The Healing Power of Massage Therapy

Massage is a time-tested technique for soothing tight muscles, encouraging relaxation, and bringing relief to muscle pain — but its true powers extend far beyond these undeniable benefits. Here at Orland Park Integrated Health Center in Orland Park, IL, our chiropractic care team often prescribes massage therapy as a useful complement to spinal adjustments and other natural healing methods. The skilled hands of our Licensed Massage Therapist, Melissa Goitia, can administer a variety of techniques to speed the healing process, relieve back pain and discomfort, and improve your overall wellness.

There are a variety of massage techniques in use by today’s therapists, each with its own particular strengths and emphases. For instance:

  • Swedish massage is a light-pressure technique that focuses on muscle groups just under the skin.
  • Deep tissue massage is a more forceful technique for manipulating muscles other tissues at a deeper level than Swedish massage.
  • Trigger point therapy relaxes painful knots of muscle tissue.
  • Myofascial release helps break up deep internal scar tissue that inhibits muscle motion.
  • Pregnancy massage is specially designed to help expectant mothers enjoy a safer and less uncomfortable pregnancy.
  • Sports massage helps athletes recover from strenuous events, sports injuries, and prime their bodies for the next big challenge.

Massage therapy can have a wide range of profound healing and pain relieving effects on the body. Some of the main benefits you may experience are:

Better Blood Flow

Massage stimulates an increase in blood flow to the area being treated. This is enormously helpful for soft tissue injuries because it encourages the distribution of oxygen and other healing substances to tissues that need it most. This allows for faster cellular repair and speedier healing. Better circulation also helps relieve swelling due to edema.

Pain Relief

The same action that accelerates injury healing also helps to relieve localized pain and inflammation. That’s because the tissues are better able to expel inflammatory substances that would otherwise build up. The loosening of muscles can also bring relief from tension headache pain. Trigger point therapy can help manage the chronic pain of fibromyalgia and other musculoskeletal conditions, while myofascial release for adhesions can “unglue” muscles and connective tissues that have been painfully stuck together by scar tissue.

Stress relief

The relaxation of major muscle groups relieves anxiety and boosts your mood so you can feel calmer and sleep better. This kind of stress relief also helps to normalize high blood pressure, respiratory issues, immune dysfunction, and other stress-related ailments.

Schedule An Appointment At Our Orland Park Integrated Health Center

Now that you know some of the important benefits you can obtain from massage therapy, isn’t time you experienced these benefits for yourself first hand? If you are dealing with any type of pain, whether that be acute or chronic pain, massage therapy can be an effective pain management treatment. Contact Orland Park Integrated Health today to schedule an initial consultation with one of our doctors. If we determine that this natural healing modality makes sense for your specific condition, we’ll prescribe the appropriate techniques to help you feel better and live healthier.