Benefits of Massage

During the past few decades, knowledge of anatomy and physiology has greatly increased.  Massage therapy can now add outcome-based techniques to its thousands of years of rich cultural history.   Practitioners can study many kinds of techniques to advance skills in treating very specific problems.

Disciplines such as physical therapy, sports medicine, and exercise physiology inform the continuing education from which massage therapists can study.  The discipline of psychology also informs the field of massage, particularly the psychological and emotional aspects called the therapeutic relationship.  Therapeutic massage can be a crucial part of healing because it changes holding patterns in the tissue that cause pain.  Perhaps most importantly it can re-establish a healthy connection between the body and mind.

Outcome-based massage techniques can alleviate or eliminate the following acute and chronic kinds of pain:

  • low back and SI joint
  • neck (including whiplash injuries)
  • piriformis syndrome (sometimes misdiagnosed as sciatica)
  • muscle pain from inactivity or overuse
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • fibromyalgia
  • headaches (including migraine pattern)
  • plantar fasciitis
  • meralgia paresthetica
  • medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow)
  • lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • rotator cuff impingement or tendinitis (usually actually tendinosis)
  • adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • achilles tendinitis (usually actually tendinosis)
  • edema issues after node dissections (breast cancer patients)
  • post surgical swelling that lingers (edema, or lymph stagnation)
  • any of the complex of symptoms from abuse or trauma experiences
  • anxiety
  • insomnia
  • constipation