Chronic pain can cause stress to rise, and prolonged stress can leave your body in a state of ‘fight or flight’. Unfortunately this means your body’s resources are sent to the parts of the body which need action and result in other areas not getting what they need. Your body is overworked and your muscles become tighter, which contributes to pain levels and lack of mobility eventually. Fatigue can set in and it becomes harder to sleep, mental health issues can be more apparent and your digestive system suffers. Prolonged stress can greatly worsen the symptoms of chronic pain.
There are many types of intervention for chronic pain sufferers, and often medication or other treatments fail to provide lasting results. That’s why a lot of people use massage therapy for their pain management.
What is Therapeutic Massage ?
Therapeutic massage involves the application of the hands and elbows with the intention of solving a physical problem like back pain. In comparison, non-therapeutic or relaxation type massage is more passive and used to promote comfort.
Therapeutic massage involves manipulating your soft tissue including ligaments, tendons, skin, muscle and connective tissue. The therapist will use varying levels of pressure and different movements or techniques.
What are the Benefits of Therapeutic massage?
Massage, in general, is a proven, effective treatment that can provide pain relief, reduce stress and improve movement.
Therapeutic massage can also improve joint flexibility, relieve pain and stimulate endorphins. It manipulates the soft tissue and stimulates the flow of fluid in the lymphatic system, in turn helping your body to function optimally and improving natural immunity.
Improving lymphatic drainage helps the body get rid of any toxins, therefore helping the body fight disease, and also fight the fatigue that often comes with pain. Increased blood flow and lymphatic drainage can also reduce inflammation, which in turn reduces chronic pain symptoms.
What Conditions can Therapeutic Massage Help with?
Massage is an excellent solution for many sources of pain.
- Lower back pain
- Neck and shoulder pain
- Jaw Pain and TMJ
- Sports Injuries
- Work-related injuries
- Repetitive strain injuries (carpal tunnel, plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, bursitis)
- Anxiety, Depression and Stress
- Walking/Running pain
- General poor posture and incorrect use of body in movement
- Post-surgery swelling or adhesions
SPHC Massage Services
At Sandgate Physical Health Clinic, we provide a wide variety of massage services that include Therapeutic massage treatments.
Our full range of Massage Services Include: