Therapeutic massage may date back more than 4,000 years, but it’s as relevant as ever. As one of the world’s first hands-on therapies, massage is still one of the most effective ways to ease tension, reduce stress, alleviate pain, and improve circulation. Dr. Robert Gonzalez and the world-class team at ProHealth Physical Medicine in Studio City, California offer comprehensive health care -- including massage therapy -- to patients from communities across Los Angeles.
Therapeutic massage is a holistic technique, meaning it takes a whole-person approach to treatment. It involves the manipulation of soft tissues (including your skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments) through rubbing, kneading, pressing. There are many styles of massage designed to meet a variety of needs, ranging from those that involve light, gentle strokes to those that use deep, kneading pressure.
When a massage therapist manipulates soft tissues, it stimulates the transmission of electrical signals, both to the area that they're massaging and throughout the body. These signals, along with the healing properties of touch, help alleviate pain and tension, induce a sense of calm, stimulate circulation, heal muscle damage, and activate the lymphatic system to clear waste products. Massage also prompts the release of endorphins and reduces stress hormone levels.
In total, there are almost 100 different techniques of massage and bodywork, and each is designed to achieve a definite goal. Some of the most common types of massage are:
Having just a single massage can leave you feeling relaxed and energized, both physically and mentally. Making therapeutic massage a regular part of your health and wellness routine can benefit you on a whole new level. Having massages on a regular basis can help:
Therapeutic massage is an excellent complementary therapy to chiropractic care, as well. Used together, each technique enhances the other to achieve complete healing more efficiently.
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