Health Benefits of Massage Therapy
A healthy lifestyle requires attention to diet and physical activity. But it can also include regular massage as a way to keep the body in it's best working order. Massage is more than just a back rub; skillful application of therapeutic techniques can assist the body's natural processes of rehabilitating, restoring, and maintaining function and ability.
Massage can have profound effects on the body's systems, especially the cardiovascular, muscular, nervous, and immune systems. Listed here are some specific effects on therapeutic massage:
- Provides deep relaxation and stress/anxiety relief.
- Improves circulation and reduces blood pressure.
- Encourages lymph circulation and strengthens immunity.
- Enhances athletic performance and reduces recovery time.
- Provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion.
- Relieves muscle tension and stiffness and reduces muscle spasm
- Improves energy flow
Some of the types of Massage Offered
Probably the most common form of massage. It involves long sweeping strokes, kneading, and friction applied to muscular tissue. The therapist uses oil or lotion as a lubricant to glide over the skin. Swedish Massage is highly effective for many purposes, such as stress relief, increasing circulation, and loosening tense muscles.
Not just for professional athletes; its benefits are available to any physically active person. Sports Massage can be used to pre-vent, to enhance, peak performance and prevent injuries, or post-event to speed recover time, relieve cramping. It can also be used as a maintenance technique to speed healing from common sports injuries, and improve flexiblity and joint range of motion.
Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT)
A variation similar to Swedish massage. It is also referred to as "Deep Tissue Massage." The therapist, using oil, applies deep, specific strokes and cross fiber friction to break up adhesions (or scar tissue) that may be causing chronic pain. Spots of hyperirritability that are painful or create painful or disruptive symptoms are called Trigger Points. Treating these trigger points with NMT techniques can relieve chronic pain and restore function.
No two people are alike. Therefore, no one type of massage suits all people. Our massage therapists variety of skills allows her to use the right approach or combination of approaches that suit your comfort level, preferences, and health goals.
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(517) 381-9730 or email us @ [email protected] with your questions.
Complement to Chiropractic Care
Massage Therapy is an age-old remedy which has proven to be an effective complement to chiropractic care. Both are holistic in nature, and are based on belief in the innate healing power of the body. Together, Chiropractic and massage facilitate the natural healing process by keeping he body in proper alignment and ensuring a free flow of nerve impulses and circulation of fluids.
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