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Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy involves putting pressure and rubbing muscles, connective tissues, tendons, and ligaments. It improves health and can reduce stress and anxiety, help with pain, relax the muscles, and rehabilitate injuries. Massage therapy is still great and enjoyable if you do not have chronic conditions.

Massage is a complementary or natural therapy offered by wellness spas. Patients find massage immediately calming and relaxing. In addition, massage reduces cortisol and stress-inducing hormones and increases other hormones that positively affect your well-being. For example, massage increases dopamine and serotonin to help you feel better. Hospitals increasingly offer massage to help those with cancer, heart disease, and chronic pain.

Massage can help:

  • Backpain
  • Neck or shoulder pain
  • Headaches
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Digestive disorders
  • Strain
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Addiction


There are different types of massage therapy, including Swedish, pregnancy, remedial, sports, neuromuscular therapy, deep tissue, Shiatsu, Reflexology, and hot stone. Massage is not a replacement for care by a physician, and you should avoid massage if you have blood clots, burns, bruises, infectious skin conditions, osteoporosis, or nerve damage.


Make sure you are hydrated and let the therapist know if you feel uncomfortable anytime during the massage. You will be covered with a drape or towel during the massage, and music and aromatherapy may be used to help you relax.

Most insurance companies do not cover massage therapy but check with your insurance. You may receive a rebate on some treatments.

Managing a health condition or enhancing wellness is most comfortable. Most cultures have practiced massage and is one of the earliest tools people use to relieve pain.

Most patients ask for a Swedish mass, a gentle massage using long strokes and deep, circular movements. Some also like a deep massage that uses slower and more forceful strokes to target deeper layered muscles. Sports massages are also popular.

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