Massage therapy can be a useful treatment for various conditions patients might not be aware of
Massage can serve as an alternative form of pain management for chronic pain conditions. Breast massage has been found to improve limited range of motion resulting from restrictive scar tissue after a mastectomy or biopsy procedure. Massage has been found to decrease pain with activities of daily living in seniors with limited mobility. Shortened muscles caused by postural imbalances can benefit from lengthening with muscle energy techniques using isometric contractions and stretching programs. Massage treatments for constipation can help promote peristalsis, decreases colonic transit time and increase frequency of bowel movements. Reducing muscle restrictions involved in nerve compression syndrome conditions including thoracic outlet syndrome and piriformis syndrome can help improve symptoms. Massage can be an effective tool to deal with temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) issues. Massage with multiple sclerosis patients and stroke victims can help improve circulation in atrophied muscles and address connective tissue restrictions with myofascial release. Reducing increased muscle tone associated with spasticity from a central nervous system injury such as stroke or head trauma can help maintain range of motion at a joint experiencing connective tissue restrictions and assist in preventing secondary changes such as muscle adaptions. If there is a condition you are unsure could benefit massage therapy, the best option is to ask.