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Massage therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine that is effective in relieving and preventing the symptoms of many different conditions, as well as improving the patient’s overall quality of life by promoting relaxation and comfort. This form of treatment is safe, simple and effective for most patients, offering many benefits and little to no risks.
At S.M.A.R.T. Spine Institute & Surgery Center, we offer patients a wide range of massage therapy services designed to treat individual conditions and promote overall health and well-being. Many of our patients have reported significant improvements to pain and other symptoms.
Types of Massage Therapy
There are several different types of massage therapy, each designed to produce results that target specific symptoms in the affected area. Some of the most common types of massages include:
|Swedish massage – This form involves long strokes, kneading and friction on the targeted muscles to promote joint movement and flexibility.|
|Deep tissue massage – Uses patterns of strokes and deep pressure to relieve tightness or knotting in the deep layers of muscles.|
|Trigger point massage – This type uses deep, focused pressure on certain trigger points within the muscles that may cause pain throughout the body.|
|Shiatsu massage – Uses rhythmic pressure on different parts of the body to stimulate the flow of energy.|
These are only some of the many types of massage therapy that can be performed. Your doctor will determine a treatment plan that is specifically designed to treat your individual condition so that you feel you best after treatment.
How Does Massage Therapy Work?
Massage therapy involves stimulating the soft tissues within the body to increase blood flow and stimulate the healing process. Your massage therapist utilizes specific techniques that will stimulate the response needed for your individual condition. Massages can be used to:
|Release chemicals such as serotonin and endorphins|
|Block pain signals|
|Reduce stiffness and muscle tension|
|Improve breathing by relaxing the diaphragm|
|Improve range of motion and flexibility|
|Lower blood pressure|
|Reduce stress and anxiety|
|Promote circulation and eliminate toxins|
|Speed up the healing process for injuries|
Massage treatments are recommended on a regular basis in order to maintain the results and keep symptoms under control. Aside from treating specific symptoms, massage therapy is a valuable form of treatment that can improve a patient’s overall quality of life.
Conditions Treated with Massage Therapy
Massage therapy has been proven effective in improving a wide range of health conditions, aside from those involving the musculoskeletal system, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, injuries and arthritis. Some of these other conditions may include:
|Sleep apnea and insomnia|
In addition to relieving symptoms of these conditions, massage therapy also promotes relaxation and improve energy levels, helping patients feel better overall.
Is Massage Therapy Safe?
Massage therapy is considered a safe treatment option with minimal side effects or risks. Mild side effects may include temporary pain or discomfort, bruising and swelling. Some patients may experience damaged blood vessels, fever or deep vein thrombosis after massage therapy, but these side effects are extremely rare. Patients who are pregnant, have cancer, or have heart problems should talk to their doctor before undergoing this treatment.
It is important for patients to only seek massage therapy from a licensed massage therapist, chiropractor or physical therapist. Receiving treatment from an unlicensed therapist may increase your risk of side effects and complications after treatment.
At S.M.A.R.T. Spine Institute & Surgery Center, we have several licensed massage therapists on staff to help relieve pain and other symptoms for patients of all ages. To learn more about the massage therapy services we offer, please call us today to schedule a consultation and come one step closer to a better you.