Are your muscles sore and aching? Do you find getting out of bed more and more difficult? Tension and soreness are common problems. Massage could help you find relief.
A massage therapist works the soft tissues such as muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia. They relax the body by using their hands to apply pressure, stretch, and move tissues. There are different techniques and approaches. This ancient therapy has been shown to lessen the strength and frequency of pain and soreness, and improve the overall function of the body. So how does it work?
Soft tissue damage can respond well to movement and manipulation. Massage is thought to increase blood and lymph circulation, probably due to the chemicals that are released as part of the muscle relaxation response. Better circulation delivers more oxygen and nutrients to muscle cells and as cellular health improves, tissues function more efficiently and healing can begin.
Massage can reduce muscle soreness after a workout. It can lessen foot pain, helping feet to function better. People with wear and tear in their knees have less stiffness and pain after care. Neck discomfort and headaches may be eased and movement increased. It may also help lessen stress.
Many chiropractors work with massage therapists in the clinic. Your chiropractor may recommend massage therapy as part of an individualised treatment plan to address soft tissue problems. If you want to know if massage therapy will help, speak to your chiropractor.