Why get a massage? Maybe, because you deserve it, or because it reduces stress. Did you know that stress is a factor in 97% of all illnesses, injuries and diseases? Who doesn’t deal with stress? Whether it be stress from day-to-day life, or the physical stress from intense athletic activity, massage therapy can be effective when treating a number of conditions caused or causing you stress. Conditions, including arthritis, anxiety, circulatory problems, headaches, lower back pain, recovery from a sports injury, and sleep issues etc.
How can massage therapy aid in treating all of that? Well, massage therapy improves circulation throughout the body, supplying your muscles and other soft tissues with oxygen-rich blood improving cellular regeneration. This helps decrease inflammation, a major symptom of stress that can lead to pain and discomfort as well as decreased flexibility and range of motion. Massage lowers your heart rate and blood pressure. All while relaxing your muscles and increasing endorphin production.
Massage Therapy has been around for over 5,000 years and is the foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Over the years many different types and methods of massage have evolved. Almost every culture has some form of massage treatment to aid in health and recovery.
Massage methods include:
- Myofascial Release Technique: A form of deep tissue massage with specified techniques preformed to release soft tissue adhesions. This technique stretches fascia, increasing mobility between fascia and surrounding structures and muscles with the goal of decreasing pain, and increasing range of motion.
- Infant Massage: Practiced globally, can improve weight gain in low birth weight infants, increases bone density, reduces cortisol, and much more.
- Lymphatic Drainage: A technique used to stimulate the lymphatic system, and reduce localized swelling.
- Sports massage: Commonly involving kneading and manipulation of muscles, joint mobilization and joint manipulation. A physical treatment to treat pain and disability.
- Swedish massage or the “Classic Massage”: This massage can be light or the therapist can work very deep. This type of massage uses 5 common strokes. These strokes have been proven to help with reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis.
At Resolve Physio and Wellness, we resolve to provide the ultimate client experience. Massage therapy is one of the many services we offer to help you move, perform, and live better. Please call 780 395 9170 to find out more about massage therapy or any of the other services offered at Resolve Physio and Wellness
Resolve to move better. Resolve to perform better. Resolve to live better.
– Stacey Chuchmuch, RMT