Massage Therapy: Does it Work?

Massage therapy is often presented as a cure for all number of ills, from arthritis to sports injuries, and from anxiety to skin complaints. When booking this type of therapy, it is essential to opt for a well-qualified masseuse, sports trainer or physical therapist.

What Are The Benefits Of This Type Of Therapy?

Being massaged can ease tension in the muscles and aid recovery from illnesses. The very experience of being massaged can be extremely peaceful and pampering, and so it can also have a powerful effect on stress, tension, and anxiety.

Reasons Why This Therapy Is Said To Work

Being massaged can stimulate the blood flow and ‘loosen’ tense knots that may have developed in different areas of the body due to injury, stress or poor posture. It also can help with pain relief, and as it reduces stress, it can combat sleeping problems. The accessories used during the therapy, such as stimulating or relaxing essential oils or special massaging tools, can aid the therapy’s ability to promote deep relaxation.

Different Types Of Massage Therapy

There are around 80 different types of this therapy. They range from the hands-on therapies provided to athletes by their trainers to aid recovery from sports injuries to healing practices such as reiki, and from reflexology (which is based on the principle that massaging certain parts of the hands or feel can benefit the internal organs) to myofascial stimulation which focuses on producing friction in the skin. Some masseuses work underwater while others work using special chairs or tables. Different types of this therapy will bring greater benefits than others. Some are geared towards psychological wellbeing and relaxation while others are targeted towards treating specific conditions such as multiple sclerosis or inflamed ankles due to a tennis injury.

Patients For Whom This Therapy May Not Work

Patients with weakened bones due to cancer or osteoporosis ought to be cautious and consult their doctor before undergoing this type of therapy. Also, patients with infectious skin complaints or rashes will need to inform their therapist before they commence their therapeutic sessions.

Single Dose Or Multiple Dose Therapies

This therapy can be provided in a single dose, i.e., via a single session with a masseuse. In these cases, the therapy will often take effect after this single session. It can also be provided in multiple doses as part of an ongoing therapy for a chronic condition. Here, regular therapy sessions will produce a more gradual effect over time and will often be used to support other types of therapy such as ongoing medication for arthritis.