How Can Massage Help?

Massage Therapy for Pain and Injuries

Musculoskeletal pain and injury conditions are an increasingly common reason for individuals to seek medical care in the United States.  In fact, soft tissue pain and injuries are the second most common group of conditions seen by family practice physicians, exceeded in the number of visits only by infectious diseases.  The economic and emotional costs of these conditions is concerning and distressing for the patient, their families, employers and the healthcare community.  Yet many current treatment modalities are often unsuccessful at relieving symptoms.  Consequently, healthcare professionals are exploring new and alternative approaches for the treatment of soft tissue pain.

Massage therapy is one of the most commonly used alternative therapies.  A recent survey by Landmark Healthcare, a national healthcare company, found that out of 13 different alternative treatments surveyed, more people were willing to try massage therapy than any other.  Previously only understood as a luxury or form of stress relief, massage is increasingly accepted as a viable and beneficial treatment for numerous musculoskeletal pain and injury conditions. 
Massage has a variety of beneficial effects for various pain and injury problems.  It appears to not only enhance blood circulation, but the movement of lymphatic and other tissue fluids as well.  This can help speed the healing of various soft tissue injuries.  One of the more signficant effects of massage comes from its ability to reduce neuromuscular activity.  Many overuse conditions cause excess tension in the muscular system.  Few forms of intervention are as effective at relieving excess tension as massage.  Massage is also commonly used as a form of pain relief.  This is true especially when the condition treated is not one of an inflammatory nature, but rather a pain condition such as myofascial trigger points or fibromyalgia.  Massage therapy can be an excellent adjunct to other treatment approaches such as physical therapy or chiropractic as well as an effective alternative to more invasive treatments such as surgery or injections.  Research has shown that the need for surgery may be greatly reduced with carpal tunnel syndrome when massage is used as a treatment.  In many cases, generalized conditions such as muscular tension in the back, shoulders and/or neck muscles may all contribute to the symptoms that are deemed to be carpal tunnel syndrome.

Orthopedic Massage is one of the newer approaches to the treatment of pain and injury conditons with massage therapy.  It is a comprehensive approach that emphasizes a thorough understanding of the nature and physiology of musculoskeletal conditions.  Orthopedic Massage integrates a number of techniques in order to match the most appropriate treatment to a particular condition.  Therapists trained in Orthopedic Massage are highly skilled individuals with advanced training and knowledge in treatment techniques for pain and injury conditions.   

Regardless of the type of massage you choose, it is always helpful to inquire into the skills and training of the therapist.  It is important to remember that experience levels of massage therapists can vary greatly.  Massage, although seemingly benign may, in some cases, be ineffective and even inappropriate.  If you are unsure about whether massage may be appropriate for your condition consult your physican or call our office.

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