Massage has an enormous impact on health. It is considered an additional treatment. Additional therapies are aimed at treating certain diseases completely and not just temporarily eliminating the pain and symptoms. Such therapies are used in conjunction with conventional or basic medicine.
Nowadays, people give more and more importance to massage therapies and procedures. Despite its increasing popularity, there still are various myths about massage that may confuse people.
Let's discover and dismiss all myths about massage.
All massage types are basically the same. This is one of the most common myths that we may often come across. There are different types of massage and each type has its role. Spa massage, for instance, is responsible for reducing stress, as well as helps to reduce muscle pain. Sports massage is not only useful, but also obligatory for athletes, whether they are professional or amateur athletes. This type of massage helps to relax the muscles and joints of the body. Massage for physical therapy is aimed at restoring special injuries.
The effect of massage is only temporary.
The massage therapist can help the patient "train" tense muscles before doing physical exercises, which in turn helps to reduce pain and stress of the body long after the massage therapy. If you want to lead a healthy lifestyle, then regular massage is a great way to start with. It also helps to relieve several chronic pains, even treat them.
During massage procedures, only the muscles move. This is one of the most common myths. Professional massage therapists can help to relax swollen joints by gently moving the accumulated synovial fluid (synovial joints are covered by a layer of hyaline cartilage that lines the epiphyses of joint ends of bone with a synovial fluid that keeps them from binding together and deteriorating). Thanks to the procedure, massage therapists can also stretch the tensed areas of the fascia, the tissues that connect the bones, joints, and muscles.
After the massage procedure, the body should hurt, otherwise, it means the procedure was not effective. Some people may feel pain after a massage, especially if the deep tissues have been massaged, as the muscles are technically working, and as a result, you feel the same way you would if you had exercised. But let's not forget that one of the most important traits of massage is that it helps to relax and loosen up the body and after some relaxing procedures you may not feel pain at all. So, it’s simply wrong to think that painless massage procedures are ineffective.
Massage therapy should not be interrupted when feeling pain. This is definitely wrong. It is important to keep in mind that pain is a sign of a problem in the body. In case of any pain, the therapist should be immediately informed, in order, they can take measures and choose the right procedure for your body.
Massage helps to get rid of cellulite by 100%. Unfortunately, this is one of the positive myths that are not true. Cellulite is simply subcutaneous fat cells and is mostly a result of heredity and poor metabolism. One of the best ways to get rid of cellulite is to combine physical exercise with massage therapies.
So, we’ve discovered some myths about massage therapies and procedures, and answered some controversial questions.
Now let’s find out what are the benefits of massage?
- it improves sleep
- improves blood circulation
- improves skin tone
- eliminates fatigue and many types of pain
- removes depression and anxiety
- improves overall life quality, etc.
People with any type of illness should consult their doctor before massage therapy. After getting the doctor’s permission, it is important to choose the right massage therapist. In the case of an unprofessional approach, even a fully healthy patient can end up with health issues.
Be healthy and improve your life quality.