Massage therapy is a form of treatment that involves manipulation of the muscles and soft tissues of the body. Massage is performed with the hands, fingers, forearm, elbows or feet. Massage therapy can help people relax, relieve stress and pain, rehabilitate sports injuries, deal with anxiety and depression and help overall general health and wellness.
There are many different forms of massage therapy and some of the more common include:
- Swedish massage: Swedish massage uses long strokes, kneading, tapping, vibration and deep circular movements to massage.
- Sports massage: This type uses techniques similar to Swedish message but is specifically adapted to meet the athlete's needs.
- Deep tissue massage: This massage technique focuses on the deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who have stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders.
- Trigger point massage: This massage technique focuses on detecting and releasing the myofascial trigger points. Trigger points are spots that produce pain when pressed and can be associated with pain elsewhere in the body.