Massage therapy involves the manipulation and rubbing of the soft tissues of the body, with particular focus on muscles and pressure points. Massage therapy may be used as part of physical therapy, or on its own to help relax areas where muscles are tight. In other cases, massage therapy may focus on pressure points of the body that are thought to give relief from pain or health problems in other parts of the body.
Massage therapy along with Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine have been practiced for centuries. Surprisingly, some of our earliest written history contains massage therapy. In 722 BC, massage appeared in scripture. The Nei-jing is a compilation of medical knowledge and is the foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Massage is referred to in 30 different chapters of the Nei-Jing, and specifies the use of different massage techniques and how they should be used in the treatment of specific ailments, and injuries. Fast forward a few thousand years, and you will see Massage Therapists on the track and field with some of our greatest athletes and Olympians, in Hospice Care, and alongside Chiropractors.
Massage Therapy can be an integral part of chiropractic care and can be incorporated into chiropractic care for many reasons. A massage done at a local salon or spa of course feels wonderful, and can be incredibly rejuvenating, however, chronic pain or fatigue can return rather quickly. This is in part because the underlying cause of pain is not being addressed. On the other hand, a therapeutic massage performed along with the medical knowledge and guidance of a medical practitioner, like a chiropractor, can change the course of your rehabilitation. If you have had a recent surgery, a therapeutic massage can make a great difference in your healing time. Not to mention, can immensely help reduce the appearance of scar tissue.
Want to enrich your health and well-being? Try Incorporating massage and bodywork into your chiropractic, physical therapy, and rehab care plan.