Therapeutic massage involves the manipulation of your skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments (also known as your soft tissues) through rubbing, kneading, pressing. Because it takes many aspects of your health into account, it’s considered a whole-person, holistic therapy. Massage comes in many forms, ranging from those that involve light, gentle strokes to those that use deep, kneading pressure.
The manipulation of soft tissues stimulates the transmission of electrical signals, both in the area that’s being massaged, as well as throughout your body. Combined with the healing power of touch, these signals help alleviate tension and pain, create a sense of calm, stimulate circulation, heal muscle damage, and activate your lymphatic system to clear waste products. Massage also prompts the release of endorphins and reduces stress hormone levels.
There are roughly 100 different techniques of massage and bodywork, and each one is designed to meet certain needs or achieve specific goals.
Common massage techniques include:
Although having just one massage can leave you feeling relaxed and energized, the benefits of regular massage therapy can go much further. Making massage a routine part of your health and wellness routine can help:
Therapeutic massage is also an excellent complementary therapy to chiropractic care. When used together, each technique enhances the other to promote healing more efficiently and effectively.
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