Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy

Massage is often used as an adjunct therapy for a number of conditions, including back pain and chemotherapy. It has been shown to be an effective means to relieve stress. Massage can be an important part of sports medicine as it helps to improve circulation and alleviate muscle cramping. Specific techniques for self massage may help with tired eyes, neck and even hands. Therapeutic massage from a competent therapist is sometimes combined with chiropractic care. Take care when selecting a massage therapist, as the adult entertainment industry is well known for non-therapeutic massageit's important to draw the distinction if seeking healthcare-related work.

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    There are a pair arteries inside the neck vertebrae that supply blood to vital (subconscious) parts of the brain. Neck stiffness caused by stress, excessive computer use, head and neck trauma, bad posture, etc. reduce this blood flow to cause fatigue, headaches, dizziness, panic attacks, insomnia, and poor functioning of the immune system.

    Neck massage, as well as yoga exercises, help to relieve that stiffness and rectify or prevent the above problems.

    The brain floats in a fluid called CSF which also supplies glucose and some oxygen to the brain. Tightness of the neck muscles, reduce this fluid circulation, causing fatigue, headaches, poor concentration and memory, etc. Neck massage relieves the stiffness and improves the brain's functions.

    In the erect position, the neck muscles are forced to contract for a long period of time and so they collect lactic acid which causes neckache. Neck massage alleviates that problem.

    One should massage the neck while taking a shower. It is advised to have proper neck and upper back massages once or twice  a month, especially for those who use computers a lot, are stressed, travel a lot, or have insomnia.


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    It's a type of massage that literally uses hot stones to melt away tension and stress. Placing the stones in key areas leads to relaxation, somewhat like a heating pad.

    Remember, you should never use this therapy as a substitute for more conventional treatments you're receiving for a specific problem. Instead, seek it out as a helpful add-on to current therapies. Also, make sure a qualified professional is treating you. To find a qualified massage therapist, talk to your doctor and check with an integrated health center (many major medical centers now offer these).Also look online; there are national associations for massage therapists and they offer provider locator searches.

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    Aston-Patterning, an offshoot of Rolfing, is a muscle manipulation system developed by dancer Judith Aston with the goal of re-educating muscle movement  Aston combined exercises, much like an ergonomics lesson, with a gentler form of Rolfing. Because it targets chronic muscle problems, it is highly regarded by dancers and athletes.

    The Aston-Patterning practitioner examines you for muscle tightness and structural formation, then depending on the findings, uses a combination of massage and education techniques to teach you how to retrain your muscles.  Using a special "spiraling" technique, the therapist will work to relax your muscles and loosen tight joints, permitting the body to revert to a healthier posture. The therapist will also teach you special fitness exercises to help keep muscle patterns healthy as well as make environmental suggestions, such as changing the height of your computer chair or side supports to keep the spine aligned.
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    Massage can warm and relax back muscles and improve blood flow. While gentle massages may be pleasurable, no improvements in self-rated pain were found among sufferers of acute low back pain.

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    Dr. Tasneem Bhatia - How does targeted massage treat muscle pain?

    Targeted massage can help relieve pain by releasing muscle tension, says integrative medicine specialist Dr. Tasneem Bhatia. Find out more by watching this video.


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    "Massage therapy encompasses many different techniques. In general, therapists press, rub, and otherwise manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. They most often use their hands and fingers, but may use their forearms, elbows, or feet."  ~from http://nccam.nih.gov/health/massage/
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    No, there are actually many different types of massage therapy. Some therapies emphasize a very light touch, others apply deep pressure. Some use external implements, including hot rocks. Among the massage therapies that people can choose from:
    • Swedish Massage: This is the one with which most people are familiar. Its flowing, kneading, and passive joint movements release tensions and promote general relaxation.
    • Reflexology: Hands, feet, and ear pressure points are massaged to promote general well-being.
    • Lymph Drainage Therapy: Light pressure facilitates increased movement of lymph fluid and enhances your body's immune response. It's used to complement treatment of auto-immune disorders, cancer treatments, and surgery.
    • Hot Stone Massage Therapy: This uses a variety of large and small smooth heated stones to melt away tension and stress, resulting in deep relaxation.
    Remember, if you just need to relax, then you can probably rely solely on massage as your form of therapy. But if you're fighting a specific health problem (physical or mental) then you should understand that massage is not a substitute for your regular treatment; it's a positive add-on.
    To find a qualified massage therapist, talk to your doctor and check with an integrated health center (many major medical centers now offer these).Also look online; there are national associations for massage therapists and they offer provider locator searches.
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    See a body worker on a regular basis. "Body work" is a general term referring to therapies involving touch, including various massage techniques, chiropractic spinal adjustment and manipulation, Rolfing, reflexology, shiatsu, and many more. All these techniques can work wonders. So, which one to choose is really a matter of personal preference. Find a technique or practitioner that you really like and incorporate body work into your routine. I have been fortunate to have experienced a broad range of body work from Rolfing and deep tissue massage to more gentle techniques like Trager massage, Feldenkais, and craniosacral therapy. My experience has led me to the conclusion that the therapist is more critical to the outcome than the technique. How do you find such a person? Word of mouth is probably the best method.

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    During labor some women become anxious and tense their muscles. Massage is a useful tool to help the woman cope with labor and to relax her muscles. When relaxed, the woman is able to focus her energy on the work of labor and the birth of her baby.

    During labor massage localized to specific areas of the body is especially useful. Many women experience tightness in the shoulders and neck area or in the upper thighs related to positioning during some procedures. Also effleurage or gentle, rhythmic stroking of the abdomen is found to be comforting to many women.

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    You can use the foam roller for self-myofascial release everyday.  This is a great way to release tension in tight muscles.  On days when you do workout, it is best to perform SMR (foam rolling) both before your workout, as part of your warm up, and after your workout, as part of your cool down/stretching. 
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