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Different types of massage

Jun 19


Massage therapy is a popular treatment for pain. Massage therapy can be used to treat various health issues. Patients suffering from chronic pain may also get benefit from massage therapy. Massage therapy is the " controlled, systematic manipulation of soft tissues to treat or reduce pain, spasms, tension, stress, and improve health and wellbeing."

Types of Massage and What to Expect?

Massage therapy is considered a complementary or alternate therapy. It is not supported by the same science as other therapies. Massage with FFC is still effective.

There are many kinds of massage. These are the most popular types of massage you'll likely come across.

  • Swedish massage

Massage therapists typically make use of Swedish massage. This is also referred to as "traditional" massage. Kneading and rolling muscles is an effective methods of easing tension. Sometimes, you will use light tapping and sometimes long hard strokes. The amount of pressure will be based on the patient's tolerance and needs. Although this massage can be uncomfortable, it's gentle and shouldn't cause pain.


  • Hot stone massage

This massage is similar to Swedish however it uses heated stones as well as the therapist's hand. The heated stones are employed to aid in relaxation and relief from pain. Furthermore, the hot stone massage may increase the quality of sleeping for patients.


  • Deep tissue massage

Deep tissue massage is an intensive massage that makes use of pressure to reach into muscles. This massage allows for the relaxation of tight muscles. It can cause pain however not enough to cause you to cry. If you feel the pressure is too much consult the massage therapist. Massages with deep tissue can cause you to feel sore for several days. This is nothing to worry about. Your massage therapist will walk you through the process.


  • Trigger point massage

A variety of body parts can affect other parts of our bodies. Tension in the neck can trigger headaches. Trigger point massage employs pressure to ease the tension created by the therapist. This will give you relief from pain. You can apply pressure to the trigger points until they become free. This is similar to deep-tissue massage. However, it may cause pain and discomfort.

  • Myofascial release

The facia is a thin connective tissue layer that covers all of your muscles. Facia must be flexible. If it's not, the massage therapist will be able to tell. The therapist will target the areas that are causing tension in the fascia to release it. Myofascial relaxation was examined in fibromyalgia patients. The results indicated that people suffering from fibromyalgia experienced higher levels of anxiety, better high-quality sleep and less pain, a better quality of life, and better quality of life.


  • Shiatsu

For relaxation Shiatsu masseurs use firm, pulsing pressure upon your body. Acupressure points are believed by many to promote relaxation. A study on Shiatsu massage to treat chronic pain treatment found that there was an improvement in the following areas "improvement in the intensity of pain, pressure pain threshold, and quality of sleep."


  • Thai massage

Thai massage employs gentle pressure to ease tension as well as pressure points. It is also possible to find yoga poses included in Thai massage. To relieve tension and stress Your therapist will assist you to determine the best position. The effectiveness of Thai and Swedish massages was examined. It was determined that Thai massages relieve chronic lower back pain by improving the physiological function improving mobility and disability, and decreasing anxiety and mood improvement.


  • Foam rolling

Foam rolling can be done at home as a self-massage. A foam rollator, which is inexpensive, and instructions on how to "roll out" tension or stress are needed. The application for chronic pain (download link below) offers instructions for foam rolling to relieve pain.


You don't need to have massages done in the hospital setting. But, it's essential to select a person that has the appropriate qualifications and registration. Massage can be combined with other therapies to improve the quality of life of sufferers of discomfort. It's all about finding the right treatment for you.

Finlayson Family Chiropractic

6201 Pacific Ave STE A, Tacoma, WA 98408

(253) 302–3750

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