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Massage therapy is a broad term used to describe various manual (hands-on) therapy techniques used to promote tissue health, relieve pain, and increase the functionality of a body, be it human or animal. The type of massage therapy that will benefit a person varies greatly depending on their particular problem or injury and the person’s health. There is something for everyone, and customers should research their options to find what works for them. Whether you are looking for the best way to keep fit, reduce stress, or if you are looking for something a little closer to home, there is always a treatment out there for you. If you are looking to recover from sports or physical activity, or if you’re after treatment to help you relax after a stressful time, then read on and we will have some information on how you can best choose the right therapy for your needs.

However, there is back and neck massage

The most commonly recognized type of massage is  iv therapy Scottsdale, developed by Per Henrik Ling in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Swedish massage techniques consist of long, gentle strokes (effleurage), tissue massage (petrissage), or tapping ( tapotement), and can be used to relax the muscle or increase its tone depending on the application and technique. The pressure can be very light or deep, depending on the therapist, your needs, and your tolerance for pressure. During a massage therapy treatment consisting primarily of Swedish techniques, other modalities may be used, which may require additional or specialized training.

Relaxation, sports, pregnancy, infant and geriatric massage contain elements of Swedish techniques.

Relaxation massage tends to be slower and more rhythmic than a treatment-oriented therapeutic massage and its main objective is to increase the client’s relaxation. In infant massage, therapists teach parents how to work with their own babies, which is a great bonding experience and can help parents ease colic and help their babies sleep better. For special populations or conditions, such as pregnancy or geriatric massage, the application of techniques must be modified to suit the client’s needs.

Sports massage therapy consists not only of Swedish techniques, but also stretching, including “active inhibition” techniques, and can be performed before or after the event. Pre-event sports massage therapy uses rapid, rhythmic movements to warm up and stretch muscles, preparing them for the demands placed on them. Post-event sports massage is slower and is done to relieve pain, swelling, help eliminate metabolic waste, and decrease recovery time. Because of the array of benefits, many Long Branch residents recommend this type of therapy to others because it can be an excellent maintenance tool that can address muscle imbalances and injuries, as well as helping them achieve optimal performance. 

Deep tissue massage therapy basically consists of Swedish techniques that are used at a deeper level of the tissue. To effectively perform any type of massage, but especially deep tissue, the muscles must be heated to a superficial level to allow the therapist to enter the deeper layers and address the restrictions found there. It is recommended that therapists who want to practice “deep tissue” have a hi-lo table and receive specialized training to help them maintain the health of their own body, back and joints. It is advisable for new massage therapy clients to work with one type of deep tissue therapy, as it is not suitable for everyone and can be painful for someone not used to manual therapy.

Myofascial trigger point therapy is also known as trigger point release. A myofascial trigger point is a hyperirritable area within a tight band of muscle. The goal of this therapy is to reduce or eliminate the trigger point, thereby relieving pain. Derivative pain often has a very specific pattern depending on the muscle it is in and can often occur in a seemingly unrelated area. Trigger point therapy is integrated into Swedish massage treatments that helps to warm and stretch the tissue before and after release, respectively.

Friction or friction therapy is a specific, highly localized technique used to break up adhesions and scar tissue that can cause pain and inhibit movement. Friction therapy is not used alone, but is built into a routine using Swedish techniques to warm tissue and aid circulation to remove post-friction metabolic waste.

Myofascial release therapy, also called fascial release, involves manipulation and stretching of the fascia, the connective tissue that lines the body’s muscles, nerves, organs, and bones. To properly anchor and hook the tissue, oil or other means are not used, as “gliding” over the tissue is ineffective in most myofascial techniques.

Manual lymphatic drainage, also called lymphatic massage, lymph

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