A good massage is certainly relaxing, but massage is actually an ancient technique and a cornerstone of therapy in traditional medical disciplines. Our experienced massage therapist, Kim Pearson, LMT, provides a therapeutic massage, which effects change on a muscular level. We recommend patients to have a 30-minute massage with Kim before seeing the chiropractor, Dr. Twila. The massage benefits will last longer if they are done within the same day as chiropractic adjustments.
Not surprisingly, massage can relieve muscle tension. In addition, massage therapy promotes muscle flexibility because it relaxes the muscles, and can improve both the patient's posture and range of motion. Massage therapy relieves stress, and can also lower the blood pressure. Scientific research into massage therapy has found that it is effective in improving circulation and can even strengthen the immune system. Massage has also been found to be effective in treating certain conditions like headaches.
Massage therapists use many of the same techniques, such as stroking, tapping or rubbing muscles, and soft tissue. However, those are just a few of more than 200 different techniques used in massage therapy. Massage includes several dozen distinct styles as well. For relaxation massage therapy, the practitioner uses gentle, flowing strokes - while deep tissue massage involves very firm pressure. The goal of deep tissue massage is to realign muscles and loosen the fascia, a tight sheath that covers the muscle. Swedish massage is a very vigorous style, focused on improving circulation.
The skin contains receptor cells that record even the lightest touch, and humans need touch to survive and thrive. Massage stimulates the receptor cells, which send chemical messages to the brain. In response, the brain releases the “feel good” chemicals known as endorphins, which are also released after intensive exercise. The lymphatic system, which helps drain excess fluid and toxins from the body, is also stimulated by massage therapy.
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