by Jennifer Smith, MT
Massage therapy is the manipulation of soft tissue such as muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissue. The benefits are numerous but the most common reason people seek massage therapy is muscle pain and tension. Other benefits include increasing joint range of motion, improving circulation, reducing pain and decreasing stress.
Massage therapy is able to improve or reduce symptoms of many common illnesses or injuries such as
- Repetitive strain injuries (like carpal tunnel)
- Muscle spasm
- Sports injuries
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
Massage therapy should also be a part of a preventative care plan. When muscles are healthy and have proper range of motion they are less susceptible to injury.
Please talk to your registered massage therapist about any conditions you have and where you are experiencing pain or discomfort in order to get the most out of your massage treatment.