How Pain Relief Massage Therapy Could Help You
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Recent studies have suggested that, far superior to traditional medicine which only masks the problem, the most effective way to relieve and ultimately heal pain is through massage.
Whether you suffer from migraines, a sports or repetitive strain injury such as Golfer's Elbow, or common back and neck pain, you can rest assured there will be an approach to help restore your body back to health and flexibility.
Depending on the nature of your injury, you may be able to tolerate very little pressure at first. But be assured, professional massage therapist are highly qualified experts in the anatomy, and will be able to help relieve your discomfort, even if it feels like they're doing nothing at all to begin with. As your pain decreases over time, your treatment will be adapted so.
Your therapist will give you a full consultation to discuss the most effective treatment for you. There are a range of modalities designed to heal pain, but the right one for you will be determined by you and your therapist.
Deep Tissue Massage can sound daunting at first, but contrary to popular belief, it's not all about the pressure applied. This form of therapy is only practiced by the most skilled and experienced therapists with advanced knowledge of anatomy, kinesiology and physiology.
This treatment involves your therapist reaching through the superficial muscles and treating the underlying muscles beneath them. It can be incredibly effective for a number of complaints, namely tension headaches, sciatica, accident rehabilitation and sports injuries.
Another form of therapy is Trigger Point Massage. This is used to treat 'trigger points', which is where a spasm within a particular muscle in your body creates referred pain elsewhere. This will range in intensity from person to person, but can be excruciating. The treatment is relatively gentle, however, and will be tailored specifically to you and your body.
Your therapist will work by relaxing the rouse of the spasm through cycles of pressure and release. The treatment will need some effort on your part, as you will need to give feedback as to the place and intensity of your discomfort throughout the treatment. You will also be taught breathing techniques to make the procedure more effective.
Sports Massage can be highly effective if you have a sports-related injury, or are trying to prevent them in the future. If you partake in a particular sport, whether it's running or boxing, your therapist will work with you to work on areas which are commonly stressed from repetitive movement.
This kind of treatment will be fully tailored to your body's unique needs, and will help improve your flexibility and overall performance by targeting muscle tendon junctions.
Swedish Massage is practiced all over the world. The primary goal of this technique is to relax the entire body, so it is more of a passive treatment. Your therapist will rub your muscles with long, gliding strokes in the direction of the blood flowing to the heart.
Every therapist worth their salt will tell you that no two bodies are the same. Whatever your affliction, your treatment should be fully tailored to you and your body, with each session designed to meet your needs at the time.
The best possible treatment won't follow a specific routine, but will join a range of these techniques, and will be specifically designed by your therapist to match your needs.
By Micaela Liem