Massage Therapy and Health Benefits of Regular Appointments
Massage therapy can be known as manual manipulation of the soft body tissues enhancing people’s health. These soft tissues are tendons, ligaments, connective tissues, and muscles. Reasons, why people look for massage therapy, is to reduce stress, relax muscles, headaches, sports injuries, digestive reasons among other reasons. For people with fractures, healing wounds, bleeding disorders among other medical conditions, massage therapy may not be advisable. There are different types of massage therapy which are the relaxation massage therapy which is mainly practiced in spas, resorts and other centers. Second, there is the rehabilitative massage therapy which is mainly practiced in clinics and hospitals. Relaxation massage is also called the Swedish massage. Rehabilitative massage can also be called clinical massage or medical massage.
Deep tissue massage therapy uses firm pressure and slow strokes for reaching deepest muscle layers, tendons and also the connective tissues which surround the muscles, joints, and bones known as fascia. It is usually used for chronic aches. It is used to break down muscle adhesions which could disrupt circulation and bring about inflammation and also a pain. At the beginning light pressure is applied on the muscles to warm them up then some specific techniques are then applied. These are the friction where some pressure is applied to the muscles, stripping where deep pressure is applied along the length of the muscles using thumbs, elbows, and arms.
Deep tissue therapy is advantageous since it mainly concentrates on specific problems such as immobility, recovery from injuries, postural problems, low back pains, and also injury rehabilitation. Deep tissue massage can alleviate stress arising from work or other tasks. However deep tissue massage can pose health risks for people with blood clot conditions. Deep tissue massage has some side effects such as bruising.
Reflexology involves the application of pressure to specific points on the feet and hands with specific techniques. Reflexology relieves tension in the body by manipulating specific areas on the feet or hands. Reflexologists divide the body into ten parts five on the left and right. Pressure applied on the feet may transmit signals to the nervous system which may stimulate the nervous system to release chemicals which can reduce stress or pain. Reflexology is not used as to cure health disorders but its main use is to complement other types of treatment for conditions such as cancer treatment, headaches, diabetes, kidney illnesses and also asthma.
Some of the benefits of reflexology include eliminating toxins, cleaning up the urinary tract conditions, speeding up recovery, stimulating nerve functions and also boosting circulation.