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More Than Just a Luxury

Massage is being recognized as an alternative medical treatment.

According to a recent consumer survey sponsored by the American Massage Therapy Association, 77 percent of respondents said their primary reason for receiving a massage in the past year was medical or stress-related.

Perhaps it's not surprising, then, that medical centers nationwide now offer massage as a form of patient treatment.

The American Hospital Association recently surveyed 1,007 hospitals about their use of complementary and alternative medicine therapies, and more than 80 percent said they offered massage therapy. Upwards of 70 percent said they used massage for pain management and relief.

The medical community is more accepting of massage therapy than ever before. Many massage therapists now have active, fruitful relationships with conventional care providers.

— Jerrilyn Cambron, Board President of the Massage Therapy Foundation

How Massage Works

There are myriad massage techniques, as well as ways to receive it. Sometimes the massage therapist’s touch will be deep; other times, light.

You may keep your clothes on and sit in a chair, or lay unclothed on a table underneath a sheet. The massage could last for a few minutes or an hour. Occasionally it'll be a full body massage; other times the massage therapist will focus on an isolated muscle group.

However, all massages boil down to the same thing: the therapeutic manipulation of the body’s soft tissues using a series of pressured movements. A massage therapist uses his or her hands, elbows, fingers, knees or forearms to administer touches ranging from light strokes to deep kneading motions. Occasionally, therapists will also use a massage device.

Most people agree massage feels good. But does science support the notion that it’s good for you?

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“We do not yet have a complete understanding of what happens physiologically during massage or why it works,” Cambron says. But a recent study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine suggests massage reduces the body’s production of cytokines – proteins that contribute to inflammation. Massage therapy was also shown to stimulate mitochondria, the energy-producing units in cells that aid in cell function and repair.

Massage is thought to reduce cortisol levels and regulate the body’s sympathetic nervous system – both of which go haywire when you’re stressed.

Lisa Corbin, an associate professor at University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Division of General Internal Medicine

 

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Who Does It Help?

A 2011 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine reports that massage therapy is a beneficial treatment for chronic back pain.

Additional research indicates massage therapy helps individuals with migraines, insomnia or other tension-related issues. It also benefits postoperative patients; massage shows potential to help with wound healing by increasing blood flow.

Corbin says anyone can get a massage, regardless of age or physical health.

Those with chronic medical conditions, however, need to avoid the corner spa and seek out someone who specializes in medical massage. They’ll also need to give the massage therapist a health history so he or she can adapt techniques and touch to their needs.

Where Should I Go to Find the Care I Need?

Thanks to the dizzying array of options offered at spas, many people go into their first appointments confused about which type of massage to get.

Bottom line? Don’t stress about whether you’re getting a Swedish or a shiatsu massage. Instead, focus on finding a good provider. He or she will be able to combine different types of pressure, ranging from light to hard, and focus on your problem areas.

Manual therapy, stretching, deep tissue work, and active release techniques are all modalities utilized by the medical staff and therapists at Modoma MedMassage. Examinations to determine the best treatment for you is done by trained, licensed medical providers.

Take your next step and get a professional opinion from a medical provider. That’s their job! Your job is to take care of yourself and Modoma MedMassage can help you do that.

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Need Help?

Modoma is a medically directed health and wellness clinic providing physical medicine and rehabilitation. We combine the benefits of massage with the medical practicality of physical therapy.

4944 Preston Rd, Ste 100A
Frisco, TX 75034
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(972) 861-1143