What is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is the manipulation of the body’s soft tissues in order to reduce muscle tension, help regulate blood circulation, enhance healing, and reduce pain. It incorporates many manual techniques that include applying fixed or movable pressure to soft tissue as well as holding or moving the patient’s body.
Although massage has been seen as a method of relaxation, massage therapy is a medical treatment that is rooted in medical science. There were periods when it fell out of favor in the medical community, but it is regarded today as a viable form of alternative medicine.
What are the Benefits of Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy has many documented clinical benefits. For example, a massage from a licensed massage therapist can help reduce anxiety and physical pain, improve pulmonary function in asthma patients, and improve motor development in infants that were born prematurely. Other benefits include:
- Improving range-of-motion
- Promote healing in patients with pulled muscles and other soft tissue injuries
- Reduce muscle stiffness
- Promote a more relaxed state of mental awareness
What Conditions Can Be Treated through Massage Therapy?
In many cases, massage therapy is a palliative treatment. This means that it is used to treat the symptoms associated with other conditions. It has proven to be effective in treating a number of health conditions, however. Some of these include:
- Chronic pain
- Tension headaches
- Digestive disorders
- Sports injuries
Contact Dr. Shane Silver
Dr. Shane Silver has been providing quality chiropractic care and massage therapy for over 13 years to residents in his home town of Jacksonville, Florida. If you would like to learn more about his services or find out how massage therapy can benefit you, visit him online at www.drshanesilver.com today.