- Alternative & Natural Medicine
Physical Relief Through Massage Therapy
One of the most interesting things I ever wanted to do besides becoming a nurse was to become amassage therapist. Massage is an alternative method of relieving discomfort and to release tension in the muscles. There is a lot of training that goes into becoming a massage therapist. The massage therapist becomes a very important health specialist to those who benefit the most. Everyone benefits from massage: Babies with colic and sleep problems, children with attention deficit disorders and epilepsy, teen age athletes, teen girls with menstrual discomforts, college students who stay up all night, pregnant women, the business executive, and the elderly. The candidate who benefits from massage therapy is the one who believes that it will work. Themind over matter concept with massage will make a difference in the success of the therapy.
MASSAGE THERAPY SCHOOL
The serious massage therapy student may get their degree from an accredited vocational program provided by community colleges and vocational training programs at allied health schools. The course of study involves anatomy and physiology courses, studying the muscular and skeletal systems of the human body. One must study all age groups because of the differences in the development of the body. A good therapist will understand the way the muscles connect to the bones, and which muscle groups control each part of the body.
Medical books, such asGray's Anatomy Book, give excellent diagrams of the human body without its skin. It is fascinating how many muscles are in each part of the body! The study of how the body functions on the inside will give the student the basis for the techniques used to massage.
Physical Fitness Of The Massage Therapist
The massage therapists I have spoken to on a professional basis appear to be healthy and strong. Some massage therapists are also physical therapists. One must be able to sustain long hours in a work day standing and be able to handle different size bodies. The tables in the most updated Massage therapy centers are mechanical, so they move up and down electronically to accommodate the height and position of each client. The therapist should also exercise their arms by lifting hand weights, weighted wrist bands. To exercise the hands, one could squeeze a tennis ball or use a devise called aharbinger grip, as recommended by Body Building.com.
Making A Decision To Receive Massage Therapy
Massage therapy may have to be recommended by a physician. There are different kinds of pain in the body that may be mistakenly identified. Abdominal painis the most mysterious kind of pain due to multiple organ systems in the abdomen such as gastrointestinal (stomach, liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, appendix, and intestinal), the reproductive organs (uterus,fallopian tubes, ovaries, cervix in the woman, and the testes and prostate in the man), and the urinary system: kidneys, ureters, and bladder). There are also endocrine glands in the lower body causing pain, such as the adrenal glands on top of the kidneys, and the pancreas. The blood supply that feeds the abdominal organs can be affected by illness, so a physician should be consulted if the potential massage client wants to pursue this type of therapy.
MASSAGE FOR HEADACHES
The head is another complicated part of the anatomy to be massaged. Headaches have all kinds of causes. Sinus, Cluster, Migraine, and head aches due to high blood pressure, and headaches that accompany symptoms of dizziness, double vision, and swelling are all medical concerns that need to be treated by a physician first. After medical treatment, then there is a benefit to having massage to the head. Massage of the neck is included with this kind of massage. It is necessary to make sure that the therapist is aware of any spinal conditions before massaging the neck.
SPINAL CORD CONDITIONS
The spine has many different curves. The trained massage therapist should know if there are any problems of the spine, such as Scoliosis (lateral curvature), Kyphosis (hunchback), or Lordosis (Lumbar hyperextension), or slipped discs,
MASSAGE CLINICS NEED TO BE DISCREET
A massage clinic that is accredited with medical personnel is the best recommended facility for that purpose. The clients of medically designated clinics will most likely sign a privacy agreement so that their care will not be discussed with other clients, and that they will be treated with dignity. I have heard of health spas that offer massage after work outs. The licencing of those providing massage should be checked out so they can guarantee a healthy, injury free experience.
BENEFITS TO MASSAGE
If a routine is established to have regular massage sessions, it is a form of relaxation. Massage on a regular basis can be incorporated with other therapies such as Tai Chi, Yoga, Aromatherapy, and Hypnosis. All these are alternatives to medical usage of sleeping pills, pain medications, tranquilizers, and psychotropics, such as antidepressants. Once the benefits take effect, then it becomes a good way of feeling at peace.