Massage therapy has been known to be a process of rubbing the skin to reach the tendons, ligaments, and muscles deep within. It’s usually performed using the hands and fingers of the experienced practitioner. Movements can range from a strategic stroking motion, that targets specific stress points in a sweeping motion, to a deep applied pressure, which helps release stress and tension. Lymphatic drainage massage therapy is one of many forms of massage therapy, dedicated to stimulating the lymph for natural drainage to occur. Deep pressure massage is especially helpful for patients who don’t get a lot of movement due to their established conditions. Massage practices may include the use of oil to both stimulate the skin and muscles, as well as make the process of gliding over the skin easier for the therapist.
Massage therapy can benefit the patient in so many ways. Massage therapy can relieve pain, but is most rewarding to those suffering from back pain – especially lower back pain – and leg pain. Massage therapy increases blood flow, and sends signals to the brain to heal the area being massaged. Vitamin IV therapy can be used alongside massage therapy for boosted benefits and to allow the body to have the vitamins it needs to repair itself. Stress can lower your immune system, making it easier to get ill, and it can be the starting point for many other conditions and even diseases. Stress can also age the body prematurely, and create more severe mental disorders. One of the greatest benefits of massage therapy is how it not only relaxes the muscles, but reduces stress.
Because massage therapy reduces stress, you will:
- Feel more energy
- Sleep better
- Feel less fatigued
- Have better circulation
- Have reduced anxiety
Patients who are new to massage therapy may experience aching muscles for the first few days after therapy. Like with exercise, when muscles are stimulated after a long time of little to no stimulation, they will ache in response. Slight swelling may occur for the same reasons, but should last only two days. Seek medical help if swelling persists or pain becomes more than an ache. Talk to your doctor to see if massage therapy is right for you. When massage therapy is used with other therapies, such as IV rehydration therapy, side effects can be reduced and benefits can greatly improve. It is recommended to be hydrated before getting massage therapy, as hydration plays an important role in proper blood flow and healthy muscle repair.