What do you understand about massage therapy? What have you previously been told? What massage therapy have you experienced?
Massage therapy has been around thousands of years and dates back to many different ancient cultures that believed in its medical benefits. It used to be commonly thought that massage was purely a form of pampering and didn’t have a therapeutic value. There are LOTS of different types of massage therapy, and more being found with research with a scientific background that supports and goes against some of the myths that you may have heard. Some definitely TRUE and some certainly FALSE.
Massage therapy is NOT only for pampering yourself
But what does massage actually do?
It is quite important to understand that, depending on what type of massage you are interested in and require, depends on the benefits of massage, so not one answer fits all!
Massage therapy is proven to manage and reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety and even help symptoms of insomnia. It can help the body promote healing and recovery from injury to improve rehabilitation and combination treatments. It is a great way to maintain wellness and fitness even when you are not in pain. Certain massage techniques can reduce pain or muscle soreness and stiffness or muscle spasms. Studies have also proven that massage can help lower blood pressure through long-term and consistent use.
Sports massage isn’t just for injured athletes!
You DON’T need to be injured or in pain to book in for a massage treatment. Massage treatment has a number of health benefits which don’t all revolve around being in pain or suffering with an injury, likewise it is not something where you are required to be involved with sport, anyone can have one.
No matter what your daily activity be, from walking the dog, to competing in an international hockey game, to sitting throughout the day due to your work demands, massage therapy can benefit you. Many people from the general public use massage therapy/sports to help with pain incurred from prolonged postures in their work environment or even just to reduce muscle soreness after intermittent physical activity at the gym.
Massage therapy is not only for muscles.
Certain therapy techniques can improve the range of movement in joints and break down scar tissue. Sometimes treatment can also help with the intensity of neural symptoms, but this MUST be assessed thoroughly and should be used in conjunction with other treatment and follow-up appointments. As mentioned previously, massage can also be used to manage and reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety.
‘If it didn’t hurt, it didn’t work’…wrong.
Many patients believe that if they do not feel sore the day after their massage, the treatment didn’t work. This massage myth is far from the truth. Stiffness and soreness the day after are not always expected to be part of the experience, however depending on your body, sometimes the treatment can lead to some discomfort.
Equally, some massage treatments can be uncomfortable during the session, but again, this is all dependant on the client and their body, this again is not always part of the experience, this is for your experienced therapist to judge and discuss depending on your medical condition and rationale behind booking the treatment.
So, do you sometimes suffer with muscle soreness, joint stiffness, high levels of stress and anxiety? Are you currently receiving treatment for an injury and want to promote healing and recovery? Or do you suffer with occasional muscle tightness and muscle spasms? Do you just want to maintain your wellbeing and fitness?
Why not book for your first sports massage now?