Are you looking for relief from chronic pain or stress? Therapeutic massage and bodywork may help. Because, Massage relaxes and calms the body, mind & spirit. It helps relieve pain in a number of ways.
TYPES OF PAIN:
Stress: (Yes, Stress is a form of pain- left untreated it will manifest in other health issues)
Studies & research have shown that relaxation massage for stress slows the heart rate, lowers blood pressure and increases endorphin levels. When your body is more relaxed, it is less susceptible to pain. Massage has been shown to have an exponential effect as more treatments occur. That is to say: one massage is good but getting regular massage (weekly, bi-monthly and even monthly) have a better result at treating your chronic pain and stress.
Organ Pain or Systemic Pain
Reflexology, which is viewed as a general healing therapy that helps the body regain natural balance, harmony, and health. It uses zones on the feet face and hands to work on corresponding areas of the body and is considered especially useful for pain, migraine, sinus trouble, and constipation.
The effectiveness of massage as a chronic pain treatment is enhanced if your pain is of muscular nature. Massage also helps if the pain is a result from nerve entrapment. Someone trained in orthopedic and/or neuromuscular massage will be able to help manage the chronic pain if not eliminate it all together.
Orthopedic massage involves therapeutic assessment, manipulation and movement of soft tissue to reduce pain and dysfunction. It assists by restoring structural balance throughout the body and allows your therapist to focus on both prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal dysfunctions.
Neuromuscular massage is a form of bodywork that consists of focused, concentrated pressure on one specific area of the body known as a “trigger point”. The pressure may continue for a period of up to thirty seconds at a time, and is designed to alleviate tension that extends from this point into an entire muscle.
NEURPATHIC/CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM PAIN
If you pain is due to a neuropathic injury or a central nervous system challenge, massage may ease the pain during the appointment but the pain will return. A therapist who includes other techniques such as craniosacral therapy will be able to have a better long term effect on pain relief. CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a gentle, hands-on approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance the central nervous system is heavily influenced by the craniosacral system. Restrictions in the system can be assessed and corrected using this method of touch by a trained therapist.
Aromatherapy which is based on the science of essential oils can be used by itself or in conjunction with any bodywork treatment to exponentially help pain associated with. Using a generic form of an aromatic oil and calling it aromatherapy is a misnomer. While it is a science, it is also an art. The art of aromatherapy is when an aromatherapist creates a special and uique blend for an individual to use during a treatment or at home.
Some sufferers of chronic pain say that the time during a massage session is the only time that they’re 100% pain free. With the care of the right therapist, this time of being pain free can go far beyond the treatment room. If you suffer from chronic pain, you should consider trying massage~ but the correct kind of massage ~ to see if it works for you.
THIS IS KEY TO YOUR SUCCESS WITH BODYWORK FOR PAIN OR STRESS:
When looking for a therapist, one should ask questions before scheduling an appointment. These questions should include: the type of training he/she has, how long have they been working, what kind of experience and success have they had with the type of chronic pain you are experiencing.