What do you do when you have back pain or discomfort from an injury? Hot baths, ice packs, and ibuprofen are the go-to for many. Unfortunately, these treatments only offer limited, short-term relief. What other options do you have? Many patients at Serenity Health & Wellness in Edmonton have found the answer in massage therapy.
What Is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is a kind of treatment that involves manipulating the body’s soft tissues. This includes the skin, muscles, fascia, tendons, and connective tissue deep in the joints. Massage may be given with hands, tools, or a combination of both.
A person receiving massage therapy typically exposes bare skin in the affected area. However, some forms of massage, like Chair Massages, can be done over a shirt. If you have any concerns, talk to your massage therapist about your preferences.
How Does Massage Therapy Boost Overall Health?
Massage therapy is a powerful tool used to boost health. It can release knots of stress, relieving stubborn pain that is held in the body. Some forms of massage may greatly increase circulation and lymphatic flow. Other forms, like deep tissue and sports massages, work deep within the body. These address joint issues, inflamed tendons, or tight scar tissue.
How Often Should You Schedule Massage Therapy?
Even one session of massage therapy can bring short-term relief of pain, stiffness, and tension. However, these conditions may return over time. This is especially true when there is an underlying problem like chronic stress or a half-healed injury. If the root issue isn’t fixed, the stiffness and pain will probably come back.
Regular massage therapy appointments offer compounding benefits over time. Your body will become used to these manipulations and relax into the massage. This allows the therapist to go farther and offer you more relief. Regular massages that keep your pain levels down can make you better able to keep up with physical rehabilitation exercises. Finally, the stress relief created by massages may boost your mood, enhance your thinking and performance, and improve the quality of your sleep.
For these reasons, many medical professionals suggest that you get a massage weekly or every two weeks. Your massage therapist or chiropractor will be able to make a more precise recommendation.
Health and Relaxation at Serenity Health & Wellness
At Serenity Health & Wellness, we know how massage can support the benefits of chiropractic care. A therapeutic massage coupled with chiropractic adjustments can relieve pain, increase healing, and improve quality of life for people with a wide variety of conditions. We will come up with a comprehensive treatment plan that will get you to your health goals. Schedule an appointment today by calling us at (780) 486-0710.