Muscle and joint pain are two of the most common types of discomfort people feel. A lot of people see pain as a nuisance, something we can simply silence with pain killers and ignore. The truth is, though, that pain is the body’s way of telling us something is wrong. This is where massage therapy comes in.
From sore muscles to achy joints, massage therapy aims to treat the problem at the source. These types of pain are largely caused by inflammation, so massage therapy soothes the tissue.
The steady motion of the massage strokes promotes healthy bloodflow and breaks up knotted tissue. Sometimes what seems like an entire sore area is actually caused by a stubborn knot in the muscles, and it takes more than stretches to solve.
The Mayo Clinic cites studies that support Massage Therapy is “an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.”
Massage therapy can also be helpful with:
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia related to stress
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
- Temporomandibular joint pain
Sometimes the pain is caused by poor posture or repetitive motions, both of which are common to a variety of jobs. If it’s posture-related, you may find tremendous benefit to getting up every hour and moving around a bit. Doing some door stretches with your arms against either side as you press forward can relieve tension in the shoulders and mid back. This also stretches the pectoral muscles.
For tension that periodic stretching doesn’t relieve, seeing a massage therapist is a next step.
Sessions are generally 60 to 90 minutes, and will vary depending on the severity and location of your pain. Visit our massage therapy services page to learn more, or call us today for an appointment!