When people hear the phrase “massage therapy” they may think of a fancy spa treatment. More and more, however, scientists are finding evidence of the importance of massage for our health. Perhaps most obviously, massage can play an important role in reducing stress and its harmful effects. We’re also learning, however, that massage is an important component in many medical treatment regimes as well—particularly when people are recovering from serious physical trauma.
At Northgate Physiotherapy, Chiropractic, & Massage Centre in NE Calgary, we’d like everyone to know about massage therapy and its benefits. What is Massage? Although you’ve probably at least heard of it before, you may not know what massage therapy actually is. The word “massage” simply describes a process of pressing, rubbing, or manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Although more studies are needed to fully understand the effects of massage, it’s clear that massage works to relax these parts of your body while, at the same time, stimulating the essential blood flow that your body needs to repair and maintain itself. At a massage therapy centre in NE Calgary, however, you’ll probably have several different kinds of massage available to you, including:
Swedish massage, which is a relatively gentle procedure that mainly targets your skin and muscles.
Deep massage is a little more aggressive and targets deeper muscle groups as well as connective tissue in your body.
Sports massage is a set of massage techniques developed specifically to help heal and prevent the kinds of bodily stress that athletes endure.
Trigger point massage is designed to work tight muscle groups that develop after serious injuries.
How Can Massage Help You? The primary use for massage therapy is to relieve and prevent the many physical tolls that stress can take on your body. What’s more, massage therapy is being used more and more often as a part of normal medical treatments, particularly when it comes to physical trauma. At Northgate Centre, we provide massage therapy to our NE Calgary clients suffering from:
Back and neck pain
Sprains, strains, and spasms
Arthritis and tendonitis
Various sports injuries
Carpal tunnel syndrome
TMJ related disorders
If you have any of these issues, we can recommend a unique massage therapy regime that will have you feeling better in no time. Contact us at Northgate Centre in NE Calgary today to find out more.