Benefits Of Massage Therapy
Massage therapy is considered a complimentary and alternative medicine for a variety of medical conditions and situations. It is the gentle manipulation of the skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments by the use of fingers, forearms, elbows and sometimes feet. It is no longer considered a luxury and is now offered as a means to help alleviate pain. The following is a short list of some of the possible benefits of massage:
- Stress Relief
- Management of Anxiety
- Aids in depression
- Reduces pain and stiffness
- Helps control blood pressure
- Sports related injuries
- Strengthening the immune system
When Is Massage Therapy Contraindicated?
Even with the many health benefits of massage therapy, it is NOT a replacement for regular medical attention and there may be times with massage is contraindicated. A contraindication is a situation where massage should not be performed and would be detrimental, rather then beneficial. Some of these situations include: cancer, fever, open wounds, broken bones, recent injury and anything else you are unsure of. If you are unsure if this applies to you, feel free to ask or speak with your family physician.
This Is My First Massage. What Should I Expect?
When you first arrive for a massage, you will be asked to fill out a medical intake form that explains any medical conditions, areas of concern or pain, your level of pain or discomfort on good days and bad days, and your contact information. After you have completed your intake form, the massage therapist will review your health history and ask you a few questions to further gather information to customize you massage therapy session. During this time, feel free to ask questions. All information is confidential. The therapist will create a customized plan for you and then leave the treatment room so that you may undress, get on the table and cover yourself with the sheets provided. The therapist will knock before re-entering the room. During the massage you will be draped and only the body part being worked will be uncovered. A professional massage therapist will never expose your genitals or your breasts or any other area you have requested to not be massaged.
How Often Should I Receive Massage?
This will depend on your levels of stress and pain. It is recommended that you receive massage on a monthly basis, however, your therapist may recommend that you receive massage more frequently. Massage is a preventative measure and therefore massage should be received before pain sets in. Please discuss any concerns you may have with your therapist. Your therapist will be able to recommend a customized massage schedule for you.
Recommendations For After The Massage.
Please drink plenty of water within the next 24 hours after your massage. It is important to rehydrate the body in order to cleanse the body of toxins brought up during the massage.