Here at Orthopedic Physical therapy we offer massage for both rehabilitation and general well-being.
Massage Therapy for Rehabilitaton:
Massage therapy can help the body in many ways. Massage can relax muscle tissue, which may lead to decreased nerve compression, increased joint space, and range of motion. This may lead to reduced pain and improved function. Many common muscular pains, from persistent lower back pain to a tightness in your neck and shoulders, are caused by muscles locked in a spasm. Through expert touch, massage therapy re-educates your muscles and joints and guides them back to optimal levels of flexibility and performance.
Massage therapy may also improve circulation, which enhances the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to muscle cells. These circulatory effects of massage may have value in the treatment of some inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis or edema.
Massage for general well-being:
Stress is an inevitable part of life. No matter how organized your schedule, laid-back your attitude or carefree your lifestyle, very few people escape stress. The more we learn about the physical effects of stress, the more we begin to understand how important it is to find ways to deal with stress.
Massage therapy is thought to induce a relaxation response, which lowers the heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure; boosts the immune system and generally decreases the physical effects of stress.