Massage therapy is a hands-on therapy that is used primarily for musculoskeletal conditions involving muscles, joints, and connective tissue. It relieves muscle tension and pain, increases flexibility and mobility, and helps clear lactic acid and other waste, which reduces pain and stiffness in muscles and joints. It improves circulation by bringing oxygen and other nutrients to body tissues.
The applications of massage therapy are broad. It is hugely helpful for back pain, inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and tendonitis, muscle and ligament problems such as sprains, strains and spasms, repetitive strain injury and post-injury and post-surgery rehabilitation.
Massage therapy can also be highly beneficial for stress relief and stress-related conditions. It has a positive impact on cortisol levels, which is our stress hormone, so it can help the adrenal glands. It is also used for headaches and migraines, and has been shown to boost immune function.
In chronic illness such as Lyme disease and fibromyalgia, where pain is one of the primary symptoms, massage therapy can help release trigger points, relieve muscle spasm and reduce inflammation. Our massage therapist is attuned to the fact that massage can increase detoxification and lymphatic drainage, and so is careful with our more sensitive patients.
Massage therapy combines beautifully with pulsed electromagnetic frequency therapy, which synergistically reduces inflammation, speeds tissue healing and enhances oxygenation of cells and tissues.