Massage therapy has managed to transcend the stigma of being a solely alternative medicine tool to now being a bona fide treatment modality in the case of pain, injuries, and overall wellbeing. Body massage therapists have long documented that a skillfully applied massage helps people to relax better than simple muscle relaxants or hot and cold treatments alone. Clearly, if you decide to utilize the skills of a massage therapist, you want to look for a certified individual to ensure that the massage program that is being used does well for the hurting muscles and the body as a unit instead of being little more than some expert kneading of an already aggravated group of muscles.
On a side note, in alternative health circles the use of body massage against the backdrop of overall massage therapy is sometimes seen as only one form of a holistic approach, with others also emphasizing the use of herbal rubs, lotions, and also aromatherapy. Moreover, due to the fact that a body massage fails to only focus on one isolated area of the body but instead deals with the whole human body, it may relieve more than simple muscle pains and discomfort.
Muscles and the nerves that surround them actually create an intricate network that provides pressure points which are waiting for the healing touch of a skilled massage therapist. This makes it possible for the manipulation of a muscle toward the left side of the body to have an intrinsic bodily response to the right side. At times these externally applied pressures can make symptoms of soreness go away. In other cases the pressures applied help to increase the circulation within the body and thus allows for the movement to improve as well. As the pain decreases and the blood flows normally through the musculature again, the overall wellbeing of the body is restored and some of the secondarily starved for oxygen muscle groups are once again functioning at peak levels.
Alternative healers and massage therapists are quite vociferous in their belief that in addition to the corporal benefits a whole body massage offers to the patient, there is also a wealth of psychological benefits associated with the practice. An investment in this kind of alternative treatment may not be cheap – unless you have an insurance policy that covers massages – but with respect to the results, it is virtually impossible to apply a price tag to it. A sore neck, a hurting back or a chronically weak shoulder may be treated successfully with some simple muscular manipulation and a whole body approach that provides for a stimulation of the overall blood flow.
The foregoing notwithstanding, professional alternative therapists still have to deal with the allegations that suggest that there is no real proof that would suggest that a whole body massage does anything for the person. Even so, an only cursory perusal of the medical literature shows these detractors to be sadly mistaken and instead there is plenty of readily available proofs that whole body massages improve bodily circulation, aid the therapeutic measures taken when dealing with affected tissues, and could even prevent muscle soreness.