Massage Therapy 2017-01-04T17:23:09+00:00

Massage Therapy: A Key Treatment Component For Many Common Ailments

massageMassage produces benefits far beyond feeling great during and immediately after a session. While this is certainly an excellent reason to have massage, the real strength of massage is in preventing illness and conditions before they develop.

The greatest physiological change produced by massage therapy is the stimulation of the nervous system. Consequently, there are several benefits from this stimulation:

  • Massage helps to increases endorphin secretion (natural pain killers) and helps reduce stress.
  • Massage also stimulates the touch, pressure and proprioceptive receptors (the sense that provides feedback solely on the status of the body internally) of the skin and underlying tissues.
  • Massage can also help decrease nerve entrapment and reduce nerve root compression caused by muscle tension and therefore can be quite effective in treating and reducing pain.
  • Massage is also known to reduce anxiety and depression due to the calming of the nervous system and can even help in treating restlessness and insomnia.

People with the following conditions have reported that massage therapy has lessened or relieved many of their symptoms:

  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Back pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic and acute pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Headaches
  • Immune system disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Joint strains and sprains
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Myofascial pain
  • Pregnancy associated problems
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Slow growth of premature infants
  • Some circulatory problems
  • Sports injuries
  • Stress
  • Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction and other jaw problems.

At Function1st Physical Therapy we provide a variety of manual therapy styles and techniques including:

A classic relaxing massage that reduces stress while increasing circulation and loosening tight, tired muscles.
A more intense massage with stretching and direct pressure to muscle tissue to address specific problem areas.
A Japanese massage where pressure is applied to the meridians and acu-points on the body, to both relax and energize.
Pressure is applied to the reflex points of the feet and/or hands to improve circulation, relieve stress and promote relaxation.

The New Science Of Massage – Research Shows 8 Key Treatment Benefits

  1. Reduce post-surgical and arthritic inflammation
  2. Reduce spasms and cramps for athletes
  3. Relieve tension and migraine headaches
  4. Relieve back pain
  5. Increase immune system response
  6. Increase joint flexibility
  7. Promote good mood and feelings of well-being
  8. Heal and reduce internal scarring from soft tissue injuries and speed recovery for athletes and those suffering from repetitive use injuries.

Recommended research reading on massage therapy:

Massage Clinical Research