Do you have aches and pains that don’t go away even with medication? You may want to give massage a try. Massage can help reduce pain by:
- Increasing blood flow to sore, stiff joints and muscles
- Triggering the release of natural painkillers called opioids in the brain
- Speeding up the flow of oxytocin, a hormone that relaxes and encourages a sense of calm and contentment
- Stimulating competing nerve fibers and impeding pain messages to and from the brain
Types of massage for pain relief:
Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this, the massage therapist often uses direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles.
Reflexology promotes relaxation in the body, improved lymphatic drainage and blood circulation. It also helps relieve pain associated with migraines, breathing disorders, digestive problems, circulatory problems, back problems, tension and stress.
Hot stone massage is a specialty technique that uses smooth, heated stones to relax tight muscles. This type of massage helps with back pain and aches, poor circulation, osteoarthritis and arthritis pain.
Ask your massage therapist about using pain relief products such as doTERRA’s Deep Blue for additional relief.
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When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation.
Deep tissue massage works by physically breaking down these adhesions to relieve pain and restore normal movement. To do this, the massage therapist often uses direct deep pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles.
Deep tissue massage techniques are the same as the techniques used in Swedish massage, but the pressure is more intense. The techniques used include:
- Effleurage: This technique involves gliding stokes using the fingertips and/or thumbs and the palms of the hands.
- Friction: This technique involves using circular pressure with the fingers and/or thumbs and the palms of the hands.
- Percussion: This technique involves tapping or brisk hacking.
- Petrissage: This technique includes kneading movements using the fingers and/or thumbs and the palms of the hands.
- Vibration: This technique involves vibrating or shaking the body using oscillatory movements.
- Active and Passive Movements: This technique involves stretching and bending.
Deep tissue massage shouldn’t be painful. Well-trained deep tissue massage therapists work very slowly, within the client’s tolerance, to stretch muscle layers without causing pain or damage. It often results in a little soreness afterwards, but you should feel better, not worse, after your massage.