MASSAGE THERAPY

Massage is the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue to enhance function, aid in the healing process, and promote relaxation and well-being.There is no question that conservative therapy is the best option for those suffering with a Repetitive Strain Injury. From Trigger Finger to Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, conservative therapy produces the best results, limited side effects (if any), quicker results and long-lasting relief.

There are many types of conservative treatments that provide a variety of positive benefits to the user. Massage Therapy is a terrific conservative treatment that provides good results by itself, and even greater results when combined with a stretch and exercise routine.Massage involves acting on and manipulating the body with pressure – structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving – tension, motion, or vibration, done manually or with mechanical aids. Target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, skin, joints, or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels, or organs of the gastrointestinal system. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearm, and feet. There are over eighty different recognized massage modalities.The most cited reasons for introducing massage as therapy have been client demand and perceived clinical effectiveness.

Deep tissue massage: Deep tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia. This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity (such as athletes), and patients who have sustained physical injury. It is not uncommon for receivers of deep tissue massage to have their pain replaced with a new muscle ache for a day or two. Deep tissue work varies greatly.The term “deep tissue” is often misused to identify a massage that is performed with sustained deep pressure. Deep tissue massage is a separate category of massage therapy, used to treat particular muscular-skeletal disorders and complaints and employs a dedicated set of techniques and strokes to achieve a measure of relief. It should not be confused with “deep pressure” massage, which is one that is performed with sustained strong, occasionally intense pressure throughout an entire full-body session, and that is not performed to address a specific complaint. Deep tissue massage is applied to both the superficial and deep layers of muscles, fascia, and other structures. The sessions are often quite intense as a result of the deliberate, focused work. When a client asks for a massage and uses the term “deep tissue”, more often than not he or she is seeking to receive a full-body session with sustained deep pressure throughout. If a practitioner employs deep tissue techniques on the entire body in one session, it would be next to impossible to perform; it might lead to injury or localized muscle and nerve trauma, thereby rendering the session counterproductive.

Foot Massage Therapy:Manually, manipulating or kneading the soft tissues in your feet to relieve discomfort, pain, stress and promote wellness and health is known as foot massage.Massage has the power to free you from the stress that has been built up on your feet. Actually, massage is a way to manage and deal with intense pain.
Massage causes physiological effects that help in comforting our body. See Foot massage for diabetics also.

  • Our foot is the major hub of important pressure points and nerve endings of our body.
  • If pressure is applied to key regions of the foot, you will be able to see a rise in the level of activity of nerve impulses in respective organs.
  • The technique involved in foot massage has the ability to relieve the body from pain and stiffness caused by severe use of your muscles for a longer period of time.
  • Foot massage therapy has many benefits.
  • Not only does it pamper the tired feet but also provides emotional benefits as well.
  • The tension in the muscles of an ankle or feet can be relieved by a foot massage which reduces stress and results in relaxation.

Benefits of Foot Massage Techniques:

  • Recuperation of the body and development of flexibility of muscles
  • Improves blood circulation to all parts of the body and benefit our organs through stimulation.
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  • Energizes our body and keep it active throughout the day.
  • Helps in releasing pain and stress of the ears, temples, head, chest and eyes as well
  • Studies indicate that patients who take regular foot massages have significant decrease in the stress levels, anxiety and respiratory rates and increase in white blood cells and natural killer cell activity resulting in a better immune system.
  • Foot massage therapy not only relaxes but also has a healing effect.
  • This reason has initiated medical establishments to include this as one of their effective and best therapies. See also Massage for bunions.
  • A foot massage therapy provides greater flexibility and range of motion, also treats injuries caused due to sport or work.
  • A regular foot massage therapy keeps an individual more alert and helps him/her perform better in their day-to-day lives, goes a long way towards maintenance of good health.

Medical Massage is a controversial term in the massage profession.Many use it to describe a specific technique. Others use it to describe a general category of massage and many methods such as deep tissue massage, myofascial release and triggerpoint therapy as well as reiki, osteopathic techniques, cranial-sacral techniques and many more can be used to work with various medical conditions. Massage used in the medical field includes decongestive therapy used for lymphedema which can be used in conjunction with the treatment of breast cancer. Light massage is also used in pain management and palliative care. Carotid sinus massage is used to diagnose carotid sinus syncope and is sometimes useful for differentiating supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) from ventricular tachycardia. It, like the valsalva maneuver, is a therapy for SVT.However, it is less effective than management of SVT with medications.

The integration of Massage Therapy, stretches, exercises and hydrotherapy is a highly effective treatment protocol for many types of injuries. An example of a treatment sequence for a ‘chronic injury’, no matter the affected area, should follow along these lines:

  • Hydrotherapy Heat – Heat to increase circulation to the area, making the soft tissues relaxed and pliable.
  • Massage Phase-I – Specific massage treatment utilizing Trigger Point Release techniques to release muscle spasm and Transverse Friction Massage to break down adhesions.
  • Stretch – Stretch overly restrictive tissues to increase their length and reduce their compression of underlying tissues.
  • Exercise – Perform strengthening exercises for the affected tissues in order to reduce tensile strain on the injured area, heal micro-tears and increase healing nutrients to the injured area. Strong muscles create stability and prevent future reoccurrence of micro-tears to a previously affected area.
  • Massage Phase-II – Perform light Petrissage and Effleurage towards the heart to remove the toxins created from undergoing Trigger Point Release, Transverse Friction Massage, stretches and exercises.
  • Hydrotherapy Cold – Cool the injured tissues in an elongated position as to not lose range-of-motion (ROM) of the affected tissues and to further remove toxins from the area.

Massage Therapy and the involvement of the techniques listed above are very effective in eliminating chronic Repetitive Strain Injuries.

Massage Tips:Many forms of massage therapy are available, and it always pays to ask a massage therapist what types of therapy he or she has studied. One that I recommend is trigger-point therapy (also known as neuromuscular therapy). This technique applies concentrated pressure to so-called trigger points, which are areas of irritability in the muscle that may feel like lumps or knots. They are often painful and can sometimes lead to pain in other parts of the body. Trigger-point therapy applies sufficient pressure to these areas to relax the muscles – and it stretches the surrounding muscles to help prevent recurrence