Massage therapy is an extremely common practice dating back thousands of years. It is primarily used to induce relaxation, reduce pain and inflammation, and to promote healing of the musculoskeletal system. Massage therapy can be used to treat back pain, sleep disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes and depression. Millions of massages are performed every year with countless points of tension relieved.
What does a massage therapist do?
Massage therapists assess the body’s soft tissue and joints, including the muscles and tendons. They physically manipulate the muscles to relieve pain and symptoms of stress, or to develop, rehabilitate, increase or maintain physical function. While massage therapy does not require as much training and expertise as other medical professions, it is a very important sector in the healthcare industry. Muscle tension can be culpable for many injuries, and, to prevent more serious injuries, qualified massage therapists can find where that tension exists and relieve it. A massage therapist’s duties may include:
- Collaboration with clients on levels of stress and pain in order to create a customized treatment plan
- Assist doctors and/or chiropractors in a patient’s recovery from injury or physical therapy
- Exercise discretion with a client’s medical history and injuries while using massage to relieve tension and pain
- Coach clients on proper exercises, stretches, and relaxation techniques
- Properly document all treatments
- Maintaining treatment records
- Recognize health issues that require a referral to another healthcare provider
What’s the difference between a masseuse and a massage therapist?
A word of French origin, “masseuse” refers to a female practitioner of massage therapy. Males in the industry, on the other hand, were known as “masseurs.” However, due to certain distasteful connotations with the term (as well as the necessity for more gender neutral terminology), “massage therapist” is the preferred term.
Although masseuse has come to carry a negative connotation, it means the same thing as massage therapist.
To earn the title, massage therapists have to study their practice and subsequently obtain state licensing. From there, they can practice in spas, medical centers, dedicated massage therapy clinics, and everywhere in between. And, as the name implies, they specialize in the relaxation and healing of muscles and the connected tissues.
What is massage therapy used for?
Studies have shown that massage can lower blood pressure, reduce heart rate and increase lymph flow and blood circulation. It also improves range of motion, relaxes muscles and increases endorphins, which can all enhance medical treatment.
Although it can stimulate weak and inactive muscles, which helps compensate for lack of exercise and inactivity caused by illness or injury, therapeutic massage does not increase muscle strength.
Massage therapy can help in the treatment of stress-related physical conditions, including:
- Anxiety and depression
- Headaches and migraines
- Pain, including muscle tension, neck, shoulder and back pain
- Repetitive stress injuries
If you or someone you know is experiencing muscle tension and pain or high levels of stress, come to TRUE Health Medical today! Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in performing massage therapy and can help you find relief from your pain and induce relaxation. For more information on our massage therapy and how it can benefit you, call our office and get in touch with a member of our specialist team. To book an appointment with our massage therapist, visit our website or speak with us over the phone today. We serve patients from Gilbert AZ, Chandler AZ, Queen Creek AZ, Sun Lakes AZ, Mesa AZ, Sacaton AZ, and Apache Junction AZ.