What is Therapeutic Massage?

by Krystal Navarro

A therapeutic massage is a slow release, results oriented treatment that is specifically directed to prevent age deterioration or resolve certain conditions that have been diagnosed by a physician. People of all ages can benefit.

Benefits of Massage:

Releases tight and sore muscles which can cause Ischemia (Ischemia: A lack of blood supply to soft tissues, which causes hypersensitivity to the touch and allows for further injury to the tissues.

– Helps relieve nerve compression or entrapment, especially when used as a compliment to Chiropractic care. (Pressure on a nerve by soft tissue, cartilage or bone, which can contribute to muscle atrophy, referred pain, paresthesia, and conditions such as pseudo sciatica, piriformis syndrome, pseudo angina, and others.)

– Deactivates Myofascial Trigger Points (Trigger Points: Areas of high neurological activity, which refer pain to other parts of the body. Research has shown, trigger points may be responsible for as much as 74% of everyday pain.)

– Decreases Pain and Inflammation.

– Post-surgical rehabilitation.

– Alleviates Stress and Improves Circulation.

– Aids in Digestion.

– Increases Flexibility and Range Of Motion.

– Calms the Nervous System. Touch can also signal the brain to produce endorphins, your body’s natural pain suppressors.

– Improves Posture and Coordination.

– Massage is cost effective.  By assisting towards a quicker recovery from acute headaches, neck and back pain, skeletal muscular strains, sprains, etc. you are able to return to a normal productive life.

– Helps to prevent future chronic pain conditions by effectively dealing with the cause of the problem. It is shown in scientific literature that over 80% of the pain is coming from soft tissue injuries, and over 74% is directly attributed to Trigger Points.

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As powerful as Medical Massage Therapy can be, in certain cases it may be contraindicated. Please consult with your physician or health care provider to determine the appropriate treatment protocol.


Massage Benefits

The Health Benefits of Massage

  • Massage has been proven to have numerous health benefits.
  • Massage reduces tension and anxiety.
  • Massage improves blood circulation, which delivers oxygen and nutrients to the cells.
  • Massage stimulates the lymphatic system, which carries away the body’d waste probucts.
  • Massage therapy can help with pain management in conditions such as arthritis, sciatica, muscle spasms, fibromyalgia and more.

In addition to the above massage benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage simply because it involves caring and creating a bond between the patient and the therapist.

However it is important to be realistic about what one massage can achieve. Many people ask for more pressure, thinking that if the therapist just pushes hard enough, they can get rid of all their knots in an hour. This rarely happens. In fact, undoing chronic knots and tension built up over a lifetime is best achieved with an integrated program that includes massage therapy, chiropractic , exercise, fitness and posture. Putting a regular massage program in place can offer you the maximum massage benefits that most people are looking for.


Therapeutic Massage for Wellness

Trending vocabulary can be difficult to interpret.  Both therapeutic and wellness are terms popping up more frequently in healthcare and when paired with massage often cause confusion for clients seeking appropriate bodywork.  

Many times I hear from clients who did not get the soft tissue treatment they expected simply because they unknowingly went to a source specializing in service differing from their need at the time.  In other cases a client might not know the terminology or descriptive words necessary to communicate that need.  So when seeking therapeutic massage for wellness it’s important to understand what is encompassed. You can then look for a good match with the right therapist.

Difference in Technique

Webster defines therapeutic as relating to or curing of disease or serving to maintain health.  In that context  therapeutic massage covers a broad spectrum.  For thoseMassage at Carolina Health Innovations with dis-ease conditions of the body, whether it be cancer or other diagnoses, appropriate therapeutic massage might include application of general long light strokes as seen in Swedish techniques.  When trigger points, scar or adhesive tissue need to be released then therapeutic work would include deeper more focused technique as seen in Deep Tissue or Myofacial Release.  To apply the appropriate treatment to the appropriate condition, then, it’s important that clients are fully descriptive in communicating what they are seeking and that the massage therapist take a careful look at client history and current health.

“Wellness” refers to a condition of good physical and mental health.  Clients might be in a position to take action to attain more wellness or maintain present wellness.  Therefore, a good program for persons seeking therapeutic massage for wellness should be individually assessed and tailored by both the massage therapist and client in order to restore, improve or maintain soft tissue function.  For restorative work, more frequent sessions are initially appropriate.  As tissue health improves, regular work to maintain and continue improvement can be done on a less frequent, but regular basis.  In all cases it is beneficial for clients to establish a frequency of bodywork sessions that suits their own individual needs.  While some clients might need weekly sessions others might require monthly sessions.

Benefits of a Therapeutic Maasage

 What are some ways that therapeutic massage increases wellness?  It will improve blood and lymph flow which brings nutrients to tissues and flushes them of waste products.  Release of trigger points, congested areas and adhesions stretches and lengthens tissues so that range of movement is improved.  Parasympathetic nervous system activity increases resulting in a better sense of well-being and relaxation. Over time, with healthier soft tissue clients note better range of movement and pain reduction.  They can more fully participate in activity and an exercise and stretching program. 

This activity, in turn keeps tissue healthier.  To keep this cycle going it is important not only to receive regular bodywork but to address any developing problems early.  If a client awakens with a neck spasm from sleeping in a poor position then getting massage quickly can eliminate additional complications such as further contraction of surrounding tissue to guard areas or postural imbalance in order to try to compensate for pain.

 Remember that a good therapeutic massage program is flexible, individualized and goal oriented.  You should feel comfortable with your therapist and be able to discuss your needs openly and thoroughly.  When done regularly, bodywork as a part of your total wellness program (including good dietary habits, exercise and stretching) can enable you to enjoy soft tissue health long into your senior years.