Pain can occur for a variety of reasons. Massage is used to help relieve and manage pain.
Massage helps to relieve and reduce pain by interfering with the body's pain signal pathways, releasing endorphins, removing waste products and increasing blood circulation. Massage therapists at Manchester Physio provide massage therapy services to provide pain relief as part of a treatment.
When can massage be used to decrease pain?
Massage to decrease pain can be used:
Massage is used to prevent and treat pain associated with delayed onset muscle soreness. Massage is also relaxing and calms the stress and anxiety which can be related to the feeling of pain. Massage also increases blood circulation to the muscles and increases temperature. Increased temperature allows muscles to relax. Relaxed muscles are beneficial before exercise to prevent tension build up and preventing injuries from occurring.
Massage can be used to decrease pain post injury. Massage can assist the recovery of injuries and help speed up recovery. Massage helps by increasing the healing process of damaged tissues, breaking down scar tissue and restoring range of movement.
Massage can be used to treat pain caused by DOMS. Massage helps increase the blood flow to joints and muscles, increasing temperature. Massage also triggers the brain to release natural painkillers in the body called endorphins. Sore and painful muscles can be a common symptom after physical activity. Soreness after exercise is known as delayed onset muscle soreness. Delayed onset muscle soreness is the result of muscles having to work harder than usual, or in a different way. Exercise can cause microscopic damage to muscles fibers resulting in soreness and stiffness.
How does massage help to decrease pain?
Massage is an effective treatment to help decrease pain. Massage helps to decrease pain by interrupting the pain cycle, releasing hormones, removing waste products from the body and increasing circulation
Massage helps by interrupting the pain signals to the brain. The touch of massage to a painful area interferes with pain signal pathways to the brain. A process called the ?pain gate theory? sends impulses towards the spinal cord then up to the brain. The brain receives signals that perceived ad pain. Massage interferes by sending other impulses along the sane pathways. Pain signal therefore do not manage to reach the brain and the feeling of pain is not perceived.
Massage also helps reduce pain by stimulating the release of hormones in the body. A number of different hormones are released called endorphins, serotonin and dopamines. E ndorphins, serotonin and dopamines are feel good hormones produced in the brain. Massage stimulates the release of hormones producing feelings of euphoria and a sense of well-being. The endorphins produced can work so powerful that they manage to mask pain.
Massage helps to decrease pain by removing waste products out of the body. A build-up of waste products in the muscle can cause tension and cause muscles to tighten. Tight muscles cause pain and can restrict movement. Massage helps to stimulate the lymphatic system so that waste products can be flushed out. Stimulating the drained or waste products promotes more oxygen and nutrients into the muscles, decreasing tension and relieving pain.
Massage is an effective treatment to help decrease pain by increasing blood circulation. The pain cycle is initiated by the result of a reflex reaction. Pain sensory signals are transferred to the spinal cord. The reflex reaction stimulates the muscle tissues surrounding the injury in order to offer support. This stimulation causes more damage and pain as muscles tighten. The restriction and lack of blood to the area causes more inflammation and pain. Massage helps by restoring the blood flow through an effected area, reducing tension and restoring movement. The increase of blood to muscles allows relaxation and pain to be decreased.
What are the benefits of receiving a massage to decrease pain?
Massage to decrease pain has many benefits. The benefits of massage for decreased pain include:
Massage can help provide pain relief. Massage can be used as a pain relief for many conditions. Massage increases the flow of blood to joints and muscles; increasing temperature. Massage also triggers the release of natural pain killers and feel good hormones that promote the feeling of relaxation. The touch of massage also interferes with pain signals which do not reach the brain, therefore the feeling of pain is reduced.
When pain is decreased range of movement is increased. Massage relaxes the muscles which tighten due to the body's reaction to pain. Muscles that surround an injury tighten and restrict movement as a protection mechanism. Massage can reduce muscle tightness by increasing blood flow and reducing tension. Massage stretches and loosens muscle fibres so that movement is enhanced.
A benefit of massage reducing pain is improved recovery. Massage can be used to speed up recovery time so people can return to sport or normal daily activities quicker. Massage helps to increase healing of damaged tissues by increasing blood circulation. Increased blood circulation delivers more oxygen and nutrients to muscle tissue and assists in repairing and healing. Once tissues are healed, inflammation will decrease and pain is reduced.
Massage helps to reduce and relieve pain. Massage increase blood flow to an area, triggers the brain to release natural pain killers, interrupts pain signals to the brain removes waste products and restores range of movement. Massage can also be used to decrease pain on many occasions such as, post injury, post event and pre event. Massage therapists at Manchester Physio provide massage therapy services to provide pain relief as part of a treatment.
How can I arrange a massage to reduce pain?
To arrange a massage to decrease pain at Manchester Physio, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 883 0077.