Massage therapy is one of the oldest techniques utilized for the treatment of pain in many different cultures around the world.
With modern knowledge and technology, we know that massage is beneficial for many other ailments such as stress, anxiety, as well as other health conditions.
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Massage therapy is performed by a licensed therapist who is explicitly trained in how to use their hands, fingers, elbows, and forearms to gently manipulate the soft tissue, muscles, ligaments, fascia, and tendons, allowing tension to release and relieving symptoms of certain injuries.
Benefits of Massage therapy
Many people hear the word massage, and they automatically associate it with being pampered, and while this is true for a lot of people, it's most often used as a tool for stress reduction and pain relief.
We are understanding more and more the importance of massage for both physical and mental health.
Helping relieve specific conditions, including:
- Nerve Pain
- Digestion issues
For many patients, massage therapy has become a critical part of their medical treatment as an alternative to surgery or following surgical procedures so that they can continue their normal everyday activities.
Massage therapy has shown to help:
- Increase circulation and blood flow
- Decrease inflammation in the joints
- Allow for faster recovery
- Improve flexibility
- Reduce pain, soreness, and stiffness in the muscles
- Strengthen the immune system
What to Expect
Massage therapy is perfectly safe and has no proven risks, and while it is often used in conjunction with medical care, it is not a replacement.
Be sure to let your massage therapist know if you have a medical history that includes cancer, diabetes, or cardiovascular disease, so they are aware. Finding a therapist who is familiar, or has experience with certain medical conditions is important to avoid doing harm or causing further injury.
Prior to your massage, your therapist will discuss with you any areas you are experiencing pain. If you currently have any injuries they can avoid them if you choose.
During your massage, if you feel any discomfort or the pressure is too hard or light, be sure to let your therapist know. A massage does not have to be painful to be productive.
Following your massage, you may feel a little soreness. This is because the muscles are being worked on a deeper level and releasing strain and stress. It is recommended that you drink plenty of water. This will help your body flush out the toxins and substances that were released into your system from the muscles and tissue.
Massage therapy has become a more widely utilized tool for people looking for a way to relax. As well as destress, and heal their bodies.
If you are looking for massage therapy in Skokie, Niles, Morton Grove, or throughout Cook County, call us at (773) 725-5835 today to book a free consultation.