Relieve pain with therapeutic massages

Theraputic massages can help relieve aches and pain. (Photo courtesy of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals)

Theraputic massages can help relieve aches and pain. (Photo courtesy of Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals)

Therapeutic massages do more than just relax and eliminate stress from the body.  It is also an alternative used to relieve pain.  People are often surprised to see how effective massage therapy can be.

Chronic pain in the muscles is typically an indication of muscle tightness. Trauma, injury, muscle repetition, and even stress can develop into a chronic condition if left untreated. When muscles tighten, the fibers within the muscle decreases in length resulting in a shortened muscle.  This shortened muscle, along with a connective tissue called fascia, can begin to adhere to surrounding structures in the body, decreasing range of motion in the joints and placing pressure on nerves.

Tight muscles can also lead to a reduced circulation, which allows waste to accumulate. Waste irritates the nerves, therefore causing pain. Therapeutic massages relieve the pain by increasing circulation, softening and lengthening tight muscles and fascia, and breaking down any scar tissue or adhesions that have formed between tissue layers.

How can muscle pain be prevented?

Prevention is the key to keeping our bodies in healthy condition. Our bodies need regular tune-ups, just like our cars, to keep them performing efficiently and without problems.  Getting a massage at least once a month enables the body to release unwanted stress from the muscles and helps you feel your best.

Liz Florine, LMT, MMP, is a licensed massage therapist and medical massage practitioner.  She specializes in therapeutic massage for pain relief, sports injuries and pain management.  Her private practice, A Touch Above Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, is located in Barrington, Ill.

As of July 31, 2012, this service provider was highly rated on Angie's List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie's List.

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