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What is Massage Therapy? by Lauren Small, Massage Therapist at Willow Brook Clinic

Massage therapy is considered part of integrative medicine which means that it is often used alongside other treatments such as chiropractic or exercise therapy. It is increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations. But it can also stand alone and be used to treat many issues including reducing stress and increasing relaxation.

Massage therapy uses different pressure points and movement techniques to release stress and tension in order to provide relief from painful symptoms, heal injuries and support wellness. As with exercise, massage has great benefit when you receive it regularly. A programme of regular massage will help your body maintain its overall health.

When we use our bodies for daily tasks, like sitting working at a computer or taking part in vigorous exercise, the build-up of waste products in your muscles can leave you feeling tired and sore. A massage will increase your circulation, removing waste products and bringing healing nutrients to your muscles.

Some muscles can become so contracted that they press on nerves causing pain and tingling. Our muscles can get tight from repeated use, even causing active trigger points, which is a spasm in your muscle. A deep tissue massage releases restrictions in your muscles, joints and surrounding fascia giving your body a chance to return to a more natural and healthy state. By releasing tension, massage can help prevent injuries that might result from putting stress on unbalanced muscle groups.

The most noticeable response to massage is relaxation. Massage can improve your sleep and help you focus on your wellbeing.

A qualified massage therapist will discuss your objectives with you and tailor your massage to suit your needs.

Massage is not a luxury, it is a way to happier, healthy life. Massage can be a powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being.

Get well, stay well

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