Massage therapy consists primarily of hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, specifically, the muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and joints for the purpose of optimizing health. Massage Therapy has a therapeutic effect which directly impacts the muscular, nervous and circulatory system, thus providing numerous benefits to the body.
Massage has an effect on local blood flow which promotes healing by increasing circulation to the affected areas. Massage is also an effective treatment for eliminating trigger points (knots) or tender areas within the tissue.
Trigger points can lead to pain that refers (travels) causing discomfort, and shortening of muscle fibers that reduce the optimal potential of the muscle. By relieving painful trigger points (often accompanying muscle strain or other soft tissue injuries) Massage Therapy can increase anti-inflammatory cells within the tissues treated, which assisits with the healing. Massage can also provide an increase in muscle flexibility and relaxation.