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Therapeutic massage is the manipulation of the muscles and soft tissues of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, and stress. There are many styles and types of massage therapy. Our therapist can help you find one that fits your needs.

 

How Can Massage Be Medically Beneficial?

 
Massage therapy has risen above the term “alternative therapy”. Current day, it’s a vital part of the health care practices of many people living in today's stress-heavy world. Traditional healthcare facilities throughout North America are finally recognizing the important therapeutic benefits that massage therapy lends its patients. Of late, massage therapy has become integral to the health care industry. It’s used to treat every patient  imaginable – those with illnesses, chronic diseases, and also average people who are looking to attain a higher sense of well-being, and inner and outer harmony. Recently, Health Forum released   their annual survey, conducted on behalf of the American Massage Therapy Association(AMTA). The new national survey polled hospitals and clinics across the nation on their use of massage  therapy. The survey revealed that the number of hospitals that now offer massage therapy as a patient service has increased by more than one third over the past two years. This means that American hospitals have recognized the benefits that massage affords patients, and as a result 71 percent are now offering massage therapy for stress management, patient comfort, improved joint   and muscle mobility, pregnancy, physical therapy, infant care, as part of their post-and-per-operative regimes and to comfort those in hospice facilities.


Of those surveyed:

67% now offer massage to patients experiencing chronic pain, such as fibromyalgia.

52% of those hospitals surveyed have incorporated massage into their cancer care programs. 

52% now offer massage to physically-challenged or rehab patients to improve mobility.

67% of those hospitals surveyed even offer massage to their staff to cut down on work-related stress and illnesses.


Solid research has proven that massage therapy can:

Boost the immune system

Significantly lower blood pressure

Comfort those going through drug or alcohol withdrawal

Sooth chronic joint and muscle pain

Battle fatigue

Ease stress

Combat depression

 

What Is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy is fast-growing profession, for for several reasons. Two decades ago,

massage therapy was virtually unknown. But in the interim, public interest has grown. Many insurance companies have started to recognize the benefits of skilled practitioners. Consumer interest coupled with insurance company funding has led to more practicing therapists and more accreditation programs.

Massage therapy is a hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues and joints of the body. The soft tissues include muscle, skin, tendons and associated fascia, ligaments and joint capsules.

Massage has many diverse physiological effects, which are primarily due to the therapist's

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hands moving over the body. The different movements can physically stretch muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia, encourage the circulation through the tissue, inhibit muscular spasms and be either sedating or stimulating to the nervous system.

The psychological benefits of massage shouldn't be ignored, either. Stress-related illnesses are bad for people and bad for the economy. Our emotional state impacts on our physical health, so an improvement in the former, through massage, can impact the latter.

For novices to massage therapy there is little to fear. The overwhelming majority of massage techniques, in addition to aspiring to have a therapeutic effect, feel good. Discuss your comfort level with your therapist. A good practitioner will adjust the session to maximize your comfort.

As with all forms of private healthcare, "buyer beware" is a good maxim. Before booking a session, ask about the qualifications of the masseuse, and don't be awed by long words or lofty-sounding credentials. And don't be embarrassed - it's your money and your health. If she or he claims to have massage therapy certification from a reputable school, look the college up on the Internet and see if it looks legitimate. Massage therapy is an umbrella term that encompasses a lot of dedicated professionals, but also more than a few swindlers.

It's worth taking the time to find a qualified practitioner. The therapeutic use of recognized massage techniques by a registered massage therapist affects all the systems of the body in particular, the muscular, circulatory, lymphatic (immune) and nervous systems.

No wonder so many people find massage therapy so helpful in so many ways!


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