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Are you looking for massage therapy? Our team at Tatum Chiropractic and Wellness in Cave Creek, AZ, is here to help. This article will help to walk you through some of the conditions we can help as well as the types of massage we offer. Please don’t hesitate to call us with any questions you may have.
“Swedish Massage” is a range of techniques devised to relax muscles by the application of pressure on them against deeper muscles and bones, whilst working in the same direction as the flow of blood as it returns to the heart. This kind of massage is credited to Henry Peter Ling in Sweden around 1812.
Swedish massage is what’s considered a full body massage, and it utilizes kneading, friction, stroking, tapping, and vibration, and it can help relieve stiffness, numbness, pain, constipation, and other health problems.
Swedish massage is used to help increase blood flow and release toxins from muscles. Other potential advantages of it are it stimulates the circulation whilst improving the balance of musculoskeletal systems and enhances muscle tone. Swedish massage is useful to shorten recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It increases circulation without increasing heart load.
The usual sequence for Swedish massage strokes is Effleurage, Petrissage, Friction, Vibration, Percussion, and finally, passive and active movements (bending and stretching).
Massage during pregnancy can help to reduce stress and swelling in various parts of the body and relieve pain and aching in joints and muscles. As pain medication options are limited during pregnancy, massage has become a popular complementary therapy for treating back pain. Physical benefits are well documented. However, touch used in massage can provide comfort and emotional support during this time.
A” trigger point” is a tight area deep in muscle tissue that produces pain in other parts of the body. A trigger point in the back can lead to neck pain, and the neck can be a satellite trigger point, which subsequently causes head pain. The pain varies from a dull ache to acute pain. Trigger points are generally caused by overuse of muscles or injury. Often as pain is in joints, it can be mistaken for arthritis.
Trigger point work is intended to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. The patient plays an active part in therapy by breathing deeply and pinpointing the exact location of pain and the degree of discomfort.
Trigger point massage can assist with the elimination of toxins in the muscles, and it causes the body to release endorphins which are the body’s natural “feel good” hormones. One treatment can give a significant level of pain reduction.
Deep tissue massage focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. This particular type of massage is helpful for acutely tense and contracted areas such as shoulders, neck, and lower back. Some of the same strokes are used in classic massage therapy, but the movements here are slower with pressure being applied, so the massage reaches deeper into any tense or painful areas.
Sports massage was initially formulated to assist athletes who wanted to prepare their bodies for peak performance during training and at events and promote quicker recovery after any sporting event. Sports massage is used to prevent muscle or tendon injuries and promote faster healing.
You don’t need to be a professional sportsperson to gain from sports massage, as it is effective for those with chronic pain, injuries, or a restricted range of motion. The massage therapist will be guided by the patient and will focus on specified problem areas.
Our team at Tatum Chiropractic and Wellness in Cave Creek, AZ, is here to help. Call us today.