Posts Tagged ‘Massage Therapy’

Ten Benefits of Massage Therapy

September 29, 2020
  • Massage therapy is the healing manipulation of the soft tissues. Also, a massage can be one of the most pleasing experiences a person can enjoy. Since ancient times, massage has been used as a treatment for stress or pain. Interestingly, there are many pluses massage provides that way beyond stress and pain relief.
  • There are a wide class of massages. These are just a few examples:
    • Swedish
    • Thai
    • Hot stone
    • Aromatherapy massage
    • Trigger point
    • Sports
    • Deep tissue
    • Shiatsu
  • It is said the best option is to give them all a try and see what works best for you. Each person seems to have his/her own favorite.
  • See how receiving a massage on a frequent basis can have a great impact on your mental and physical health:
    • 1. Improved sleep. If you’ve never had a massage before, you’ll be amazed by how well you sleep that night. There’s a lot of theories on why massage helps your ability to sleep, but there’s no doubt that it does. If you toss and turn to sleep, get a massage and see for yourself how much it helps you.
    • 2. It corrects the damage of sitting all day. A massage might be the most enjoyable cure for the pain that sitting all day causes to your body. It will help to lift your back and neck. Massage will decompress your spine and make you feel many years younger. If you spend a full day sitting in a chair, a massage is a needed.
    • 3. Massage is a great at calming. You’ll never feel more relaxed than you will after a great massage. It seems to squeeze all the stress out of your physical frame and leave you feeling like a sleepy, relaxed kitten.
    • 4. It increases your white blood cell count. Massage has been shown in numerous health studies to raise white cell count. It improves your immune system and reduces the likelihood of becoming ill.
    • 5. Massage sharpens focus. Focus and relaxation are related. Massage has the ability to free your mind and allow you to focus more sharply. Those that struggle to concentrate on a task often find that massage is helpful in this aspect.
    • 6. Lowered depression symptoms. A routine massage helps to prevent depression. It also reduces the symptoms of depression when you’re feeling down. If you’ve been feeling emotionally down, a massage is worth a try.
    • 7. Enhanced posture. Studies show that massage can help improve your posture. If you’re prone to hanging your head forward or slumping, massage could be the answer. Many people report feeling like they are taller after a massage. This is the result of improved posture and feeling better about ones self.
    • 8. Increased flexibility. Enhanced flexibility is the result. Flexibility is primarily a function of nervous tension. Massage helps to reduce the amount of tension in the muscle.
    • 9. Reduced pain. It might be right thinking to assume that massage would increase pain when you consider that the massage therapist is squeezing, pushing, and pulling on your body. To the contary, the opposite is true. The massage itself could be painful for a brief time, however you’ll feel less pain after the massage than before.
    • 10. Prevention of injury. Massage does great things for your muscles, ligaments, and tendons. A significant number of professional athletes receive regular massages to help prevent and treat injuries.
  • If you have never had a massage, you’re in for a delight. If you have had a massage, why aren’t you having them more frequent? Massage is a great activity to include in your health activity plan.
  • Keep and open mind and ask around for referrals. Based on your location, there are licensed and unlicensed massage therapists. You never know who will work the greatest peace on your body.

Hammertoes or mallet toes and connective tissue

June 29, 2010

The second toe on my right foot use to dip down and it is longer than the first toe. I also walked on the outside of my feet. After taking a Trigger Point Therapy class and learning about improper shoe fitting, which squeezes the fascia together, I was able to learn how to release the fascia. Now my toe is straight and when I walk, my foot hits the ground evenly. This has in turn corrected a knee and hip problem I have had for several years. I think alot of people suffer from this condition and educating them about trigger point therapy could save them from a surgery down the road.

Massage Pathology Dermatology

June 29, 2010

While reviewing this chapter I must admit it is a little stomach turning; but nonetheless, an important chapter to review with regard to skin conditios, learning signs and symptoms of the different skin conditions, how they should be treated in massage or if a massage should even take place. Hygiene and sanitization are an absolute must for the therapist.

Medication and massage

June 29, 2010

A client came in and had taken a strong muscle relaxant for pain in between the spine and scapula. When doing the intake she told me she had taken the medication 4 hours earlier and was also having her menstral cycle. I told her that taking medication does effect what kind of massage you can receive. I have found that people don’t realize the effect massage has on the body other than relaxation. I believe it is important to educate people and not just let the opportunity pass by thinking they may already know. I have had more than one person taking high blood pressure medication with moderately high blood pressure get mad because they cannot have deep tissue massage. Some therapists will give these people a deep massage even though they should not and are risking that client’s health just so the client won’t get mad. When the next therapist comes along not wanting to cause harm, they may get a mad client express their angry opinion.

Chapter 2, Mobsy’s Pathology

June 29, 2010

Review of Mosby’s Pathology for Massage Therapists 2nd edition, by Salvo and Anderson. Within the course of Dr. Johnson.

The school I’m interning at requires 89 hours of intering for a 500 hour certificate/license massage program. One of the most important things I’ve learned is to get the clinet to talk about why they are actually coming in for a massage. Most of clients are in good health and just want 55 minutes of relaxation through massage, so it makes it easier but it’s very important to be a listner during the intake and introduction phase.

Disease Awareness and infection control

June 29, 2010

I volunteered at a local college chair massage event. A woman came in and I did the intake as I always do. She forgot to tell me that she had open sores. One was on the under side of her arm and the other on her neck. I seen the one on her neck before I touched it. The one on her arm was not visible. If I had not evaluated her arm completely I could have touched the blood and contacted a disease, if she had one. I learned it is very important to evaluate all parts of the body and not to just take the clients word on their body’s condition. If I had just grabbed her arm I could have broken the skin and put my own health at risk.

Senior Citizens

June 29, 2010

Review of Mosby’s Pathology for Massage Therapists 2nd edition, by Salvo and Anderson. Within the course of Dr. Johnson.

I am really encouraged by the Chapter 1 Spotlight on Massage that states that movement therapy improves the physical life of senior citizens.  The Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies released an article in January 2002 after doing a study on the matter.  The results were that senior citizens who participated in 50-minute sessions four times within the span of two weeks “. . . improved in their functional motion on the Tinetti scale, and specifically on the gait scale, their leg strength increased, and their leg pain significantly decreased” when compared with the control group.

I have spent time observing the elderly receiving Occupational Therapy.  These patients are in pain and are experiencing a huge decrease in quality of life due to their physical difficulties.  It breaks my heart.  I am glad to see that there are studies being done to help in the ways senior citizens are being treated for their physical ailments.


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