Massage As Part Of Your Therapy
Massage therapy is the hands on manipulation of soft body tissue, such as muscles, tendons and ligaments. It was passed down through generations to heal injuries, relieve pain, and prevent and cure illnesses. It’s been practiced in some form for thousands of years, originating in 3000 BCE or earlier in India, considered a sacred system of natural healing.
Today we know it can reduce symptoms of an array of conditions such as:
- Cancer related fatigue
Although on its own massage therapy can be very helpful in recovery, it can not be denied that when combined with other forms of therapy you can see far better results. At times, you can expect to see results even after the first session.
Massage Therapy with Physical Therapy
When deciding to combine massage therapy, understand when is the best time to do so, before or after a physical therapy session. Depending on your physical therapy sessions, there are advantages in getting massaged before and/or after each one.
If you decide before, massage therapy increases soft tissue elasticity, reduces muscle tension and relieves stiff joints. Promoting blood flow and relaxation to the hurt area making it easier to find muscle knots or faulty tissue. This will be beneficial in having a better range of motion, and getting the muscles ready to move and work enabling a better session with your physical therapist.
If you choose post physical therapy, a massage would provide nutrients to tissues recently undergone therapy by increasing blood flow. This in turn would help reduce residual muscle soreness, muscle fatigue, and improve recovery rate.
Massage Therapy with Chiropractic
Chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy work better in tandem. Patients usually notice instant relief from symptoms, improved range of motion in joints and overall flexibility. By loosening muscles and tendons you can discover whether the pain you are feeling is soft tissue or if you need to work your way deeper due to impacted nerves, or spinal issues. This will narrow down the possible adjustments needed to the targeted location in order for the Chiropractic specialists to commence your body’s manipulation.
Depending on how stiff your body is usually because of sports, but it could also be from the large amount of time we subject ourselves to sitting in front of a screen due to most people working from home. It’s not uncommon for some bodies to need to be decompressed prior to a deep tissue massage and occasionally a deep tissue massage may be needed to loosen up a muscle allowing for the joint to be adjusted.
Standalone Massage Therapy
Perhaps standalone massage therapy is the option that works better for you. On its own, massage therapy is still very beneficial at releasing endorphins, the body’s natural pain killer, which also helps with anxiety as well as muscular pain. As most chronic pains come from soft tissue injury like muscular imbalances, muscle tension, and muscle knots, focusing on the muscles is a great place to begin the healing process of body and mind.
After each session, our patients are visibly more relaxed, and stress free. After every visit patients are able to move muscles that may have been stiff and tight prior to their visit. It can never be understated that the feeling of pain melting away and relaxing your body and mind goes a long way in recovery. Consider integrating massage therapy to any of your personal therapy sessions as it has been shown that it can have better results than your stand alone therapy.
Not all pains are created equally, so we recommend having a conversation with your physical therapist to see if massage therapy would improve recovery rates.
Take the Next Step In Improving Your Health by Contacting SOHMA Integrative Medicine
Our goal is to help you improve your health. You can reach out to us and ask us if we are right for you. Located in Long Beach, CA we help individuals from Long Beach and the surrounding cities.
We look forward to helping you take the next step in your journey to better health.