I have always put off massage therapy as an option for my workout routine, thinking that it’s just a nice way to relax but that it was not deeply therapeutic in any way. Until that is, I suffered major back pain last month (I won’t bore you with the details of how it happened) and I finally decided to give it a go.
To be honest the decision was not entirely made by me – my spouse practically dragged me to get the treatment, booked the appointment for one session at Dunn Chiropractic Center for Health and Wellness (luckily one slot opened up when needed), and sent me off to get ‘treated’.
I was pleasantly surprised how it turned out; everything looks better (not being in intense pain tends to do that for you) and I do feel better after the session.
Here’s my findings:
The Thing About Massage Therapy
Massage therapy is a routine that uses manual manipulation of the body – muscles and soft tissues (that includes tendons and ligaments) to purge out toxins and other unnecessary material that collect in our bodies, smoothing out knotted muscles that in turn eliminates aches and pain in the affected area, often for good.
The whole practice comes from centuries of perfecting the ‘healing art’. Massage therapies have existed in multiple civilizations (including Greeks, Egyptian, French, Swedish, Chinese, and of course Thailand), that produces different types of massage for various purposes.
And now that many studies have shown great improvements, this treatment is not considered as substandard compared with mainstream medicine; getting massage therapy improves your well-being, improving lymphatic system, and even preventing further injuries. The benefits are so extensive that a massage is now considered complementary medicine, for a holistic and effective treatment.
I guess you know that getting a massage can certainly calm you down, improving your overall mood. But the benefits span further … it has been found to also provide positive effects for anxiety and depression.
A study even showed that massage therapy can minimize the ‘stress’ hormone cortisol as much as 50% and increasing the feel-good hormones (serotonin and dopamine for example) at the same time. This routine makes an ideal complementary treatment in managing your anxiety and/or depression.
Being a newbie in the whole are of massage therapy, one of the staff assigned to me explained some of the benefits of massage therapy covering many aspects of our well-being.
Anything that we do that causes our posture to become misaligned, or if our state of health gets imbalanced, will be helped by a good massage therapy session and will bring our body back in balance.
Especially within the core tissue, The whole treatment is designed to target the root cause of our problem, for the effects to last longer .
The Benefits Of Getting a Massage Therapy, (Apart From Intense Relaxation And Calming Effects)
Body Posture Benefits
Slight posture abnormalities can often slip under the radar and are often at the heart of muscle tension and strain in regions such as the back, neck, and hips and are associated with unwelcome muscle spasms. In several cases, posture issues are caused by an injury, or over a long period of time associated with working in a non-ergonomic environment. If you happen to work at a factory or perform any type of manual work, you will most likely encounter problems with your body posture.
Our consultants at Dunn Healthcare will recommend one of the several massage and chiropractic options available to promote realignment for these symptoms, such as the “Myofascial Technique” which primarily focuses on releasing pinch points, also known as the bodies trigger points. Physiological trigger points are areas that can be found within a muscle but cause the pain to be felt in another region of the body. Myofascial technique therapy is a hands-on treatment technique that has been discovered to increase the immune systems Cytotoxic Capacity and increase the production and release of antibodies to boost the immune system function.
When your body is neglected and not in tip-top condition, it’s easy to become more susceptible to other illnesses, so this is something you have to consider when discussing treatment options with your personal consultant/therapist. A skilled therapist will examine your condition and pressure the right points to promote healing.
What happens in a Massage Therapy session?
The treatment starts with an initial discussion to identify the issues you’re currently having; this is where you have to tell the massage therapist the pain you’re having, along with the location and how it affects you and your life.
Since there are different massage therapy services available at the center, we pored through the list while the therapist shows the benefit and goals for each of the services (there’s 11 different services here) and in the end, I chose Thai massage, for a start, as this treatment involves a more vigorous pressure, using knees and feet.
The whole session lasted two hours (including consultation and changing the clothes prepared by for you) and through the session my body was slowly realigned and rebalanced until the aches I felt really did go away.
Was it painful?
No, not painful … just a little bit of discomfort as I had so many issues.
Does it work though?
Yes, thank goodness, it does.
After the session, there’s no pain, strain, and aches to speak of. Instead the whole body feels so rejuvenated and refreshed that I’m motivated from the inside out.
I truly feel that regular massage therapy sessions should be included as part of your self-care routine. Seriously, the changes that I felt lasted a long from just a couple of hours of massage therapy. I cannot wait to see what can be achieved with regular sessions.