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Deep Tissue Massage & Sports Massage
Massage therapy is often seen as a "treat". However the vast benefits it provides on the body mean it should in fact be seen as a necessity and a routine we include in our lives to maintain health. Some of the major, yet overlooked effects of massage include improvement to our digestive, lymphatic, nervous and cardiovascular systems, overall providing us with better quality of sleep, reduced pain, reduced anxiety and overall improved health and wellbeing.
What are the benefits of deep tissue massage & sports massage?
Joint mobility may be restricted by inflammation, scar tissue, and tight muscles. Deep tissue massage helps break down adhesions and scar tissue, draws away inflammation and can relieve muscle tightness and spasms to restore good joint mobility. Techniques can also encourage blood and nutrients into the muscles, while drawing toxins away, therefore allowing the muscles to repair more efficiently, preventing muscle soreness and fatigue in the future.
As well as aiding blood flow into the tissues, massage assists venous flow back to the heart to improve circulation. As the lymphatic and venous systems work together, massage also indirectly assists lymphatic drainage; the removal of waste and oedema from the tissues, which may potentially support the health of the body's immune system. Heart rate and blood pressure can also be temporarily reduced due to massage causing blood vessel dilation. This is great for relaxation and stress relief.
Many individuals with constipation or bloating find relief with abdominal massage. Massage directly onto the abdomen stimulates peristalsis which is necessary for digestion. Tight abdominal and hip flexor muscles can also slow down digestion, therefore it is important that they are addressed and relaxed by the use of massage.
Sometimes chronic muscle pain or weakness may be due to dysfunctional nerves in the spine. Nerves can be stimulated to either reduce pain in the area that they supply, or to activate muscles that they supply, to improve muscle health and function. This also helps with skin quality and hydration. Massage also helps with the release of endorphins which reduce pain and improve general mood.
Why is massage recommended at Core Wellness Centres?
Massage is extremely important when having chiropractic treatment. Having massage prior to chiropractic allows the muscles around the spine to be relaxed and prepped for your adjustment. This allows the chiropractic treatment to be more efficient and have a greater effect on the body, as relaxed muscles will allow the spine to realign more easily.
Massage after an intense workout has been seen to improve muscle recovery. Toxin and inflammation build up from exercise can be drained, while fresh blood full of oxygen essential for repair can be encouraged into the muscles. Post-exercise massage can potentially improve muscle quality and strength in the long run!
At Core Wellness Centres our team of Chiropractors, Massage Therapists and Personal Trainers work as a team to help you achieve optimal health. Having all three professionals on site allows our clients to make the most of their sessions here by having chiropractic, gym, and massage sessions all in one visit!