Massage is often viewed as a luxury treatment, an opportunity to relax and unwind after a long day or while at the spa on vacation. However, massage therapy is an effective intervention in the prevention and treatment of a variety of conditions, including arthritis, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, depression, and anxiety. More and more, massage is being incorporated as a part of standard treatment protocols as an adjunct to physical therapy and other interventions.
Some of the health benefits of massage therapy include:
- Stress reduction
- Relief from pain and muscle tension
- Positive feelings of comfort and connection
- Improved energy
Typically, your massage therapist will take your medical history and get an understanding of your current health and what you are hoping to get from the massage. Based on this information, he or she will determine which massage technique is most appropriate for you. The following are common massage therapy treatments.
- Swedish Massage. This gentle form of massage involves long strokes and kneading and commonly employs oils and lotions as a part of the treatment. Swedish Massage is recommended for relieving muscle tension, improving range of motion, alleviating stress, and stimulating energy.
- Deep Tissue Massage. Recommended in the treatment of muscle damage from injuries, deep tissue massage uses deeper, more forceful strokes, which have a greater impact on the muscles and connective tissues.
- Trigger Point Massage. When cramps develop in localized sections of muscle fibers due to strain on the muscle, injury, or prolonged muscle contractions, trigger point massage therapy can be used to target and relieve these sources of discomfort.
Massage therapy is also commonly used before or after physical therapy in order to loosen the muscles and prepare the body for treatment. To learn more about the role of massage therapy in your treatment program, request an appointment with Freehold Physical Therapy today.