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Jul232011

A Good Massage Doesn't Have to Hurt!

If it doesn’t hurt it isn’t doing anything, right? Wrong. A common misconception about massage is it has to be painful to be beneficial. Deep tissue massage, what most people are talking about when they say they like firm pressure (or hard massage), doesn’t need to, and shouldn’t, hurt. A properly skilled massage therapist knows to “warm up” an area before digging in so the muscles and connective tissue can stay relaxed and benefit from the work. Connective tissue is able to change state, meaning it can go from a gel-like state to a more liquid-like state. Deep tissue is safe and effective when working on liquid-like tissue. If someone jabs you with their elbow after thirty seconds of lotion application, you’re almost guaranteed feel excessively sore, experience bruising and possibly even injury as a result. So next time you ask for more pressure, expect there to be a little bit of warm up time. It’s for your own good!

Saturday
Jul232011

The Benefits of Massage

The "benefits" of massage usually make up quite a long list. However, until recently, there hasn't been many studies conducted about massage. We now have evidence* that massage may decrease pain and inflammation and is an effective treatment for low back pain. We also know massage helps muscles work harder. The list of benefits proved by studies continues to grow every day.

If you look beyond the scientific studies, anecdotal evidence shows us that massage helps strengthen the immune system by stimulating lymph flow, eases depression and anxiety, increases joint flexibility and improves range of motion, promotes tissue regeneration by reducing scar tissue and stretch marks, helps reduce post-surgery swelling and adhesions, relaxes injured and overused muscles, strengthens weakened muscles, releases endorphins (the body’s natural painkiller), helps ease migraine pain, improves quality of sleep and so much more!

 

*Massage Reduces Pain Perception and Hyperalgesia in Experimental Muscle Pain: A Randomized, Controlled TrialMassage Therapy Attenuates Inflammatory Signaling After Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage, A Comparison of the Effects of 2 Types of Massage and Usual Care on Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized, Controlled Trial.

 

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