiety, fatigue, pain, and problems associated with diagnosis and treatment. The medical community widely embraces this complementary form of cancer therapy for its mind-body healing benefits. Unlike conventional medicine, massage therapy addresses the whole person, not just the body.
During a massage, a certified massage therapist or medical professional manipulates your body's soft tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and skin), using varying degrees of pressure and movement. Your massage therapy session will involve different types of strokes, of varying intensity, depending on your need.
Massage therapy is indicated to decrease swelling and impaired joint mobility, ease muscle spasms and muscle tension, and improve circulation. Massage therapy also may help reduce stress, anxiety and pain; improve your levels of alertness; enhance sleep patterns; and release your body's natural painkillers (endorphins). Some studies show that the relaxation response, induced by therapies such as massage, may enhance immune function.
Some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia related to stress
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Paresthesias and nerve pain
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
- TMJ (temporomandibular joint pain)