What is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is commonly used at OSR to help those whose muscles may have experienced extended periods of overuse. It helps in loosening up any tight areas of the body, and making recovery quicker and easier. Request an appointment at OSR Physical Therapy Services today to talk with our physical therapists, and see if massage therapy can help you!
What Can Massage Therapy Treat?
Massage therapy reduces muscle pain and tension, helps reduce pain and anxiety for people with chronic illness, such as cancer, and reduce the physiological burden of stress and fatigue. It can be a very powerful service a physical therapist can offer but patients should know that massage therapy from a PT can be a more intense and uncomfortable experience compared to getting a massage from a massage therapist. This is because physical therapists often use massage therapy for soft-tissue mobilization (STM), which uses stretching and deep pressure to break up rigid muscle tissue, relax muscle tension, and move fluids trapped in the tissues that cause pain and inflammation. STM is used to treat soft tissue injuries including muscle strains and sprains. It is a type of manual therapy.
Soft Tissue Massage for Physical Therapy
Your muscles are made up of many small, thin fibers that contract on command, working together to mobilize your muscle groups. These muscles are attached to your bones by connective tissues, called tendons, enabling them to move your body parts. Your bones are then connected by tough bands of connective tissue, called ligaments, for added stability. Your ligaments are covered by yet another connective tissue called fascia. All of these connective tissues can be referred to as “soft tissues.”
Soft tissues help to mobilize your joints and give your body the strength it needs to perform tasks. Your soft tissues provide you with the ability to do many things; however, they also limit you from pushing yourself too far – even if that’s your intention. These can be damaged by certain stresses, especially those caused by the repeated actions within the athletic activity. Massage therapy can help to loosen up your muscles, and may even prevent future injuries from occurring.
How Massage Therapy will Improve Your Life:
Massage therapy can be extremely beneficial for people of all again. When you visit OSR Physical Therapy at any of our locations, a physical therapist may recommend specific types of massage to complement your physical therapy treatments, including:
- Deep tissue massage. This type of massage loosens up your muscles and their connective tissues.
- Myofascial release. This type of massage creates room for tissues that may be trapped by distortions or fascial adhesions, freeing them from constriction. Also known as trigger point therapy.
- Swedish massage. This type of massage relaxes any stiff or tense muscles you may have, allowing for increased blood flow and fluid drainage from swollen areas.
Massage therapy promotes tissue healing, so you can get back to living your life as quickly as possible. By working to mobilize, loosen, and relax your muscles, you can help them stay limber. This will decrease your risk of future strains, sprains, and ruptures.
Your soft tissues work hard to make sure your body is functioning correctly, so it is important to help optimize their health and function. If you’re in Anthem, Phoenix, Peoria, Gilbert, Scottsdale, Sun City, Glendale or Moon Valley, and you’re looking for a massage therapist, request an appointment from OSR Physical Therapy. Our therapists are happy to discuss our massage service with you and how it will benefit your life.