Denver, CO (PRWEB) May 30, 2014
Chronic pain affects millions of Americans on a daily basis. While there is no one “fix” for everyone, after a research study published in April 2014 by researchers at University of Illinois at Chicago confirmed that massage therapy not only soothes sore muscles after exercise, but even improves circulation, the practitioners at Balanced Body Center in Denver want to get the word out for using massage therapy to alleviate chronic pain.
Chronic pain is different from acute pain in that acute pain signals that something is wrong with the body and needs immediate attention. Chronic pain, on the other hand, persists and sends pain signals to the brain ongoing. Some people may experience chronic pain for weeks, months, or even years, and while it can spring from an initial injury or illness, it can also appear from no seemingly obvious cause. While opioids and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications are known as the main drug treatments of chronic pain, Balanced Body Center in Denver offers an alternative to the traditional medical answer of pain pills: massage therapy.
In April 2014, a study conducted by UIC researchers (Jeanne Galatzer-Levy; University of Illinois at Chicago; April 15, 2014) confirmed that massage therapy not only soothes sore muscles after exercise, but even improves circulation. This validation of massage therapy within the realm of exercise and injury rehab also shows promise for massage therapy within the realm of chronic pain.
Massage therapy is one of the oldest healing modalities and massage therapists are trained through a variety of techniques available to help individuals get the pain relief they need. Education for massage therapists includes study and practice in; anatomy, physiology, contraindications and pathologies as well as many hands-on skills. It’s important to note that for chronic pain sufferers, professional massage therapy is vastly different from a brief back rub at home.
However, massage therapy shouldn’t be known as a quick fix scheme - a commitment to regular massage therapy is needed to maintain long lasting, cumulative mental and physical benefits, which can include relieving muscle soreness, increasing flexibility, boosting the immune system, and even relieving chronic pain. Massage does this by encouraging blood flow throughout the body, calming the nervous system through the release of endorphins, and stimulating the lymphatic system (which is crucial for the proper function of the immune system).
Balanced Body Center also offers a version of massage therapy called deep tissue massage, which works by manipulating layers of muscles and surrounding connective tissue in order to loosen up the areas that have stuck together, commonly referred to as “knots”. This technique increases circulation to targeted areas, stretches tissue and releases toxins that were trapped in the adhesions. During deep tissue massage, pressure is more focused and intense than in traditional massage, but should never actually hurt. The purpose of deep tissue massage is to “unstick” the fibers of a muscle while releasing deeply-held patterns of tension, removing toxins, while relaxing and soothing the muscle. It is both corrective and therapeutic.
Chronic pain is different for every person and needs to be treated differently for each individual. Located at 975 Lincoln St. in Denver, CO, the specialized practitioners at Balanced Body Center in Denver who are skilled in pain management know this inherently and are committed to matching each individual with the right alternative medicine practitioner and/or massage therapist. Learn more about massage therapy at Balanced Body Center in Denver, CO, on their website at http://drtrina.com or call the front office at (303) 861-6632.