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Benefit of Medical Massage to Relieve Pain Throughout the Body
Have you experienced pain that you don’t know exactly where it came from?
The human body maintains life and health in an amazing way. Each individual cell performs an activity that contributes to the body’s overall function. Nerve impulses transmit information to maintain a balanced internal environment – called homeostasis.
Every day life situations threaten to disrupt that balance. Physical traumas, strains and emotional stress undermine homeostasis. This imbalance leads to aches and pains which left untreated may result in physiological dysfunction.
There are ways to get at the roots of these imbalances and alleviate pain and dysfunction. Medical Massage with Neuromuscular Approach is one such method.
It is a comprehensive program of the soft tissue manipulation that balances the central nervous system with musculoskeletal system. It is based on research that identifies the fundamental causes of pain. The site of pain is not the cause of the pain, but an effect of physical forces exerting themselves at specific space within the body.
There are five principles that cause pain:
Ischemia. It is lack of blood supply to the soft tissues, which causes them to be very sensitive to touch.
Trigger points. Trigger points occur when nerves fire impulses into an area of the body other than that which has been traumatized. Because of it, the cause of serious pain may often be far removed from the actual site of the pain.
Nerve compression. It is pressure on a nerve by bone, cartilage or soft tissue. Realigning vertebrae without treating associated soft tissue treats the symptoms and not the cause. Spinal nerves are subject to intrusion when any of the vertebrae are dislocated or spinal disks herniated. Treating the surrounding soft tissues that cause the dislocation greatly enhances rehabilitation and alleviation of pain.
Postural distortion. It is an imbalance of the muscular system resulting from movement of the body off the gravitational planes. If there is an imbalance, gravity causes the body to compensate in order to maintain homeostasis. As a result of that are muscles contraction and pain. By evaluating and measuring the body the therapist determines imbalance patterns. By applying specific techniques, the distorted patterns can be eliminated, proper posture restored, and associated pain eliminated.
Biomechanical dysfunction. It is an imbalance of the musculoskeletal system resulting in faulty movement patterns.
In Holistic Medical Massage Clinic we offer Medical Massage with Neuromuscular Approach that specifically takes care of pain and stress in your body effectively.
Why Therapeutic Massage and Touch Takes Care of Pain?
Imagine you stub your toe. Nerve signals travel from the injured area (your toe) to your brain where the message is received and processed.
Scientists discovered a structure in the spinal cord (called a dorsal horn) that acts as a gateway for the messages to the brain.
One factor that comes into play is the speed of the message being sent. Dull pain—for instance, a tension headache—travels relatively slowly, from about half a mile to two miles per second. A sharper pain (a toothache or a torn muscle) travels between 5 and 30 miles per second. You may be surprised to learn that nonpainful touch sensations, including pressure and massage, travel much faster at 35 to 75 miles per second. That’s why therapeutic massage is an excellent source of pain relieve.
While your body is sending pain signals toward your brain, your nervous system is transmitting chemical messages in response. One of the best known types of these natural pain-blocking chemicals is the endorphin (which functions almost identically to morphine). Studies have shown that massage boosts the production of endorphins, further explaining how it helps to lessen pain.
Pain messages are sent from nerve cell to nerve cell. This transmission is assisted by chemicals called neurotransmitters. Two of these neurotransmitters are dopamine and serotonin, both of which serve as pain reducers. Other neurotransmitters promote pain. Again, massage can help your body balance the neurotransmitter levels.
Here’s another factor: Upon receiving a pain signal, an area of your brain triggers the release of hormones that bring an increase in blood pressure and heart beat rate, as well as tensing your muscles and diverting blood away from your digestive system. Sometimes these hormonal responses continue on, contributing to chronic pain conditions. Again, massage has been shown to be an effective means of helping your body return to a more normal function.
You were probably aware that therapeutic massage could help you feel better and reduce painful conditions. Isn’t it good to understand a little more about why it works!
Traditional hospitals nationwide are waking to the realization that massage therapy’s positive effects are indubitably quality-of-life enhancing.
They added massage therapy to its patient services to dedicate to the prevention and treatment of cancer. The facility’s primary purpose is to help alleviate pain and suffering of those living with cancer.