Massage Therapy Techniques.
Massage therapy is a manual manipulation of the body's joints and soft tissue, which includes the muscles, skin, tendons and associated fascia, ligaments, and joint capsules. It has been utilized for more than 4,000 years in many cultures. Today, only 25% of the United States regularly schedules this health and wellness care. You have personally chosen an important key to your overall health.
The techniques your Massage Therapist applies can result in a variety of physiological effects and psychological benefits. Though the techniques themselves vary between massage therapists, the therapists at 360 Health Advantage are educated and aware of these effects and benefits and are trained to give your health and wellness the best needed attention.
- Stretching muscles, ligaments, tendons, and fascia
- Encouraging circulation through tissue
- Inhibiting muscle spasms
- Stimulating or sedating the nervous system
- Boosting the immune system
- Controlling pain
- Creating a sense of relaxation and well-being
- Reducing stress, which most diseases can be aggravated by
Techniques include, but are not limited to:
- Technique is applied slowly and goes across the grain of the muscle.
- Pressure is deep and concentrated on areas of tension and pain.
- It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted muscles such as a stiff neck, tight low back, and sore shoulders.
- Other problems usually focused on include whiplash, sports injuries, postural problems, fibromyalgia, and osteoarthritis pain.
- Circulation and movement is improved when the rigid tissue/adhesions are broken down.
NEUROMUSCULAR/TRIGGER POINT MYOTHERAPY
- Technique is applied perpendicularly by the finger, knuckle, or elbow for ten to thirty seconds. This is designed to alleviate tension that extends from a “trigger point” into an entire muscle.
- Pressure consists of alternating levels concentrated on muscle spasms.
- It is most effective for lower back pain caused by strain.
- Other problems usually focused on include repetitive motion injuries, headaches, and reported numbness and tingling in the limbs.
- Circulation is improved, muscles are less sensitive, and pain is combated when the spasm is released.
- Technique varies to address different needs, but commonly is a Swedish massage, which can include circular pressure, firm kneading, percussion/tapping, and bending and stretching.
- Pressure is meant to relax the body.
- Based on studies of frequent bi-weekly massage, it is known to improve labor outcomes and newborn health.
- Other problems usually focused on include anxiety, depression, muscle aches and joint pain, back pain, edema, headaches, stress, and sleep.
- Swollen joints are reduced when soft tissue is stimulated and collected fluids released.
- *Women in high-risk pregnancies should consult their doctor/midwife before a massage. If you experience discomfort at any time, tell your Massage Therapist immediately.
- Technique is specific to the athlete’s sport.
- It focuses on treating soft tissue aches, pains, and injuries associated with overuse, repetitiveness, and aggressive movement from recreational activity.
- Other problems usually focused on include range of motion in the joints and flexibility.
- Muscle stiffness is reduced and relaxation is amped when the heart rate and blood pressure is reduced.
- Technique includes circular pressure, firm kneading, percussion/tapping, and bending and stretching.
- Pressure is meant to relax the body.
- It is most effective for improving the function of the lymph system which moves nutrient-filled fluids and waste through the body.
- Other problems usually focused on include muscle strain, joint pain, stress, and the feeling of being “drained”.
- Thinking is clearer, emotions are uplifted, energy is boosted, and sleep is improved when the body is relaxed.
- Technique includes rubbing, tapping, rolling, pressing and kneading.
- Pressure is gentle.
- It is most effective for improving circulation.
- Other problems usually focused on include muscle and joint stiffness and aches, anxiety, loneliness, stress, self-esteem, and range of motion, which translates into improved ambulation and mobility.
- Improving the function of the lymph system, which moves nutrient-filled fluids and waste through the body, can help seniors recover more quickly from injury and increase vitality.
When techniques such as Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular, or Sports are applied, it is extremely important to communicate with your Massage Therapist regarding the pressure—whether the pressure is too much, too little, getting better, getting worse. The therapist will respond accordingly. It should never be overly painful, but rather, as most describe it, a “good pain.”. Ice is recommended after massage techniques like these are applied as soreness is often expected. The muscles that were addressed in your massage should remain noticeably more relaxed for four to fourteen days depending on stress, activity level, and severity of pain prior to beginning massage therapy.
Results may vary between individuals.
Pregnant clients are positioned with supportive, soft cushions to alleviate strain on the lower back and pelvis when pressure is applied. It is also acceptable, through the second trimester, for pregnant clients to lie on their backs with a small cushioned wedge placed under one hip to provide slight elevation.