Massage is so much more than just someone vigorously kneading your back while you lie on a table. Massage therapy is generally considered part of complementary and integrative medicine and is increasingly being offered along with standard treatment for a wide range of medical conditions and situations. In fact, massage therapy is now often integrated into conventional health care for people who live with chronic conditions, including arthritis, autoimmune diseases, hypertension, diabetes, and kidney failure.
So what is massage therapy? It’s the manipulation of the body’s soft tissue, including the skin, tendons, muscles, and connective tissue by a massage professional, for relaxation or enhancing the body’s own healing capability. Massage therapy involves rubbing, kneading, compressing, holding and other techniques applied to the muscles in the soft tissue of the body. Depending on the type, intensity, and length of time of the massage treatment, it can relieve symptoms such as muscle strains and pains due to overuse, general stress, lack of blood circulation, lack of lymphatic circulation and inflammation, rehabilitation of stiff joints after an injury, migraines, arthritis, tendonitis, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and chronic pain.
Studies of the benefits of massage therapy demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension and is helpful for:
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia related to stress
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
- Temporomandibular joint pain
At Compassion Massage Therapeutics, our massage therapists will develop a comprehensive, active care plan with a clinical chart that indicates the intensity levels of your specific condition so that they can determine the level of massage therapy you require and the amount of time it will take to adequately provide it.
Massage therapy is not just for pampering — the benefits of receiving a therapeutic massage run much deeper than the superficial, temporary relaxation many people associate with it. At Compassion Massage Therapeutics, we provide massage therapy to spread wellness and alleviate discomfort. Our team is sensitive and empathetic to the levels of pain that many clients endure and we desire to heal and care for you with just the right touch.