Posted by Dynamic Physiotherapy
Massage has been used for many years in order to treat a wide range of ailments including circulation problems and the effects of stress.
Great for physical relaxation and relieving tight muscles, it can also be used to release nerve compression conditions such as carpel tunnel and sciatica. It helps people of all ages achieve greater flexibility and range of motion, as well as enhanced energy and vitality. It may also help in the healing of scar tissue and ligament, tendon, or muscle tears.
Truthfully, the list of conditions that can see improvement through massage therapy is huge and includes tension headaches, muscle injury, gout, diabetes, anxiety reduction, stress reduction, improved mood, better sleep patterns, minimized fatigue and improved athletic performance.
If you’re trying to decide whether or not massage therapy will relieve your issue, below are three common case studies of how massage can help relieve your tension and help your body.
Case Study #1: Relaxation
Tanya was getting married and was feeling a bit overwhelmed with all of the preparations. Her friend decided she needed to relax and bought her a massage gift certificate, urging her to take some time off.
Because Tanya is not suffering from any particular aches and pains, the therapist will take a different approach to this massage and use techniques specifically aimed at increasing relaxation and easing tension. This includes kneading and the passive stretching of muscles.
Afterwards, Tanya felt physically relaxed and full of energy, able to complete her preparations and planning without undo feelings of stress and panic.
Case Study #2: Headaches
Thomas, a 60-year-old accountant, has discovered that during the winter he experiences intense headaches and neck stiffness because he cannot enjoy his regular relaxation activities of fishing and gardening.
Unable to concentrate on his work, he booked an appointment with his massage therapist who utilized a combination of trigger point therapy, relaxation massage, and myofascial release. After the treatment, Thomas felt relaxed and able to continue working. His mood improved along with his concentration and he was able to complete his work and enjoy a romantic evening with his wife.
Case Study #3: Recovery
Chu was playing baseball when a collision with the catcher caused an injury to the rotator cuff muscles of one arm. Unable to move freely, he made an appointment with his doctor who recommended muscle relaxants, over the counter pain medication, and massage therapy to help rehabilitate the injured muscles.
The therapist used a wide range of treatments in this case including cross-fiber friction, trigger point therapy, myofascial therapy, NeuroMuscular therapy, and compression of compensatory muscle groups in the back. After 3 weeks of treatment Chu experienced a significant reduction in pain and a large increase in his range of motion. He was able to return to his daily activities and even rejoin his baseball team!