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What is Massage Therapy?
The Mayo Clinic defines massage as the following, "Massage therapy is a treatment in which a certified medical professional manipulates the soft tissues of your body — muscle, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and skin — using varying degrees of pressure and movement."
What is massage treatment?
The term "massage therapy" includes many differing techniques. In general, the massage therapist rub, press, stretch, and otherwise manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. They most often use their hands and fingers, but may use their forearms, elbows- sometimes even their feet.
Typically, the patient lies on a table, either in loose-fitting clothing or undressed to their comfort level (covered with a sheet, except for the area being massaged). Lotion or oil is used by the therapist to reduce friction on the skin. Sometimes, people receive massage therapy while sitting in a chair. A massage session may be fairly brief, but may also last an hour or even longer.
Studies demonstrate the benefits of massage as being effective for reducing pain, muscle tension and stress.
Will the treatment hurt?
Some patients have mild reactions such as temporary aches and pains after their treatment, similar to being sore after exercising. It is important that you talk to your chiropractor or massage therapist if you feel worried about anything either during or after treatment.