Why Medical and Sports Massage?
Medical & Sports Massage Inc. uses massage therapy according to the science of the body.
When a muscle is injured, there is a natural biological process of an inflammation and swelling phase at the soft tissue injury site. After this initial phase, the body then begins to regenerate using stem cells that live in the surrounding muscle tissue. This is called scar tissue.
The nervous system keeps the tissue of the muscle that includes scar tissue shortened, inflamed, and usually in a painful state. This compromised tissue is prone to reinjury because it is less elastic and weaker, even in microscopic areas of scarring. It is known as a chronic pain pattern. Chronic pain pattern can persist for years.
Manipulation of soft tissue reorganizes the scar tissue. Integration and alignment with the muscle tissue is achieved. This reconfiguration with soft tissue manipulation during massage therapy smoothes irregularities, correcting the pattern of scar tissue. Once the root cause is corrected, the pain is relieved. Once the fibers are directionally linear, the healing process is accelerated and balance is restored in a lasting way.
Medical Massage Benefits:
- Clinical Depression:
Massage increases serotonin and dopamine, the neurotransmitters that help reduce depression.
Digestion is improved by the stimulating effects that massage has on the digestive organs. Massage therapy can aid the relief of constipation and diarrhea.
- Absorption of Nutrients:
Massage improves the tone of the small intestines. The small intestines are responsible for absorbing digested food molecules, minerals, and water as well.
- Blood Pressure:
Massage has significant positive changes in both the contraction and in the relaxation period of the heart. Over time, with too much pressure in these functions of the heart, vascular weakness and blood clots can occur.
- Immune System:
Massage increases white blood cells, which play a large role in defending the body from disease.
- Nervous System:
Massage can take strain off of nerves by releasing tissue spasms that surround the spine. Also the entire nervous system is invigorated due to improved circulation and nutrition.
- Muscle System:
Lactic acid, caused by exercise, sports activity, and overexertion is alleviated by massage therapy, which restores them to a healthier state sooner. Muscles spasms, tension, scar tissues, and adhesion (muscle knots) can be also be relieved.
- Postural Health:
The misaligned skeletal system can lead to fatigued, tight, achy muscles in the neck, back, arms and legs. Massage relaxes over contracted muscles, which can pull bones out of alignment.
Sport Massage Benefits:
- Muscles prone to injury (muscles crossing two joints)
- Mitochondria (the body’s energy generators)
- Pain cycle
- Injury prevention/recovery
Senior Massage Benefits:
- Increased independence
- Higher quality of life
- Reduced inflammation-related joint pain
- Injury prevention
- Injury recovery