Massage therapy dates back as far as 2700BCE China, where the first text on massage therapy was found, called “The Yellow Emperor’s Classic Book of Internal Medicine.” Which is has become the guidelines for massage therapy still to this day. Over the years massage therapy has gained a growing respect in the medical field. Thought of as a luxury item for relaxation only massage therapy has been proven to help more than just relax you. It is therapeutic and healing. What is massage therapy exactly? It is performed by a trained professional who manipulated the soft tissue, muscle, tendons, ligaments of your body using light or stern pressure. At Dr. Gary Martin Irvine Chiropractor in Irvine, Ca we know the benefits of chiropractic and massage therapy go hand in hand for overall healing.
Types of Massage
Massages can be categorized into two groups: A relaxation massage and a rehabilitative massage. Relaxation massages are found in resorts and day spas, while rehabilitation massages can be found in clinic, hospitals, nursing home and chiropractic offices.
Here is your most basic type of massages and which category they belong in.
Swedish- The most common type of massage this a soft, gentle massage where tapping and long, deep motions and strokes are used to relax and revitalize as well. (relaxation)
Deep Massage(Also sometimes called Deep tissue massage – A stronger technique of massage it is used to reach the deeper muscle layer. This type of massage is to help treat muscle damage. (rehabilitation)
Sports Massage – Geared toward Athletics it is a gentle massage used as a preventive and post injury treatment for those who play sports. (rehabilitation)
Trigger Point Massage – This massage focuses on certain points on the body only to help untighten certain muscles that may have been injured or overused.
Massage therapy has been studied and proven to provide so many health benifits. Thus, massage has become more integrated into treatment options in today’s modern medicine. Aside from helping you relax extensive studies have found confirmation in massage therapy helps in treating:
- Digestive disorders
- Temporomandibular joint pain
- Promote muscle relaxation (Help lessen muscle spasm pain)
- Improve circulation (Restoring proper blood flow to injured area)
- Soft tissue strains and injuries
- Chronic headaches
- Insomnia (created by stress)
Can massage therapy benefit you? Many chiropractic’s offices of massage therapy as an option for their patients. Dr. Gary Martian does just that. Call Dr. Gary Martin Irvine chiropractic today to see if chiropractic massage therapy can benefit you today.