Massage Therapy: Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT): Massage Therapy is an accepted component of physical rehabilitation programs. It is the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue using various techniques, to enhance function, aid in the healing process, decrease muscle reflex activity, inhibit motor-neuron excitability, promote relaxation and well-being. It is also proven beneficial for many chronic conditions, and it promotes relaxation. Massage also helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to many illnesses such as lower back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue and high blood pressure.
Some massage techniques includes:
- Swedish : most common type of massage that involves soft, long, kneading strokes, as well as light, rhythmic, tapping strokes, on topmost layers of muscles
- Effleurage: a smooth, gliding stroke used to relax soft tissue
- Petrissage: the squeezing, rolling, or kneading that follows effleurage
- Reflexology: applies pressure to reflex points in the feet, hands, or ears with are linked to every body part. This pressure relieves tension and treats illnesses.
- Sports: Therapeutic sports massage is a type of massage technique that focuses on treating soft tissue aches, pain and injuries that are associated with recreational activities.
- Deep Tissue Massage: Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronic aches and pains and contracted areas such as stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.
- Friction: deep circular movements that cause layers of tissue to rub against each other, helping to increase blood flow and break down scar tissue.
- Tapotement: a short, alternating tap done with cupped hands, fingers, or the edge of the hand
An example of a reflexology chart, demonstrating the areas of the feet that practitioners believe correspond with organs in the "zones" of the body.
Some Benefit Tips
Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion
Help athletes prepare and recover form strenuous workouts
Ease medication dependence
Increase joint flexibility
Lesson depression and anxiety
Relieve migraine pain