Massage can help to manage myofascial pain syndrome, a chronic pain disorder that results from tightness and sensitivity in the myofascial tissues. These tissues are found throughout the body, providing support to various muscles. Myofascial pain usually results from soreness in particular “trigger points.”
As specific trigger points may be difficult to determine, myofascial massage helps to reduce pain by focusing on reducing tension throughout the body. Gentle pressure eases the tightness and tension in the affected areas. Massaging and stretching tight tissues helps to release pain-inducing tension. Massage may be applied to a broad section of muscular system to maximize the likelihood of covering the trigger point, even if that point is unknown.
Massage provides a natural, low-risk way to reduce and manage pain. Massage therapy involves creating a personalized approach that accounts for each client’s unique needs and goals. Effective massage therapy begins by taking into consideration any and all health factors, the type and source of pain at work, and more. There are very few risks associated with message therapy and many benefits including:
- Pain reduction
- Better sleep
- Lower anxiety
- Increased flexibility
- Better mood
Massage lowers the production of substances which may cause pain and worry. It also encourages the production of endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine which promote better sleep, less anxiety and depression, greater relaxation, and a better mood. The interconnectedness of mental, emotional, and physical health make massage a natural means of feeling better both inside and out.
Because myofascial muscles can have particular sensitivities, it is important to see a massage therapist with experience in myofascial massage. Cameron Hammer of A Well Kneaded Massage works with every client to ensure all massage therapy is safe and effective. Whatever your schedule or needs, massage therapy can be of benefit. Call today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.