When was the last time you had a professional massage, and what were your reasons for doing it? A lot of people would answer that they had at least one treatment during the past three months, and that their reason was basically to relax and unwind. Work-related stress is also a very common reason for massage treatments. The shoulders and back are areas that tend to get especially tense with a lot of today’s office jobs.
But there are also many people, believe it or not, who have sought massage therapy services in the recent past not to reward themselves, de-stress, or unwind while on vacation – but in order to address very particular health concerns. What kinds of health concerns would these be, and is massage therapy actually an effective treatment tool?
1. Pain relief
There are many different types of chronic pain, and many of them stem from tension in the muscles, poor circulation, and constant stress. There are also many instances of chronic pain that stem from specific traumas or injuries. Finding out whether massage therapy can help alleviate your pain is largely a matter of personal experience. When in doubt as to whether a specific trauma or injury could benefit from massage (and what the timeline might be), consulting with your doctor and/or physical therapist is the best way forward.
Fibromyalgia is a debilitating condition that leads to acute tenderness and pain. The symptoms may be specific to certain parts of the body, or may occur throughout the whole body at once. People who suffer from this condition often experience significant consequences in their health, social lives, and psychological wellness. Professional massage therapy can have a positive effect on fibromyalgia by helping to restore muscular balance, reducing pain and sensitivity, increasing circulation, and promoting healing. Sufferers of fibromyalgia are often hesitant to visit a massage therapist because they believe the treatments will hurt. An experienced practitioner should know how to talk to and treat sufferers of this condition, and how to alleviate their concerns.
Obviously, pregnancy is not a health problem – it’s one of the most exciting things in life. However, it deserves to be included on this list simply because many different health problems can occur during the course of pregnancy. Lower back pain is among the most common, especially in the later phases of pregnancy. Women who seek prenatal massage naturally have concerns that the treatment will be safe and beneficial for both mother and baby – that’s why it’s important to seek treatment from a professional who is experienced and trained in this particular area.
Sciatica is a painful condition that results from a pinched or pressured nerve at the base of the spine. This particular nerve – the Sciatic nerve – is the largest nerve in the body. When pressured or pinched, the pain can extend all the way down one or both legs. Professional massage therapy can improve circulation and relax tense muscle around this area, bringing meaningful and lasting relief to many patients.
Do you have any of the above conditions? Consider incorporating massage therapy into your life for natural, drug-free, surgery-free relief and enhanced personal wellness. Good luck!