Ailments That Massage Therapy Can Benefit
A sprain (also known as an overstretched or torn ligament) is damage to one or more ligaments in a joint, often caused by trauma or the joint being taken beyond its functional range of motion. The severity of sprain ranges from a minor injury which resolves in a few days to a major rupture of one or more ligaments requiring surgical fixation and a period of immobilization. Sprains can occur in any joint but are most common in the ankle, knee and wrist.
A strain is an injury to a muscle/tendon in which the muscle fibers tear as a result of overstretching. A strain is also known as a pulled muscle or torn muscle.
Cellulite is the herniation of subcutaneous fat within fibrous connective tissue that manifests topographically as skin dimpling and nodularity, often on the pelvic region, lower limbs, and abdomen. Cellulite occurs mostly in females. It can result from a complex combination of factors ranging from hormones to heredity. Cellulite can be reduced and/or eliminated depending on cause and severity.
Torticollis, also known as wry neck, is condition defined by an abnormal, asymmetrical head or neck position, which may be due to a variety of causes.
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a medical condition due to compression of the median nerve as it travels through the wrist at the carpal tunnel. The main symptoms are pain, numbness, and tingling, in the thumb, index finger, middle finger, and the thumb side of the ring fingers.
Tendinitis, meaning inflammation of a tendon.
Myofascial trigger point
Myofascial trigger points, also known as trigger points, are described as hyperirritable spots in the fascia (connective tissue) surrounding skeletal muscle. They are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibers.
Plantar fasciitis is a disorder that results in pain in the heel and bottom of the foot. The pain is usually most severe with the first steps of the day or following a period of rest. Pain is also frequently brought on by bending the foot and toes up towards the shin and may be worsened by a tight Achilles tendon.
Low back pain
Low back pain is a common disorder involving the muscles, nerves, and bones of the back. Pain can vary from a dull constant ache to a sudden sharp feeling. Low back pain may be classified by duration as acute, sub-chronic, or chronic. The condition may be further classified by the underlying cause as either mechanical, non-mechanical, or referred pain.
Neck pain is a common problem, with two-thirds of the population having neck pain at some point in their lives. Neck pain, although felt in the neck, can be caused by numerous other spinal problems. Neck pain may arise due to muscular tightness in both the neck and upper back, or pinching of the nerves emanating from the cervical vertebrae. Joint disruption in the neck creates pain, as does joint disruption in the upper back.
Sciatica (the main nerve branch from the spine feeding down into the legs) is a medical condition of pain going down the leg from the lower back. This pain may go down the back, outside, or front of the leg. Typically, symptoms are only on one side of the body. Certain causes, however, may result in pain on both sides. Lower back pain is sometimes but not always present. Weakness or numbness may occur in various parts of the leg and foot.
What specific conditions can massage therapy help?
Massage therapy may help the body in many ways. Massage can relax muscle tissue, which may lead to decreased nerve compression, increased joint space, and range of motion. This may lead to reduced pain and improved function.
Massage therapy may 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, which may be reduced using manual lymph drainage).
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.
These effects suggest that massage may be helpful for a wide range of conditions. Some of these are listed below.
|Decreases pain and increases functioning in these conditions:
||Helps treat and manage symptoms or complications of:
||Other psychological, emotional, and physical benefits:
- Carpal tunnel
- Tension headaches
- Tendon and muscle tears
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
- Varicose veins
- Myofascial pain
- Sore or overused muscles (prevents and treats)
- Muscle injury (offers rehabilitation)
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Muscular dystrophies
- Raynaud’s Disease
- Improved mood
- Reduced anxiety
- Lower stress levels
- Lessening of depression
- Reduced anger and aggression
- Improved sleep patterns and decreased sleep disturbance
- Reduced fatigue
- Enhances immune system
- Improves athletic performance and enhances recovery