The Practice of Massage Therapy: A Proven Healing Medical Technique
Massage therapy has been around for thousands of years dating back the ancient civilizations of the Chinese, Hindus, Persians and Egyptians where massage treatments were used to treat a variety of ailments in the body. Massage even back in ancient times was a proven healing technique that left patients feeling relaxed, calm and healthier with a body that lacked the tension, pain and pressure associated with injuries, diseases and illnesses.
Today Americans spend whopping $6 Billion annually on massage therapy and that just shows how much the therapy has become a mainstay of modern medicine and healing for a wide range of disorders. When it comes to the term “massage therapy” many people confusing it as a basic massage you’d get from a friend or even those massage parlors that peddle something a little more than just your average massage, but today’s true massage therapy health professionals are trained, certified and insured to give actual healing massages in a clinical and medicinal way.
Massage is a wonderful blend of part body art and part medical science. Trained hands can manipulate the skin, muscles, soft tissues, tendons and ligaments with precision to create a beneficial result in the body. Many massage therapists uses different techniques to achieve that healing result using a variety of massage art forms from Swedish massage to deep tissue, reflexology, shiatsu, sports massage and more. They will use carefully precise taps, presses, kneads, strokes and squeezes to treat the affected area of an injury and to promote a general sense of well being in the patient’s body when disease or illness plagues it.
Massage therapy helps in a variety of ways in the body from improving circulation to calming nerves, relaxing the muscles and soft tissues of the body, and stimulating the lymphatic system to work optimally. It is a significant part of stress management and relaxation therapy because it can help reduce the stress in the body which contributes to things such as diabetes, cardiac problems and hypertension.
Today’s therapists are completely trained to provide a truly healing and beneficial massage therapy in both theory and practice. Many massage therapists spend years learning about the body and the ways to best manipulate it into being a healthier environment for the patient before they ever take board examinations and state certifications to become a qualified massage therapist.