Massage Therapy Treatments
Massage therapy can be known as manual manipulation of the soft body tissues enhancing people’s health. These soft tissues include the tendons, ligaments, connective tissues, and muscles. Reasons, why people look for massage therapy, is to reduce stress, relax muscles, headaches, sports injuries, digestive reasons among other reasons. For people with fractures, healing wounds, bleeding disorders among other medical conditions, massage therapy may not be advisable. Massage therapy can be grouped into two main types which are the relaxation massage therapy which is mainly practiced in spas, resorts and other centers. There is also rehabilitative massage therapy which is practiced in places such as hospitals. Relaxation massage is also called the Swedish massage. Rehabilitative massage can also be called clinical massage or medical massage.
Unlike massage therapy, deep tissue massage therapy uses firm pressure and slow strokes for reaching deepest muscle layers, tendons and also the connective tissues which surround the muscles, joints and bones known as fascia. It is usually used for chronic aches. It is used to break down muscle adhesions which could disrupt circulation and bring about inflammation and also a pain. Specific techniques are applied after beginning the massage where light pressure is applied on the muscles to warm them up. These are the friction where some pressure is applied to the muscles, stripping where deep pressure is applied along the length of the muscles using thumbs, elbows, and arms.
Deep tissue therapy is advantageous since it mainly concentrates on specific problems such as immobility, recovery from injuries, postural problems, low back pains, and also injury rehabilitation. Deep tissue massage can alleviate stress arising from work or other tasks. However deep tissue massage can pose health risks for people with blood clot conditions. Deep tissue massage has some side effects such as bruising.
Reflexology involves the application of pressure to specific points on the feet and hands with specific techniques. Reflexologists can relieve tension in the body by manipulating the areas on the foot. In reflexology the body is divided into ten vertical zones which are equal, five on the left and five on the right. It is assumed that pressure applied on the feet may transmit signals to the nervous system which may stimulate the nervous system to release chemicals which can reduce stress or pain. Reflexology is not considered a curative treatment for health disorders but is mainly used for complementing other treatments for conditions like headaches, diabetes, kidney illnesses and cancer treatments.
Some advantages of reflexology include eliminating toxins, cleaning up the urinary tract conditions, speeding up recovery, stimulating nerve functions and also boosting circulation.