Massage Therapy

What Is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy has been used to ease pain for many years. Most massage therapy techniques use rubbing, pressing, and moving of the muscles and other soft tissue with fingers and hands. Elbows, feet, and forearms are also used, based on what type of massage therapy is being performed.

Many people are beginning to realize how healthy it is to get a massage, making it a popular option for pain relief.

What Are the Different Types of Massage Therapy?

There are about 80 different types of massages available today. There are several types of massage that are more common than others. Each massage has a different benefit and purpose. Some popular types of massage therapy include Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, chair massage, Shiatsu massage, Thai massage, Lymphatic drainage massage, hot stone massage, reflexology, and pregnancy massage. Below is some more information about several of these popular massage therapies. 

Swedish Massage
Swedish massage is one of the most popular types of massages. Long, kneading strokes and light tapping are used to relax muscles and reduce tension. Effleurage, petrissage, friction, and tapotement are the four types of strokes used in Swedish massage to help relax the body.

Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massages are great for trouble spots on the body that need extra attention. Slow strokes are used on muscles and other soft tissue that reach deep layers or soft tissue and can help heal injuries.

Sports Massage
Sports massage helps athletes perform at their best and can be performed before or after an athletic event. These massages increase flexibility, prevent and heal various sports related injuries, and reduce muscles strains. A sports doctor may recommend a massage based on the type of injury an athlete has.

Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage uses stones that are warmed up on specific parts of the body to promote relaxation and heal sore muscles. 

What Are the Health Benefits of Massage Therapy?

There are many health benefits of massage therapy. These include relieving symptoms of back pain, relieving pain from headaches and migraines, improving symptoms of osteoarthritis, lowering symptoms of depression, and even reducing symptoms of cancer. Contact our massage therapist today to get more information about our massage therapy sessions. 

Our Arlington Chiropractor Offers Massage Therapy

Make an appointment when you can so that we can help you get the pain relief you need. Our chiropractic team at Bowman Chiropractic Center in Arlington is looking forward to helping you out today. Call 703-528-2726.

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