Therapeutic massage; how can it help you? Repetitive actions and everyday stresses can cause problems that sometimes seem to take up permanent residence in our bodies. If tension, pain or restricted movements keep you from living the life you want, therapeutic massage can help. A gentle, effective therapy can relieve pain and help heal certain conditions and prevent their return.
Research shows that massage decreases muscle tension, increases circulation and calms the nervous system. The result is a cascade of physical and mental benefits that can help alleviate a wide variety of conditions. Some examples are listed below:
- Stress; e.g. work related, fatigue, insomnia
- Tight and painful muscles; e.g. muscle cramps, clenched jaw or tight shoulders
- Post-exercise soreness; e.g. after a vigorous exercise the body can build-up of waste products known as ‘lactic acid’ which can leave your muscles feeling tired and sore.
- Pain or tingling in your arms or legs; e.g. muscle spasms in the neck, shoulder or hip from contracted muscles that press on the nerves.
- Injuries; e.g. tendinitis, ligament sprains or muscle strains
- Secondary pain; e.g. headaches from eyestrain
- Injury prevention; e.g. injuries that may be caused by stressing unbalanced muscle groups
- Pain or restriction in joints; e.g. arthritis
- Fluid retention; e.g. caused by a recent injury, surgery or pregnancy
- Postural problems; e.g. abnormal spinal curvatures such as scoliosis
- The ill-effects of restricted activity; e.g. when you are forced to limit physical activity because of injury, surgery, paralysis or even normal ageing.