therapeutic massage

A muscle can never be neutral - 

if it doesn’t work for you, it works against you.

benefits 

• Anatomically precise to target chronic muscle issues

• Releases nerve compression

(Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, carpel tunnel, sciatica, tinnitus)

• Improves flexibility and range of motion

• Helps heal scar tissue as well as tendon, ligament, and muscle tears

• Improves circulation

 

Massage can relax muscle tissue, which may lead to decreased nerve compression, increased joint space, and range of motion leading to reduced pain and improved function.

 

Massage also improves circulation, which enhances the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to muscle cells and helps remove waste products. These circulatory effects of massage may have value in the treatment of some inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis or edema.

Massage induces a relaxation response, which lowers the heart rate, respiratory rate, and blood pressure; boosts the immune system; and generally decreases the physical effects of stress.

• Within days, muscles massaged after exercise recovered about 60 percent of their strength.  This result compared to recovery of about 14 percent of strength in muscles that were simply rested.

• Muscles massaged after exercise had fewer damaged fibers and almost no sign of white blood cells, compared to rested muscles. The absence of white blood cells indicates that the body did not have to work to repair muscle damage after exercise.

• The massaged muscles weighed about 8 percent less than the rested muscles, indicating a reduction in swelling.

Carolyn Hauck, LMT, CMLDT