Massage therapy has been used for centuries as a therapeutic treatment.
It is widely accepted as an effective treatment for reducing stress, for relieving muscle pain and stiffness, and for aiding in rehabilitation.
Massage works by loosening tight, strained or spastic muscle fibers. These muscles are often painful and can usually be seen in conditions ranging from whiplash and tendonitis to headaches, or simply as a sore back. Tight muscles may impede circulation or press on nerves as in certain cases of sciatica. For someone who is suffering pain from these conditions the results of massage can be very dramatic.
The benefits of massage are not limited solely to muscular problems. Massage can be used in the treatment of insomnia, constipation or respiratory conditions, such as bronchitis. It can increase circulation and therefore, decrease oedema (swelling), as well as being helpful in the rehabilitation of many conditions, from fractures and sprains, to post-operative conditions.
Other conditions which massage therapy provides benefit are:
motor vehicle accident injuries and,
repetitive strain injuries
spinal cord injuries
cerebral palsy and
post-surgical recovery and
senior citizen’s aches and pains
It is also commonly used in alleviating many of the discomforts of pregnancy and colic in babies. In some instances the effects of massage seem similar to those of pharmaceutical treatments, however massage is an intuitively appealing alternative for many individuals, including pregnant women, who are wary of drug-related solutions.
Although the full potential of massage as a health-care resource has not yet been identified or explored, there are an increasing number of research studies which provide scientific support for the benefits of massage