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How does targeted massage treat muscle spasm?

Gerald M. Silverman
Chiropractic Medicine

Targeted massage is designed to disrupt the adhesions and chemical bonds that hold the muscles in spasm. When you apply targeted massage, blood, oxygen, and nutrient flow to the muscle is increased; waste products are removed; movement is restored; and nerves become stimulated to produce painblocking impulses. The relief may be temporary at first, but as time goes on the benefits become more substantial and longer lasting. Targeted massage begins by identifying as exactly as possible the site of the offending muscle spasm.

Identifying the site makes the massage and stretching more specific and more productive. If you don't properly identify a specific site, you're using the therapies like a shotgun, blasting away at large regions hoping to hit something.

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