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Massage therapy is one of the fastest growing areas of alternative medicine practice in the present. Many people are looking for deeper connections to this ancient practice, as they discover the healing power and healing potential of touch therapies such as massage. Massage therapy is used to treat ailments such as lower back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome. Some practitioners believe that massage therapy may improve the overall health of patients. Massage therapy is a great option to treat diseases or as an adjunct to healthy lifestyle.

One way to comprehend the role massage therapy plays in helping treat a problem is to look at how the human body is structured. There are more than twenty types of muscles that are present in the human body. Many of these muscles are connected or linked to one another. They must be repaired if any of these muscles become injured. In some instances, however, the repair is not completely completed, leading to sore muscles, less range of motion, or a lack of coordination in the muscles. Massage therapy can be used to ease pain and decrease the loss of movement.

Myofascial release is a method of massage therapy that focuses on the release of tension in the muscles. Myofascial releases are based on the concept of muscles are capable of "reflexive resistance". When tension is released and the muscle is relaxed, the tension will be released within the muscles. Myofascial release is founded on the theory that if the practitioner applies constant pressure the body will respond with a release of structural tissues, greater flexibility strength, range of motion, and motor coordination. In addition to relaxing tension, myofascial releases is focused on increasing range of motion, increasing the strength and density of muscles and improving lymphatic flow.

Trigger Point massage can be employed to treat a variety of ailments, including inflammation, stiffness, pain, hyper or hypoactivity, neuromuscular-muscular-pain syndrome, and pain. Trigger point therapy seeks to identify and treat specific areas of dysfunction and pain. It is sometimes referred to as "electromyographical diagnostic" or "massage-acupuncture" because it is difficult to pinpoint trigger points. In simple terms, the massage therapist uses the correct pressure to relieve the pain along a particular muscle or nerve path.

Trigger point therapy has its roots in traditional Chinese medicine, however there are many alternative therapists who use this technique as part of a holistic approach to treating pain, inflammation and other signs. Conventional medicine states that the main cause of an injury is a tightness or spasm within muscles. If the myofascial trigger point can be identified and recognized and then it can be treated with techniques such as massage, trigger points deep tissue massage and trigger point therapy. Massage therapy applies direct pressure on the areas in pain in the hopes of release of the negative energy that has been stored within the muscle tissue. Trigger point therapy is a method that pinpoints the exact spot where a nerve or muscle tissue has been stressed to the point of overuse. This causes an increase in tension and damages.

Trigger point therapy is particularly efficient in releasing chronic pain and weak muscles from injury, allowing the muscles to relax and repair themselves. Trigger point therapy can also be utilized to improve the range of motion of an injured area. It has been proven that the increased efficiency in range of motion aids in the speedy healing process of muscles that have been injured. Trigger point therapy can be used to strengthen weak or damaged muscles, aiding in the prevention of soreness in muscles and allowing muscles to heal at a normal pace.

Trigger point therapy is a process that requires both hands-on and constant pressure to apply to a specific area of the body or the entire body. Myofascial Release techniques work by applying continuous pressure to a certain point to stimulate myofascial membranes to break down and let the tissue release. Myofascial tissues are fibrous tissues which connect muscles and bones. They can become inflamed, which in turn causes pain and discomfort. These myofascial release areas can be identified by massage therapists using their elbows, thumbs or fingers. This is where most muscle contractions occur.

A manual therapy tool called the "fomenter" which is also known by the "rubber tablet", can be used to trigger points therapy. The tool is comprised of an extremely small, slender metal stick that can be used to apply pressure directly to the region that requires myofascial relief. Manual therapy is usually performed in a workplace setting, but it can be performed in a massage chair. Myofascial Release is a wonderful alternative to traditional massage, and are especially effective for treating sports injuries. For more information about how myofascial release can help you, make certain to consult your physical therapist, doctor, or massage therapist.

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