Many people get a massage to help with relaxation and stress relief, but massage therapy can also be used to treat so much more. Massages focus on everything from injury-specific needs to promoting overall health and wellness. At Baptist Rehab, our massage therapists treat a spectrum of patients - from those who may suffer from chronic pain, headaches, dysfunction from a sports injury to those who need general relaxation.
Practiced as a healing therapy for centuries and around the world, massage helps relieve muscle tension, reduce stress and evoke feelings of calmness. Although massage affects the whole body, it particularly benefits musculoskeletal, circulatory, lymphatic, and nervous systems.
Your massage therapist will first ask you about any symptoms you may have (like low back pain) and your medical history. You may also talk about what you expect to achieve from the massage session and any goals you have for your massage therapy treatments.
Benefits of Massage
In general, researchers believe massage therapy:
- Supports healing
- Boosts energy
- Reduces recovery time after an injury
- Eases pain
- Enhances relaxation, mood and well-being
Do I Need Massage Therapy?
You may benefit from massage therapy if you:
- Feel stressed and anxious
- Have tense or stiff muscles
- Dealing with depression
- Experience in your back, shoulder, neck or hip
- Suffer from headaches
- Lacking quality sleep
- Have limited range of motion
- Have an uneven or weak posture
- Started working out, exercise often or are training
What Conditions Does Massage Therapy Treat?
Massage therapy is also used as a supplemental treatment option for some medical conditions. Here are just a few conditions massages can help with:
- Musculoskeletal problems, such as low back pain, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, sprains and strains.
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Cognitive and memory exercises
- Chronic constipation
- Sleep disorders
What Does Massage Therapy Involve?
There are many massage techniques. Each technique is uniquely designed to achieve a specific goal and fit your needs.
- Swedish massage
- Deep Tissue
- Trigger point release
- Sports massage
- Pregnancy massage
- Active release technique
- Healing touch
- Muscle energy technique