A Therapeutic massage is a massage which is offered with the goal of obtaining a therapeutic benefit. It differs from a relaxation massage, performed to help someone relax. While this type of massage is often relaxing, the goal of the session isn’t only “relaxing”.
Some massage benefits include:
- Physical relation
- The release of nerve compression.
- Greater flexibility and range of motion.
- Enhanced energy and vitality.
- Improved circulation.
- Relief of tight muscles, knots, and other aches and pains.
Massage therapy can benefit the body in many ways. It can relax muscle tissue, which can lead to decreased nerve compression, increased joint space, and range of motion. This may also lead to reduced pain and improved function.
Massage therapy can also improve circulation, which enhances the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to muscle cells and helps remove waste products. These circulatory effects of massage may have value in the treatment of some inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis or edema (an excessive accumulation of fluid in body tissues).
Massage therapy is also thought to induce a relaxation response, which lowers the heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure; boosts the immune system; and generally decreases the physical effects of stress.
Massage helps reduce headaches, body aches and pains, stress, and helps you recover from an injury.
Therapeutic massage can also be psychologically beneficial and may be used to increase trust, and promote relaxation. It also can alleviate severe depression, or to treat other emotional health conditions.
People of all ages can benefit from a therapeutic massage when it is performed by a qualified practitioner. Massage is also suitable for people with disabilities, expecting mothers, and people in treatment for medical conditions, or athletes. People who are not sure about whether or not massage is appropriate can consult their medical care providers to learn if there are any contraindications.