Exploring the Benefits of Massage Therapy
Pain comes in many forms; it can be a result of trauma, or even stress. Whatever the source, massage therapy can help alleviate or relieve the physical and even emotional pain. When considering therapeutic massage, think about these benefits and work with a provider who makes you feel comfortable and at ease.
- Reduction of anxiety. Massage can give you a peace of mind and allow you to fully relax, regardless of your day to day stress level. Massage can lower blood pressure and even make it easier to breathe. Talk with your massage provider to determine what type of massage therapy can work best for you.
- Better focus and attention span. There are a lot of ways to improve your focus and memory, including playing brain teaser games and practicing yoga. Did you know that massage therapy can also help? Often our lack of focus is because of unrelated stress. Rather than thinking about your job you may have your mind on a crisis at home. By reducing stress, therapeutic massage helps you concentrate better.
- Relief from chronic pain. Athletes understand this benefit of massage. Every professional sports team employs massage therapists to work with their players to reduce pain and relax muscles. Muscle pain can be alleviated and even eliminated through massage therapy. Consult with your provider to determine what type of massage can help you with your pain issues.
- Enhance healing. Therapeutic massage is about more than just relaxing your muscles, it also stimulates them. Patients recovering from traumatic accidents benefit from physical therapy that includes massage therapy. A well planned massage treatment program can help your body heal from surgery or injury.
- Overall improved health. Of course, one of the primary benefits of massage therapy is to enhance your overall health, both physical and mental. Therapeutic massage helps your blood circulation, reduces your heart rate, and stimulates your immune system. Massage promotes whole body health.
Are you looking to add therapeutic massage to your pain and stress management plan? The staff at Integrative Pain Center of Arizona can work with you to determine the right solutions for your wellness program.
SE is a nervous system trauma resolution therapy. My specialty is working with syndromal patterns with pain associated. This therapy is a “bottom up” approach where we renegotiate trauma in a titrated manner by tracking what one’s nervous system is doing and working with that, rather than a “top down” approach which is cognitive therapy (like counseling). SE is not a type of counseling nor is it hands on bodywork.
For more information go to www.traumahealing.com.
NMT is a type of bodywork which utilizes specific massage therapy techniques to treat soft tissue trauma and dysfunction. Each muscle and soft tissue are worked individually to assess whether the tissue is a component in the pain pattern as well as treatment if it is.
For more information go to www.nmtcenter.com.
With both therapies I teach and strongly encourage self-care techniques for at home. I have found that healing and recovery occur more rapidly when at home care is included.
Monika Harrison, LMT, CNMT, SEP