We all instinctively know that massage is good for our health. Deep tissue massage involves a more targeted focus towards areas with muscle knots and tight tissue and will provide reduced muscle tension, stiffness, and fatigue to improve athletic performance and normal day-to-day posture. 

What are the typical symptoms that massage therapy can alleviate? 

Here’s a list of common symptoms/benefits that massage therapy has proven to bring. 
Relieves headache and migraine pain 
Increases the flow of lymph and enhances the immune system 
Improves flexibility 
Lowers blood pressure 
Increases circulation 
Reduces carpal tunnel symptoms 
Boosts energy 
Releases endorphins and in turn enhances your mood 
Osteoarthritis, cancer, fibromyalgia, and anxiety/depression are good examples of medical conditions where massage therapy can help alleviate symptoms. However, it’s important to note that deep tissue massage for Fibromyalgia is NOT recommended due to the intensity and pressure of the strokes. 

Massage and osteoarthritis 

For individuals who have osteoarthritis, massage therapy can help relieve swelling as well as pain, whilst also encouraging joint mobility and improving circulation through your arthritic joints. Using massage therapy for this condition is an excellent short-term drug-free solution to soothe pain and increase the quality of life. Always check with your GP to see which type of massage treatment is safe and appropriate for your form of arthritis. Some types of treatment may not be right for you and could cause issues. 

Massage and cancer 

We understand that patients undergoing chemotherapy often find that they bruise and bleed easily, so following an in-depth consultation, it’s likely the correct massage approach for most will be light with no pressure on affected areas. Comfort and pain relief can also be provided through massage for those who have recently had cancer-related surgery. 
Despite the many benefits of massage treatments for cancer patients, there are some concerns to be aware of. Prior to your massage booking, you should always look to consult with your GP for specific medical advice for your particular cancer and get advice on the most suitable massage treatment. When you have a consultation with your massage therapist, you should outline any specific details surrounding your cancer and the areas of pain, as well as other relevant specifics your GP may have provided. This way we can be sure to provide you with the best massage treatment for your condition. 

Massage and fibromyalgia 

Patients who suffer from Fibromyalgia will first need to get clearance from their GP prior to booking an appointment. This is due to the heightened sensitivity of pressure that is associated with Fibromyalgia, a factor which can cause greater damage if the condition is too extensive or incorrectly massaged. 
If you suffer from this ailment it is suggested you look for a therapist who has experience with treating fibromyalgia, your healthcare assistant or GP should be able to recommend a good clinical massage therapist for your needs. 

Massage and anxiety and depression 

Massage therapy for anxiety and depression is overlooked as a tremendous alleviator for related symptoms. Whilst a mental illness, our physical bodies and what we do with them play a great part in chemical balances, which in turn impact our mental state. 
For example, cortisol; the body’s primary stress hormone, is a hormone which helps your body to respond to stress, regulate blood sugar, repair tissue, and fight infections. Following a massage, cortisol levels decline, and serotonin increases, therefore encouraging the anti-pain mechanisms inside your body. 

Why choose Fire&Earth? 

For many people, our treatment facility will provide a safe and nurturing place for them to relax, focus, and find a moment of clarity. Massages can increase the awareness of mind and body connection and can help generate confidence, self-image, and self-worth. Also, a friendly therapist can be a person great person to chat with, but here at Fire and Earth, we offer massages with and without a chat. 
Do you want to become a sports therapist to help people relieve their symptoms? Contact us today
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