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March 17, 2015

Massage is much more than just a relaxing experience. Massage is a great tool to use in rehabilitation of injuries of many types. Some massage techniques include myofascial, deep tissue, and stretching.

Myofascial works with fascia, which is the stuff that covers nearly everything in our bodies; muscles, muscle bundles and muscle fibers.  It can become tight and cause knots, limited range of motion, and pain. Myofascial massage is focused on releasing all soft tissue/fascia around the affected area to create room for the muscles to move and function properly. Many times when pain is percieved in one area of the body it does not necessarily indicate that is where the problem originates. So, by getting everything moving smoothly, the affected area will release and proper function will take over.

Deep tissue massage is working with the muscles themselves.  The idea is to work either with or against the direction of muscle fibers to relax tightness and pain. Deep tissue does not always mean pain, however, it is simply a more focused approach to an ailment. Deep tissue release techniques are also very helpful to create range of motion in joints and release tension and therein pain. With a deep tissue release technique a muscle or a muscle group will be pinned down by the therapist while the clients movement will be used to stretch the area.

Streching is also a tool that is helpful to relax muscles and create range of motion. Passive stretching is not only relaxing, but effective.

Moreover, massage is a great tool to add to any rehabilitation program. Whether it is used to get mucles and joints moving smoothly and create normal function or to relax and allow your body to repair itself.

Portland Chiropractic Neurology is pleased to offer Massage Therapy to Southern Maine, located in Portland.