What It Massage Therapy
Massage may be the oldest and simplest form of healing known to man, dating back to the 4th century B.C., where it involved the rubbing of joints to promote circulation and to relieve pain. Today, therapeutic massage involves the assessment and hands on manipulation of the body’s joints and soft tissue, including the skin, muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia. A variety of techniques and manipulations are used during treatment along with the possible application of hydrotherapy (hot or cold packs) and use of remedial exercises for home care.
Massage therapy may establish and maintain good physical function and health by balancing and improving muscular tone, encouraging relaxation, improving circulation, and producing positive effects on other systems of the body. Massage helps to stimulate the body’s natural healing ability and is ideal in the management of many common musculoskeletal disorders.
Joint mobility may also improve and soft tissue discomforts frequently associated with work and everyday stresses may decrease with regular massage therapy treatments. Treatments may also help to preserve and reestablish the body to its normal ability and balance and it is effective in the overall management of stress