Multiple Massage Effects

November 15th, 2009
  • Pain relief: When combined with education and exercises, massage might help sub-acute, chronic, non-specific low back pain. Furthermore, massage has been shown to reduce pain experienced in the days or weeks after treatment.
  • Trait anxiety: Massage has been shown to reduce trait anxiety; a person’s general susceptibility to anxiety.
  • Depression: Massage has been shown to reduce subclinical depression.[26]
  • Diseases: Massage, involving stretching, has been shown to help with spastic diplegia resulting from Cerebral palsy in a small pilot study. The researchers warn that these results should “be viewed with caution until a double-blind controlled trial can be conducted”. Massage has been used in an effort to improve symptoms, disease progression, and quality of life in HIV patients, however, this treatment is not scientifically supported.- Wikipedia
  • Single Massage- Benefits

    November 11th, 2009

     

    • Pain relief: Relief from pain due to musculoskeletal injuries and other causes is cited as a major benefit of massage.[5] In one study, cancer patients self-reported symptomatic relief of pain.[29][30] This study, however, did not include a placebo control group so these effects may be due to the placebo effect or regression towards the mean. Acupressure or pressure point massage may be more beneficial than classic Swedish massage in relieving back pain.[31] However, a meta-study conducted by scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign failed to find a statistically significant reduction in pain immediately following treatment.[26]
    • State anxiety: Massage has been shown to reduce state anxiety, a transient measure of anxiety in a given situation.[26]
    • Blood pressure and heart rate: Massage has been shown to reduce blood pressure and heart rate as temporary effects.[26]
    • Attention: After massage, EEG patterns indicate enhanced performance and alertness on mathematical computations, with the effects perhaps being mediated by decreased stress hormones.
    • Other: Massage also stimulates the immune system[32] by increasing peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs). However, this immune system effect is only observed in aromatherapy massage, which includes sweet almond oil, lavender oil, cypress oil, and sweet marjoram oil. It is unclear whether this effect persists over the long term.

    Myofascial Release Massage Technique

    November 7th, 2009

    Myofascial release refers to the manual massage technique for stretching the fascia and releasing bonds between fascia, integument, and muscles with the goal of eliminating pain, increasing range of motion and equilibrioception. Myofascial release usually involves applying shear compression or tension in various directions, or by skin rolling.

    Deep Tissue Massage Defined

    November 3rd, 2009

    Deep Tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia. This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity, such as athletes, and patients who have sustained physical injury. It is also not uncommon for receivers of Deep Tissue Massage to become sore or even bruised over the next few days, though there should be no pain to the client during a session if the therapist is doing the work correctly.  -Wikipedia