Muscle therapy refers to a type of massage that is beneficial to the muscles. Neuromuscular massage is another term used to refer to this therapy. Muscle therapy is associated with softening of muscles that are tight, which helps to boost the elasticity of different muscles. This therapy makes sure that all types of muscular spasms and muscular pains are removed.
It is a physical therapy and it involves guidance by a therapist or a professional in this field. The therapist has adequate knowledge regarding the nervous system, the nerves and the impact on them. This professional also works with clinical and medical environment. Distortion of posture, trauma, injury or stress boosts the transmission of nerves, thus affecting the equilibrium. This makes the body to be more susceptible to pain and dysfunction. Muscle therapy applies static pressure that is required for pain relief, and this is carried out at myofascial points. It assists the nervous system of the patient by influencing the nervous system.
Muscle therapy helps in regulating the reduced levels of nerve activity hence it is very essential for general health and well being. Particular factors that contribute to pain, both mild and severe, are taken care of by this therapy. One of these is the trigger points, which are the points that forward the pain to the related parts of the body. Improper muscle movement leads to a distortion of the longitudinal and horizontal planes.
Another condition that is addressed by this therapy is ischemia. Decrease in circulation makes a person to become hypersensitive to some senses, especially the sense of touch. Some other poor movements, for example inappropriate sitting in front of a computer for a long time and bad posture when lifting things among others lead to biochemical dysfunction as well as imbalances in a person’s musculo skeletal system. This type of massage is also beneficial in the prevention of injury.
There are many health benefits of muscle therapy. First, this massage provides relief from pain and distress in the muscles. Another benefit of this therapy is that it promotes circulation hence enhancing movement. It also increases the recovery of muscles as well as their flexibility. For people with a stiff shoulder from working along on the computer, this therapy can help them regain their flexibility on the shoulder and it also gets rid of the pain that comes with the stiffness.
Another health benefit of massage therapy is that it gets rid of scar tissues and adhesions which result from prior injuries. The massage helps to soften and relax injured, overused and tired muscles. Other health benefits of muscular therapy include: relief of muscular tension linked with stress, increased circulation which helps as a lubricant and increased energy levels thus reducing fatigue.
Muscle therapy acts as a mechanical cleanser and improves muscle tone. It triggers lymph circulation, thus assists in the elimination of wastes and toxic materials. The therapy promotes trust and reduces the feeling of loneliness. This therapy also decreases any form of inflammation linked with ligament injuries and tears. It boosts the performance of athletes thus contributes to overall health.
Joe has been working for over 10 years as an occupational therapist in Perth.