Massage therapy is the systematic and scientific application of techniques to manipulate the soft tissues to prevent and alleviate pain and discomfort, to reduce stress, and to promote health and wellness. Massage therapy may include techniques from disciplines such as deep tissue massage, Swedish massage, trigger point therapy, and neuro-muscular therapy (NMT).
The Evidence Speaks
You may know from personal experience that massage helps you to feel your best. Additionally, current research is providing more and more evidence to show that massage therapy can be effective for a variety of conditions and situations. Massage has been shown to bring a range of health benefits, such as speeding recovery, improving function, relieving stress, reducing pain, and improving an overall sense of well being.
Conditions and Situations
Massage therapy can be helpful with chronic pain and conditions such as:
- Chronic neck, shoulder, or back pain
- Fibromyalgia syndrome
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Soft tissue pain syndrome
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
Other ways massage therapy may be beneficial:
- Aid in pain relief
- Aid in post-operative pain relief
- Help decrease low back pain
- Help improve sleep
- Relieve stress
- Help with symptoms of depression
- Be a beneficial part of an integrative treatment plan for fibromyalgia
- Benefit those who participate in an exercise program
There are many additional situations where massage therapy is appropriate and beneficial. That's why each massage sessions begins with a consultation to assess the correct course treatment for you.
For more detailed information on how massage therapy may benefit certain conditions, check out the position statements by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) at amtamassage.org/infocenter/research_amta-position-statement.html.