Massage Therapy Treatments
Massage therapy can also be referred to as manual manipulation of the soft body tissues enhancing people’s health. These soft tissues include the tendons, ligaments, connective tissues, and muscles. People look for massage therapy for reasons like to reduce stress, relax muscles, headaches, sports injuries, digestive reasons among other reasons. For people with fractures, healing wounds, bleeding disorders among other medical conditions, massage therapy may not be advisable. Types of massage therapy are two main types which are the relaxation massage therapy which is mainly practiced in spas, resorts and other centers. Second, there is the rehabilitative massage therapy which is mainly practiced in clinics and hospitals. The relaxation massage can also be called the Swedish massage. Rehabilitative massage can also be called clinical massage or medical massage.
Deep tissue massage therapy uses firm pressure and slow strokes for reaching deepest muscle layers, tendons and also the connective tissues which surround the muscles, joints, and bones known as fascia. It is mainly used for aches and pains which prove to be chronic. It is used to break down muscle adhesions which could disrupt circulation and bring about inflammation and also a pain. At the beginning light pressure is applied on the muscles to warm them up then some specific techniques are then applied. These techniques include friction where some pressure is applied to the muscles, stripping where deep pressure is applied along the length of the muscles using thumbs, elbows, and arms.
Deep tissue therapy is advantageous since it mainly concentrates on specific problems such as immobility, recovery from injuries, postural problems, low back pains, and also injury rehabilitation. Deep tissue massage provides relief from stress which may be due to work or other tasks. People with medical conditions such as blood clots should avoid participating in deep tissue massage therapy. Deep tissue massage has some side effects such as bruising.
Reflexology is the application of pressure to specific points on the feet and hands with specific techniques. By manipulating specific points on the feet and hands, reflexologist relieve tension in the body. Reflexologists divide the body into ten parts five on the left and right. It is assumed that pressure applied on the feet may transmit signals to the nervous system which may stimulate the nervous system to release chemicals which can reduce stress or pain. Reflexology is used as a way of complementing other treatments for conditions like headaches, diabetes, kidney illnesses and cancer treatments.
Some advantages of reflexology include eliminating toxins, cleaning up the urinary tract conditions, speeding up recovery, stimulating nerve functions and also boosting circulation.