Massage therapy was one of the oldest ancient healing practices and was once believed to have therapeutic powers and help cure diseases. It is a technique described as kneading or stimulating the muscle in order to increase its range of motion and productivity.
There are many things that can result in muscle pain. This may include normal everyday aging, over or underuse of a specific area of the body, or it may be a lasting result from an injury. Either way, those who suffer from muscle pain understand just how uncomfortable and debilitating it may be.
Treatment Options Available To You
Those suffering from muscle pain understand that taking OTC pain relief medication alone can sometimes not be enough to take away the muscle pain. This can cause stress and irritation because the muscle pain cannot be managed.
At-home remedies such as stretching and exercising may help temporarily. Thankfully, alternate treatment options are available, such as chiropractic services, deep tissue massage, and therapeutic massage.
- Deep tissue massage breaks apart adhesions and scar tissue in the muscles and fascia, which can lead to discomfort, stiffness, and inflammation. Stripping, which involves applying pressure along the muscle fibers, and friction, which involves the massage therapist going against the muscle’s grain, help to release knots, which in turn helps to reduce or eliminate discomfort. The deepest regions of muscles, tendons, and fascia are pressured to release the neurotransmitters oxytocin and serotonin.
- Therapeutic massage is often described as a massage technique that is targeted to a specific muscle area. This massage helps the body’s natural pain relief system to activate and act on alleviating the pain in the muscle. This massage technique is typically used for patients who have experienced an injury or neuromuscular disease such as Myasthenia gravis.
The benefits of receiving a massage are endless. Massage therapy can help reduce muscle pain in the body by relaxing the muscles, reducing tension, enhancing physical performance, and giving a better overall quality of life.
Different Types and Causes of Muscle Pain
Muscle pain is usually split into two categories. The first is muscle pain caused by muscle activity, such as an injury from sports or overuse, and the second category consists of muscle pain caused by any other underlying issues within the body. A few other types of muscle pain can include cramping, soreness or tightness of the muscles, spasms, muscle tears, or pulled muscles.
Most people, at some point, experience some sort of muscle pain, either dull or severe. This can be caused by the normal growth process that humans experience, tension or stress, over or underuse of a specific muscle, and injury or accidents that the body may have experienced.
Other causes of muscle pain include:
- Syndromes including chronic fatigue, chronic exertional compartment, or Myofascial pain.
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Lyme disease
If you or someone you know is experiencing muscle pain and would like to explore the pain relief treatment options including massage therapy available in Miami, Hollywood, Miami Gardens, Hialeah, or any surrounding area in Florida, call Aventura Wellness & Rehab Center at (305) 705-0777.