What is Massage?
Everything you wanted to know about massage therapy
Whether you suffer from chronic back pain, or arthritis, or you want to reduce your stress or muscle tension, you can consider going for massage therapy. Massage is one of the oldest and the simplest forms of alternative medical care. It has many medical and therapeutic health benefits. Massage reduces muscle tension, induces a feeling of relaxation and calmness, reduces stress, and improves the body’s natural healing process by promoting better blood circulation in the body and by relieving the pressure from the body’s trigger points.
What is massage therapy?
Massage therapy is a broad term that encompasses a wide range of techniques and methods. The therapists press, rub, and manipulate the muscles and soft tissues of the body that may have got tight or over-strained. Massage therapists usually use their hands and fingers. They use their elbows, forearms, and feet if required.
The therapists make use of oils and creams to reduce friction on the skin. Depending on the individual problem and the needs of the patient, the massage session can last for a few minutes to even an hour.
Several scientific studies and researches have revealed the effectiveness of massage therapy. Massage therapy is found to be quite effective in combating stress and anxiety, lowering blood pressure, promoting deeper breathing, reducing injury risk, and enhancing the performance. Massage is also found to be helpful for people who suffer from headaches, migraines, back pain, shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and HIV/AIDS.
Who is the best candidate?
People who are interested in getting massage must consult their medical care giver if they can get the same. Their healthcare provider can help find the appropriate massage therapist for them, depending on their medical condition. It is not advisable to postpone or avoid conventional medical care when getting massage therapy. Further, one must discuss one’s medical health condition and history with the massage therapist to avoid any complications. Based on the individual condition and needs of the patient, the therapist would devise the correct massage therapy techniques and methods to achieve the desired results. People with following health problems should avoid getting massage Bleeding disorders Fractures Blood clots Skin infections Weakened bones
Very few risks and side-effects are associated with the massage therapy. Side effects and risks of massage therapy include, Temporary pain Discomfort Swelling Bruising Allergy to massage oils Redness or rashes When performed by trained and qualified therapist and when proper cautions are followed, the risks and side-effects are significantly reduced.
What is the Cost?
The average cost of massage therapy is $60 -$150 per hour. The price can however vary depending on the region and the training and the experience of the therapist.