The therapeutic massage is a type of massage that improves the health of the body in general and contributes to relieving the pain of some health conditions.
The therapeutic massage includes the application of pressure, the degree of which may vary according to the patient’s condition or desire, as great pressure is not a condition of a therapeutic massage.
Types of therapeutic massage
There are many types and techniques of therapeutic massage currently in use, including:
Swedish massage, known as traditional massage, involves the use of oil and is primarily used for relaxation.
- Reiki massage
Reiki massage uses light touch, through which the body’s energies are addressed.
- Craniosacral massage
The craniosacral massage focuses on the central nervous system, and uses a pressure equal to 5 grams.
- Deep tissue massage
Intense pressure is used in deep tissue massages, and emphasis is placed on the deeper layers of muscle tissue, tendons, and fascias.
- Rolf massage and myofascial release
This type of therapeutic massage uses more aggressive soft tissue control techniques.
Benefits of a therapeutic massage
Therapeutic massage can increase the flexibility of the joints, improve the movement of the lymph fluid and stimulate the secretion of endorphins, so it is used to relieve the pain of many chronic health problems or acute health problems, and among these health problems we mention:
- Repetitive stress injuries due to prolonged standing posture.
- Various headaches, such as migraines, cluster headaches, tension headaches, and sinus headaches.
- lower back pain.
- Frozen shoulder .
- Whiplash injuries.
- Diseases of the temporomandibular muscles and joints.
- Muscle sprains and strains.
- Back pain .
- Therapeutic massage can be used as a form of treatment or assistive care for cancer patients to reduce their level of anxiety and pain.
Negative effects of therapeutic massage
The negative effects of a therapeutic massage are few, but serious effects may appear sometimes, such as:
- The appearance of blood clots.
- Causing nerve injuries.
- Causing bone fractures.
Contraindications to the use of therapeutic massage
There are some cases in which it is preferable not to use a therapeutic massage, including:
- Patients with heart disease.
- Patients with infectious diseases.
- Patients with phlebitis .
- Some skin diseases such as skin infections and skin infections