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Are there real medical benefits to remedial massage?

For over 5,000 years, massage has been seen as a form of medical treatment. Modern massage is more often seen as a way to relax and destress, but many practitioners claim that remedial massage has certain health benefits, particularly in the area of chronic pain management, when done right and by a professional who has completed a massage training course in Vancouver.

Two clinical trials from the The National Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) concluded that massage may be helpful in relieving chronic lower-back pain and chronic neck pain, respectively. Additionally, a 2012 NCCIH-funded study showed that massage may improve pain from osteoarthritis of the knee. However, a meta-analysis of studies from 1996-2006 showed that reports of efficacy across multiple forms of chronic pain were varied and there were no consistent long-term benefits for patients with fibromyalgia.

It’s also speculated that remedial massage may lessen symptoms of certain mental health disorders. In 2010 a meta-analysis of 17 clinical trials showed positive results of massage in the treatment of depression, and a separate 2012 NCCIH-funded trial correlated brief yoga and massage sessions with a decrease in depression, anxiety, and pain in pregnant women. However, a 2013 research review found the evidence for massage therapy as a treatment for depression in pregnant women to be insufficient, and a 2010 NCCIH-funded clinical trial showed that massage therapy was no more effective at reducing symptoms of generalized anxienty disorder than relaxation and deep breathing techniques.

As of right now, most data regarding remedial massage is preliminary or shows mixed levels of effectivity, and there is little definitive data showing the mechanisms by which remedial massage could create a long-term analgesic effect. While remedial massage may reduce pain and improve quality of life for certain patients, there is no evidence showing remedial massage as a cure for any disease or condition. And although the risks for seeking remedial massage therapy are low (if working with a trained professional) it should not be seen as a substitute for other forms of medical treatment.

The Science Behind Trigger Point Deep Muscle Massage

Massage is an art that involves manipulation of body tissue to reduce pain and tension so as to help muscles and joints to relax. Trigger point deep muscle massage is a type of massage that focuses on relaxing certain tight area (called trigger point) within the muscle tissue so that the client can get pain relief on other parts of the body. It is usually done in sports massage to help muscles mostly in certain sports to relax.

One way in which this method works is through Ischemic Compression. In this method, the massage therapist gently and steadily applies pressure on the trigger point until he/she can feel that the area has softened. The softening means the point can work normally again (like blood flow is normal and tension has been alleviated). This results in pain relief in the other body parts.

Alternatively, it can be done through Friction massage. Here, the massage therapist makes continuous strokes with the finger along the vein of the tight muscle. This repetitive movement causes a suction effect in the vein causing an increase in blood circulation. This means fresh blood is allowed to flow in the vein area and that, blood that has inflammatory chemicals can flow away from that point into the general circulation.

With this taking place, the body responds by releasing endorphins – constituents that alleviate pain. This edorphins also contains energy constituents that work to relieve myofascial tissue and neuromuscular joints.

About Me

I’m not going to lie, when I was younger I used to work with a guy who would take a lot of time off of work because he used to get migraine headaches and I used to mock him and just think that he was taking advantage. However, my views on migraine headaches have changed in recent years, as I have developed them myself and they are not a laughing matter at all.

I have spent the past few years trying a whole different variety of things in order to help with my migraine headaches, in order to see what works and what doesn’t, and there is one thing that seems to work above everything else. I have found that by getting the right massage at the right time, I can prevent myself from actually even getting migraines, and I hope to help you with yours.