Therapeutic Massages

Improve your life both physically and mentally, through the benefits of massage!

Therapeutic massage: Its types and benefits

A therapeutic massage differs depending on the physiotherapy technique used to treat disorders of the body.

Therapeutic massage has different types, and all of them are divided into subcategories. But all the techniques are great for dealing with disorders of the body, as they can significantly reduce pain.

Massage is the manipulation of soft tissues. This is achieved by rhythmic movements of sufficient intensity in specific parts of the body. The above is done either in the superficial layers of the tissue, or in the deep layers. Massages have a therapeutic purpose, they can be sports, but also done for hygiene.

Hygiene massages are mainly aimed at aesthetics, while sports massages are good both before and after some physical activity.

Therapeutic massage – The effect on the body

In general, there are no contraindications for massage, except in specific cases in which certain movements should not be performed. Thus, one way may be more appropriate than another because it may be more convenient depending on the type of massage.

It is a misconception that massages are only used to treat muscle problems. The benefits of therapeutic massages are both physical and psychological. In fact, you can combine two or more types in the same treatment to improve uneven tissue. Below are some benefits of therapeutic massage:

  • Muscle development
  • Stretching tight muscles
  • Long-term tissue flexibility
  • Pain relief
  • Feeling of general well-being
  • Improvement of lymphatic and blood circulation

Therapeutic Massages

Improve your life both physically and mentally, through the benefits of massage!

Massage categories based on their mechanisms

  • Caress
  • Kneading
  • Rubbing
  • Compression
  • Impact
  • Vibrations

Therapeutic massage: Thopeia

It is an even and slow rubbing of an area of ​​the body. Generally, it is done lengthwise or circularly. It is very important not to rub any tissue that does not need treatment.

Deep massage is a type of massage within this category. Thus, it aims to decompress and activate blood and lymph circulation. To achieve this, the massage must promote the return of circulation from the veins which is often stopped. It is a surface massage in which friction can increase surface circulation to external tissues such as the skin, as well as promote skin regeneration.

Kneading

In general, this is one of the most energetic types of therapeutic massage, along with percussion. Kneading tries to detach the superficial tissue from the deep layer, as well as displace the muscle fibers.

This technique combines opening, twisting, and stretching movements that are performed rhythmically. You can use this technique to remove toxic substances from tissues, promote muscle nourishment and relaxation. Deep kneading can increase the contractility of your muscles.

Compression

Next, we have a static technique in which there is no tissue displacement. Here, the therapist compresses the area for half to a minute without moving to the sides.

Therapeutic massage – Impact

Among the various types of healing movements that involve kneading, percussion is the most energetic type. There are two ways of execution: hitting and “chipping”. The healers clap their hands.

Likewise, “chipping” is done with the ulnar side of the hand, exerting continuous pressure with great energy. Also, this is done without losing contact between the therapist and the skin.

Impact increases circulation to the area, nourishes the muscle, and increases muscle contractility. Thus, the above results in many people considering it a stimulating massage. The reason is that it improves the general well-being of the receiver

Therapeutic Massages

Vibrations

The movements of this technique are small and rhythmic. The hands are in constant contact with the skin and the therapist’s forearm makes static contractions which create vibrations.

Some of the effects of this massage are muscle relaxation, stimulation of circulation and detachment of lung secretions for patients suffering from respiratory problems.

Did you know what therapeutic massage is? As you can see, its benefits are not limited to muscle recovery. Consult us to see which type of massage is best for you if you want to include it in your treatment.

Therapeutic massage can also be very helpful in treating a wide range of ailments:

  • Sciatica
  • Headaches
  • Cervical syndrome
  • Scoliosis
  • Tired muscles
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Sleep problems
  • Chronic fatigue

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