Thursday, November 10, 2011

Massage Therapy;


Massage therapy is the scientific manipulation of soft tissues of the body, consisting primarily of manual (practical) techniques such as applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, and moving muscles and body tissues.


In general, massage is given to improve the flow of blood and lymph (fluid in the lymph nodes, part of the immune system) to reduce muscular tension or flaccidity, affect the nervous system through stimulation or sedation, and to promote healing of tissues. Massage therapy can be recommended for children and adults to provide benefits such as:

• reduce muscle tension and stiffness

• to relieve muscle spasms

• increase the flexibility of joints and limbs and mobility

• ease and efficiency of movement

• Items to relieve tension and stress in general induces relaxation

• promote deep breathing and easier

• improves blood circulation and removal of lymph nodes

• relieve tension-related headaches and eyestrain

• promote faster healing of soft tissue injuries, which drew the muscles and sprained ligaments

• to reduce pain and swelling related to injuries

• to reduce the formation of scar tissue following soft tissue injuries

• Health and skin food

• improve posture by changing tension patterns that affect posture

• reduce emotional or physical stress and reduce anxiety

• promote feelings of well-being

• To raise awareness of the connection of body and mind and improves mental alertness and awareness of the general

Massage therapy can be recommended for proven clinical benefits such as improved lung function in young asthma patients, reducing psycho emotional distress among people with inflammatory bowel disease, help with weight gain, a better motor development in premature infants, and improve immune system function.


Massage therapy is one of the oldest known health practices. References to massage are found in ancient Chinese medical texts written over 4000 years. Massage has been advocated in Western health practices since the time of Hippocrates, the "father of medicine."

Massage therapy is the scientific manipulation of soft tissues for normalization of these tissues, and a group of manual techniques that include applying fixed or movable pressure, state and / or causing movement of body parts. Although massage therapy is applied primarily to the hands, and sometimes the arms and elbows are used. These techniques affect the muscular, skeletal, circulatory, lymphatic, nervous, or any other body. The basic philosophy of massage therapy involves the concept of vis medicatrix naturae, which means "the ability to help the body heal itself."

Touch is an essential tool for massage therapy. Although massage can be described as the type of techniques performed, touch is not only used a mechanistic way of massage. Because massage usually involves applying pressure to the touch and motion, a massage therapist must use touch with sensitivity, to determine the optimal amount of pressure used for each person. For example, using too much pressure can cause the body to tense up when you use too little is not sufficient to effect. Use the touch sensitivity also allows the therapist to gain useful knowledge through his hands on the body of the individual, as the location of areas of muscle tension and other soft tissue problems. Because touch is also a form of communication, sensitive touch can convey a sense of care to the person receiving a massage, to improve the individual's self-image and well-being.

In practice, many massage therapists use more than one technique or method in their work and sometimes combine several. Effective therapists massage to determine the needs of each person and then use the techniques that best meet those needs.

Swedish massage is the most commonly used in massage. It uses a system of long gliding strokes, kneading and friction techniques on the more superficial layers of muscles, generally in the direction of blood flow to the heart, sometimes combined with active and passive movements of joints. Used to promote general relaxation, improve circulation and range of motion and relieve muscle tension.

Deep tissue massage is used to release chronic patterns of muscular tension in slow motion, direct pressure or friction directed across the muscle grain. You apply more pressure and deeper layers of muscle than Swedish, which is why it is called deep tissue, and is an effective treatment of chronic muscle tension.

Sports massage uses techniques that are similar to Swedish and deep tissue, but are specially adapted to cope with the effects of athletic performance in the body and the needs of athletes in training, performance and recovery from injury.

Neuromuscular massage is a form of deep massage that applies to individual muscles. It is used primarily to release trigger points (intense knots of muscle tension that refer pain to other body parts) and also to increase blood flow. It is often used to reduce pain. Massage and Myotherapy Trigger points are similar shapes.

Acupressure applies pressure with the thumb or fingers to specific points located on energy pathways or "meridians" to release blocked energy along these meridians can cause physical discomfort. Rebalance the energy flow and releases tension restores the function of the organs and muscles of the body. Shiatsu is a Japanese form of acupressure that applies these principles.

Massage therapy sessions can be at home or business. Most sessions are one hour. Frequency of massage sessions can vary depending on the needs-based


The massage is relatively safe, but should not be used if the child has one of the following conditions.

• Advanced heart disease

• Hypertension (high blood pressure)

• phlebitis

• thrombosis

• stroke

• renal failure

If your child has cancer, massage is not recommended if the cancer is the type that can spread to other organs (metastatic cancer) or if it is tissue damage due to chemotherapy or other treatments. Massage can also be undesirable if the child has one of the following conditions.

• a cold

• Infectious diseases

• a contagious disease of the skin

• acute inflammation

• an infected wound

• an unhealed fracture

• dislocation

• A post-operative condition in which increased pain and muscle splinting

• has frostbite

• a large hernia

• tore ligaments

• The state is subject to bleeding

• psychosis

• any other mental state that can interfere with communication or perception

The massage should not be used locally on the affected areas (for example, avoid using massage on specific areas of the body that are affected by the disease) to the following conditions: eczema, goiter (thyroid dysfunction) and open skin lesions. Massage can be used in areas of the body that are affected by these conditions. The decision to use the massage should be depending on whether it can cause harm. The recommendation of a physician is appropriate before the child receives any medical condition massage therapy.


Go for a massage requires little in the way of preparation. In general, you should be clean and should not eat just before a massage. Massage therapists generally work by appointment and generally provide information on how to prepare an agreement. To receive the most benefit from a massage, parents must provide information on health therapist accurate discomfort of children and to report any kind (whether the massage itself or due to ambient temperature, or other distractions). The child may be encouraged to be as sensitive to this process as possible.


There are no specific recommendations for a massage. A period of quiet activity or rest after the massage helps to preserve the benefits of the procedure.


Massage therapy has significant side effects. Rather than feeling too relaxed or too mentally fuzzy after a massage, a child may be both more relaxed and more alert.

Concern of parents'

Parents who might not have experienced therapeutic massage themselves or who have doubts about its effectiveness may be interested in the results of research studies, mostly conducted in groups of children. Well-designed studies have documented the benefits of massage therapy for the treatment of acute and chronic pain, acute and chronic inflammation, lymphedema, nausea, muscle cramps, various soft tissue disorders, anxiety, depression , insomnia and psycho emotional stress, which can exacerbate mental illness.


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