Massage, bodywork and somatic therapies are defined as the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the human body. Most often used as an holistic method for treating chronic pain, massage therapy promises a host of other benefits as well.
The name “massage therapy” is used as an umbrella term for several methods of therapeutic physical touch. A licensed practitioner uses pressure, position manipulation, massage, and other techniques to influence the muscles, fascia and other soft tissues in the body. So long as the therapy is done by a licensed professional, there aren’t any real risks to this treatment for pain.
Massage Therapy for Sport Injuries
Massage therapy is more than relaxing me-time. Studies continue to demonstrate the physical and emotional benefits of even a single massage therapy session. Massage therapy for sports injuries uses a method derivative of the Swedish massage, but tailored to the needs of athletes. It involves rubbing, tapping, stroking and moving parts of the body to relax tense muscles, release kinked fascia and calm the mind.
Massage therapy is used in tandem with regenerative therapies for conditions like knee pain, back pain, repetitive use injuries like tennis elbow and De Quervain’s syndrome, piriformis syndrome, thoracic outlet syndrome, and much more.
Massage therapy, when paired with biomedical treatments like stem cell therapy and platelet-rich-plasma treatments, can prove a healthy alternative to shoulder surgery, scoliosis surgery, and other invasive, traumatizing treatment methods.
The Benefits of Massage Therapy
Some of the benefits of massage therapy include:
- Relieves stress
- Encourages relaxation
- Improves posture
- Lowers blood pressure
- Relaxes muscles
- Improves flexibility and range of motion
- Promotes deeper and easier breathing
- Relieves headaches
- Strengthens the immune system
- Enhances post-operative rehabilitation
- Improves rehabilitation after injuries
Massage Therapy: Treating Chronic Pain with a Mind towards Holistic Wellness
Dr. Blatman has spent his career researching and practicing within the field of regenerative medicine. Effective therapies like trigger point injections, stem cells, PRP treatments are boosted by holistic techniques like massage therapy and biofeedback, because treating chronic pain is about healing the whole body as well as the mind.
With the right combination of natural, safe and non-invasive treatments, and the aid of low-dose medications or medical marijuana for pain, our health and wellness center practices alternative medicine that renders Western medicine’s pharmaceuticals and surgeries unnecessary.