The Impact of Massage Therapy on Pain

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Pain is more than just a nuisance. Whether it is new, or chronic and constantly nagging, it can cause troubling effects that interfere with your regular routines and enjoyment of life. It is the most common reason for people to see their doctor, accounting for approximately 80 % of visits. The reasons for the pain, the severity, and the experience is different for each individual. The effect that pain has on each person is often much more than just physical; it can cause disruptions in the sleep cycle and in nervous system function. It can set off hormonal imbalances, increase stress, impact mood and alter your quality of life.

Many high quality studies have shown that Massage Therapy effectively eases pain. Massage therapy can interrupt its cycle in a variety of ways. The mechanical pressure of massage techniques and their stimulation on the body tissues increases circulation, which improves muscle and soft tissue discomfort and tension that is caused by reduced local blood circulation. Massage can also create a relieving effect by altering how messages are processed and transmitted between pain receptors and our brain. With the appropriate application of the correct techniques, pressure, rate, and rhythm, neurochemicals produced in the brain are released and pain can be quieted.

Registered Massage Therapists are educated to evaluate your discomfort, muscles and joints. It is important to note that just as each person’s pain is individual, so is the treatment plan of therapeutic massage individual to each person. Carolyn Cormier, Registered Massage Therapist at Best Health Physiotherapy, can work with you to develop a safe and effective treatment plan that will positively impact your senses and quality of life.