Millions of people suffer from muscle and joint pain every day. In fact, according to the National Institute of Health, pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. Because everyone experiences pain differently, and there are dozens of attributable causes, it’s necessary to have a variety of treatment approaches. Therapeutic massage is one such treatment that has worked for many.

Types of Massage

Therapeutic Massage

Therapeutic massage is a general term that is used to describe a type of massage used to provide pain relief and restore function. The specific type of therapeutic massage that is used will depend on the symptoms and the type of injury or affliction.

Deep Tissue Massage

Just as it sounds, deep tissue massage is used to relieve tension in the deeper layers of tissue in your body. It can be most effective at relieving pain and muscle tension in troublesome areas due to previous injuries and chronic pain conditions.

Due to the nature of deep tissue massage, many people experience soreness after treatment. However, the benefits far outweigh the temporary discomfort as most people will also experience a release of muscle tension that also reduces stress and provides a calming effect.

Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage is the most common type of massage and it is usually associated with long, gentle strokes that promote relaxation. While many patients enjoy the calming nature of a Swedish massage, there are several other medical benefits as well.

Swedish massage is well-suited for people that have excess tension in their shoulders, back, and neck. This type of pain is common in those who sit for long periods or work on a computer most of the day. Swedish massage can help provide relief from headaches, backaches, and muscle knots, plus it provides a calming effect.

Due to its lighter touch, Swedish massage is often a good option for those who suffer from chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia or arthritis. This type of bodywork improves circulation and offers a way to manage symptoms as a supplement to other therapies.

Sports Massage

This type of massage is different from others in both its purpose and technique. Sports massage is used to help athletes of all kinds in the prevention or treatment of injury and therefore a variety of strokes and varying pressures can be used depending on individual needs. The overarching goal of sports massage as a preventative therapy is to improve flexibility and range of motion. For rehabilitative purposes, a sports massage helps to reduce pain and swelling while increasing blood flow to promote healing.

Call Flex Chiropractic for Therapeutic Massage

For those who have used massage as a method of tension release, pain management, and healing, the results are real. Contact Flex Chiropractic in Lexington or Columbia to learn more about the types of massage we offer and how it might be of benefit to you. We look forward to hearing from you!