Did you know that massage therapy dates back thousands of years to ancient countries such as China, Japan, India, Egypt, Greece, and Rome? During the Renaissance, it became popular in Europe and was introduced in the United States in 1850 where it became popular for a variety of health reasons. During the 1930s and 40s, it lost some of its popularity because of the scientific and technological advances in medical treatment. However, during the 1970s athletes started using massage therapy to help them in their game, reinstating the popularity of massage therapy.
So what does massage therapy do? Research supports the general conclusion that massage therapy is effective for a variety of health reasons that are beneficial for most people, including:
- Relieve pain
- Rehabilitate sports injuries
- Reduce stress
- Increase relaxation
- Relieve anxiety and depression
- Aid in a feeling of general well-being.
In fact, it has been recommended by physicians that massage therapy be used in conjunction with acupuncture, chiropractic treatment, progressive relaxation, and yoga when patients with chronic low-back pain do not respond to traditional treatment.
The term "massage therapy" encompasses a variety of techniques. In general, a massage therapist manipulates the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. Some techniques include Swedish massage, sports massage, deep tissue massage, and trigger point massage. A trained and certified massage therapist can determine which technique would be the best treatment for your unique condition.
Because massage therapy compliments chiropractic treatment, many chiropractic clinics now employ licensed and certified massage therapists. Because the chiropractic clinic must adhere to all state and local licensing requirements, patients should have peace of mind when receiving massage therapy.
If you are unsure whether massage therapy would be appropriate for you because of an existing medical condition, discuss your concerns with your medical physician to ensure coordinated and safe care.
Need to know more about what does massage therapy do? Call McKim Chiropractic and schedule an appointment with a chiropractor to discuss how massage therapy and chiropractic treatment work together. Our licensed and certified staff is committed to helping the families of Nampa, ID, and Caldwell, ID, receive the best care possible for back pain!