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What is Massage Therapy?

What is massage treatment?

The term "massage therapy" includes many differing techniques. In general, a trained, certified massage therapist rub, press, stretch, and otherwise manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. They most often use their hands, fingers, and forearms. 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. A typical massage session is 50 minutes hands-on. 

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.

What are the different types of massage? 

The term “massage therapy” includes many techniques. The most common form of massage therapy in Western countries is called Swedish or classical massage; it is the core of most massage training programs. Other styles include sports massage, clinical massage to accomplish specific goals such as releasing muscle spasms, trigger point therapy, petrissage, effleurage, and massage traditions derived from Eastern cultures, such as Shiatsu.

 

What are the risks of massage therapy?

The risk of harmful effects from massage therapy are low. However, there have been rare reports of serious side effects, such as a blood clot, nerve injury, or bone fracture. Some of the reported cases have involved vigorous types of massage, such as deep tissue massage, or patients who might be at increased risk of injury, such as elderly people. It's important to talk with your provider, ahead of time, about any concerns you may have. 

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