You might imagine that massage is simply for relaxation or spa days, and while we’d agree that Massage is a wonderful tool if you are stressed, tense or in need of an escape from the never ending distractions of everyday life, there are many other reasons why Massage Therapy is a great tool in managing or reducing pain and in improving quality of life when things aren’t going quite according to plan.
- Massage Therapy, and specifically Myofascial techniques, are great for releasing tension and pain which can be caused when your fascia gets “stuck”. Fascia is the layer of connective tissue between your skin and your muscles, and it also surrounds every muscle in your body. Fascia is everywhere, and if it gets “stuck”, it can affect the performance and movement of any muscle in the body, and cause pain and limitation of movement. Massage Therapy is perfect for working out these sticky patches in your fascia, getting you back to normal in no time!
- That “knotty” bit you can feel in your sore shoulder or neck? That might be a Trigger Point. Trigger Points are areas of a muscle which have contracted and forgotten to let go, causing pain and discomfort. That pain may be felt not only in the muscle itself, but it may also travel to other parts of the body via your central nervous system (the body is an amazing thing!) Massage Therapy is the perfect way to work out these Trigger Points and reduce your pain.
- Massage Therapy can help with post-operative and post injury rehabilitation. After an operation or serious injury, your body will go into “repair” mode, and will create scar tissue, along with new muscle fibres. Without proper care, this new tissue can lay itself down in the wrong alignment, meaning you might not get full function back in the affected area. Massage Therapy can help encourage the body to generate new fibres in the right alignment, meaning you’ll have a much more successful rehabilitation from injury or an operation.
- Massage Therapy can be a useful tool in managing the symptoms of anxiety, stress and chronic fatigue syndrome, as well as long term pain conditions such as Fibromyalgia. By encouraging a state of mindful relaxation and body awareness, Massage Therapy can switch on the body’s parasympathetic nervous system, encouraging an increased sense of wellbeing and helping the body to engage its own healing capacity.