Whether your pain is the result of traumatic injury, overuse or stress, massage can help to resolve your pain and improve mobility. Addressing soft tissue problems is important because these include: muscle, tendons, ligaments and fascia (connective tissue that surrounds and protects muscles throughout the body).
At Bell Chiropractic, we will integrate and prescribe massage therapy as indicated by your condition.
The muscles move joints, while ligaments and fascia support them. Soft tissue pain can actually spread throughout the body because it causes muscle compensation in other areas of the body. When muscles are contracted, or tight, over a period of time it can decrease circulation to the area, thus depriving the muscle of needed oxygen and nutrients.
In general, massage increases circulation, which can cause both fascia and muscle to begin to soften and lengthen. Gentle kneading and stretching can also help to lengthen contracted muscles. Other massage techniques can release trigger points and realign injured muscle fibers.
Massage also triggers the body’s relaxation response and helps you become aware of areas of chronic tension or postural problems and how these affect your body on your daily life. Using this knowledge, you can take preventative measures to help control your pain. Massage can help support your ongoing good health and well-being.