Massage therapy, also known as soft tissue manipulation, is a noninvasive method of health care. It is a very safe and effective method to relieve pain, stress and muscle soreness. Massage therapy is used by many people to treat medical conditions or injuries, or to maintain good health.
Licensed Massage Therapist
Temecula massage therapists are occupational therapists who specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention soft tissue disorders. They use their anatomy, physiology knowledge and massage techniques in order to treat clients. They manipulate muscles, ligaments and tendons using manual techniques. They work in different settings such as hospitals and clinics, rehab centers, spas, and private practice.
Their education includes coursework covering human anatomy and physiology as well as neurology, massaging techniques, and other aspects of general healthcare. They must also undergo a minimum 150 hours in clinical training before they can begin to practice their skills.
They may specialize in a certain type of massage, such as Swedish or deep tissue. They may focus on a certain clientele such as the aged or athletes. They often consult with other health professionals, such as chiropractors, physicians or physiotherapists, to aid in the treatment and provide the client with referrals, if necessary.
Massage therapists can treat a variety of conditions ranging from pain to stress. They can help reduce the signs and symptoms of chronic diseases, such as cancer or fibromyalgia.
Your massage therapist will talk with you about your health and any problems you have, and they may ask about the medications you are taking. They will ask you which parts of your body would you like to have worked on.
The therapist can then apply pressure, and gently move your body into positions which will relax you. This is acupressure. The therapist can use their fingers to stimulate energy pathways within your body.
They can also use a tool to massage you, such as a special thong, or acupressure ball. They can use hot and cold packs on specific body parts.
Their massages could be scented by essential oils. They might also use music and sound therapy to relax you. They may also give you some water to drink following the massage.
Massages can be beneficial for your mental health as well. They stimulate the c fibers in the brain. These nerves control “fight or flight”, and your parasympathetic neural system, which helps relax and sleep. They also boost your mood by stimulating the production endorphins.
A massage is believed to reduce cortisol (the stress hormone) and increase levels of dopamine and serotonin, neurotransmitters which stabilize your mood. This is why massages can be soothing for many people.
Massage can reduce inflammation. For example, research shows that a massage session can improve immunity and reduce the amount or cytokines. It is also believed that the effect of massage may last a week or more after the treatment has ended.