Though massage therapy has made a sweeping comeback in the last ten years, it has actually been around for thousands of years. Ancient cultures like the Persians and Egyptians used massage therapy to address various illnesses. Hippocrates even wrote about how beneficial this form of therapy could be to sore muscles and joints.
No one will argue with you about how great it feels to have someone rub your feet after a long day’s work. The rubbing motion increases blood flow in your feet and just feels great. This same action occurs in your body during a therapeutic massage. As your muscles are worked, they produce by-products like carbon dioxide, adenosine and hydrogen ions. These beneficial by-products move from muscles to capillaries and as they do, the blood vessels expand. As they expand, blood flow continues to increase.
Even your autonomic nervous system gets involved stimulating nerve endings as far away as the heart. That’s why a great deep tissue massage feels good all over, not just in the area that’s being massaged.
Uses for Massage Therapy
These days, massage therapy is a valued portion of any physical rehabilitation program. It has also proven effective for a number of chronic conditions, and is highly recommended by most doctors to patients suffering with arthritis, low back pain, and other aches and pains from strenuous activities. In the locker room of any sports club you’ll find a massage therapist. Those athletes run, jump, tackle each other and hit the ground hard sometimes, but massage therapy relieves so much of the muscle tension and pain.
Massage therapy has even been used to treat high blood pressure, infertility, diabetes, and depression and doctors are finding new illnesses every day that can be improved with the use of massage therapy. Most of us lead a very hectic life. We run in a dozen directions each week and everyone from the kids to the boss needs our attention. By taking an hour out just for ourselves and enjoying a relaxing massage, we’re improving our quality of life and giving our bodies that opportunity they need to rejuvenate.
Types of Massage Therapy
There are many types of massage therapy and everyone has a favorite. There’s the ever popular Hot Stone Massage, the Shiatsu, the Deep Tissue Massage, Swedish Massage, and Aromatherapy. There are many others but those are the most popular. Today, they even have specialty massages such as the Pregnancy Massage and the Cancer Massage. Each one addresses a different need or area of your body but they all result in helping you to feel better all over.
Whether you’re suffering with arthritis, neurological disorders or just tired from a long day’s work, massage therapy can help you feel better fast and get back to your life with a more positive attitude.
Contact Us For Your Appointment
At Roth Wellness & Chiropractic, we believe in the benefits of therapeutic massage and we know it can bring a new level of healing and relief to all types of pain and discomfort. We’ve seen excellent results in patients with any number of complaints including PMS, insomnia, and migraines. Please give us a call at (615) 352-9379 or click here to schedule your massage therapy with one of our friendly massage therapists. Our team is well versed on all the latest and most beneficial massage techniques including acupressure, and can even help you choose the one that’s right for your condition.