Massage therapy is a promising field for pain management and is expected to grow by almost 26% by 2026. Often provided alongside other more conventional treatments, massage therapy can provide a host of benefits for athletes and chronic pain sufferers alike. At Better Health Solutions in Scottsdale, Arizona, the team provides a variety of different massage techniques to help you get healthier, faster. To learn more, call (480) 945-6900 to schedule your consultation or book online.
Massage Therapy Q & A
What is massage therapy?
Much like a massage you might receive at a spa or resort, massage therapy involves the kneading and rubbing of your body, including the skin, muscles, and ligaments. Unlike standard massage, massage therapy targets specific areas of your body that are in pain or contribute to pain.
What are the benefits of massage therapy?
As anyone who has received a massage can attest, massages feel good and help relieve tension, stress, and muscle tension. However, research suggests that many other health conditions benefit from massage therapy, including:
- Digestive issues
- Temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ)
- Sports injuries
- Other soft tissue strains or injuries
Though massage therapy holds promise for treating these conditions, massage therapy is a supplement to traditional treatment, not a replacement.
What types of massage therapy are there?
Better Health Solutions offers three types of massage therapy, each with their own benefits:
This gentler type of massage focuses on long, kneading strokes and circular movements. Swedish massage is one of the most common forms of massage and helps increase blood flow and flexibility, reduce stress, and improve pain management.
Deep tissue massage
During a deep tissue massage, Dr. Khayami uses more forceful, slower strokes to better reach the underlying muscles. This kind of massage particularly helps with muscle damage, such as the kind of injuries incurred in sports.
Targeted therapeutic massage
If you’re suffering from a pain or injury in a very specific area of your body, Dr. Khayami might create a personalized therapeutic massage routine to target that area. In this type of massage, he usually skips a full body treatment in favor of a longer session on the targeted area.
What can I expect during massage therapy?
You shouldn’t need much in the way of special preparations for your massage, though you might consider loose-fitting clothing so that you can quickly undress for your therapy.
If you’re allergic to certain types of oils, let your provider know beforehand to avoid triggering allergies. And depending on the type of massage you receive, you might experience some slight discomfort from pressure. You can simply let your provider know during therapy if you’re in pain from the massage.
Are you suffering from chronic pain and want to know if massage therapy can work for you? Call Better Health Solutions in Scottsdale, Arizona, to schedule your consultation or book online.