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Title: Massage Therapy


1
Massage Therapy
  • Chapter 22

2
  • Oh, that the water softens the rocks with
    time, may thy hands craft my body soft like the
    weathered rocks
  • -Anonymous

3
An Historical Perspective ofMassage Therapy
  • Muscle massage is one of the oldest known
    techniques to relieve stress and muscle tension
    dating back to Ancient Greece, perhaps further.

4
The Need for Human Touch
  • Health experts predict that as advances in
    technology increase (less human contact), so will
    the need for human touch.
  • People tend to get more anxious without human
    touch.
  • Increased computer use promotes neck, shoulder
    and lower back soreness.

5
Massage Therapy
  • Muscle massage is the manipulation of skin,
    muscles, ligaments and connective tissue for the
    purpose of decreasing muscle tension and
    increasing physical comfort of musculature and
    its surrounding joints, thereby promoting a deep
    sense of relaxation.

6
Massage Therapy
  • Muscle tension is the number one symptom of
    stress.
  • Muscle massage is one of the oldest known
    techniques to relieve stress.
  • Some researchers believe that our high-tech
    society increases the need for human touch. Do
    you?

7
Massage Therapy
  • Massage therapy aids in the reduction of muscle
    tension and provides an essential human need,
    touch.
  • Research shows that massage therapy is as
    effective in promoting the relaxation response as
    are other forms of relaxation.

8
Types of Muscle Massage (Body Work)
  • Shiatsu (acupressure)
  • Swedish Massage (manipulation, stroking)
  • Rolfing (structural integration)
  • Myofascial Release (fascial manipulation)
  • Sports Massage (deep tissue with Swedish)
  • Thai Massage (pulling, lifting limbs deep
    tissue)

9
Other Touch Therapies
  • Hydrotherapy (water therapy, hot tubs, etc.)
  • Pet Therapy
  • Aromatherapy
  • Therapeutic Touch, Healing Touch (Energy Healing)

10
Aromatherapy
Pet Therapy
Related Touch Therapies
Hydrotherapy
Therapeutic Touch
11
Massage Therapy and Chronic Pain
  • Perhaps more than any other relaxation technique,
    massage is the preeminent technique to
    reduce/eliminate muscle/joint pain.

12
Physiological Psychological Benefits
  • Physical relaxation and decreased muscle tension
  • Increased blood supply
  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased sense of tranquility
  • Increased emotional relaxation

13
Best Application of Massage Therapy
  • After prolonged computer office work
  • After prolonged physical labor
  • After aerobic/anaerobic workouts
  • After childbirth for new mothers
  • Best technique to reduce muscle tension of any
    kind
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