massage therapy

Massage uses firm pressure and slow movement to reach deeper layers of muscle and fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles).  It's commonly used for chronic aches and pain, stiff necks, upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders.  It is a wonderful accompaniment to chiropractic care, either post injury or as part of a wellness and prevention approach.


How Does It Work?

Massage therapy seasons break up scar tissue and physically breaks down muscle "knots" that can disrupt circulation and cause pain, limited range of motion, and inflammation.  


Massage therapists use fingertips, knuckles, hands, elbows, and forearms during a deep tissue massage. You might be asked to breathe deeply as the massage therapist works on specific areas.


There may be instances during the massage that you feel discomfort as the massage therapist works on muscle adhesions or scar tissue.  You should always tell your massage therapist if you feel pain during the massage, as she can adjust the technique in response.


After the massage, you may feel some stiffness or soreness, which should subside within 24-48 hours. Be sure to contact your massage therapist if you have concerns or if you feel pain after having a massage.  Drinking plenty of water after the massage will help to flush the metabolic waste from the tissues.


Benefits

Massage therapy typically focuses on a specific issue, such as chronic muscle pain, injury rehabilitation, or reduction of inflammation. Massage is indicated to be more effective in relieving osteoarthritis pain and fibromyalgia pain than physical therapy, exercise, prescription medications, diet, glucosamine, and over-the-counter drugs.


Massage therapy in Littleton

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