Massage is defined as the manipulation of superficial and deeper layers of muscle and connective tissues using various techniques like acupuncture, myofascial release, and trigger point therapy, etc.
The benefits of massage therapy include:
- Increased Relaxation and Well Being
- Pain Relief
- Enhancement in Function
- Improvement in the Healing Process
Massage therapy targets:
- Joints or Other Connective Tissues
Massage can be applied with fingers, hand, elbows, forearm, knees, and feet.
In professional settings, massage involves the client being treated while lying on a massage table, sitting in a massage chair, or lying on a mat on the floor. Client is either in loose-fitting clothing or undressed (covered with a sheet, except for the area being massaged). The therapist may use oil or lotion to reduce friction on the skin. A massage session may be fairly brief, but may also last an hour or even longer.
Massage therapy appears to have very few serious risks and the number of serious injuries reported is very small. But some common side effects of massage therapy may include temporary pain or discomfort, bruising, swelling, and a sensitivity or allergy to massage oils.
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