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Muscle Release Therapy: Massaging Pain Away
If your complaint is due to tight muscles, therapeutic massage may help—read on to learn how muscle-release therapies work.
It’s no secret that tight muscles hurt. Fortunately, certain types of soft-tissue manipulation may be able to help. As opposed to a traditional massage, designed primarily to relax, muscle-release or active-release techniques are intended to correct deep-seated pain. According to the theory behind these methods, pain is caused by muscles that are short, tight, and inflamed due to repetitive use. In a slightly misguided attempt to protect the muscles from further damage, the body in these cases can begin producing scar tissue, potentially hindering motion, trapping nerves, and forming a bump shaped like your least-favorite kind of sports car. To relieve the discomfort often associated with these conditions the therapist breaks up that scar tissue, springing the muscle from its scar-tissue jail.
During a typical session, the therapist applies pressure to the point of pain while the moving surrounding muscle tissue. A combination of extension, pressure, and motion works to release the painful knots and return the muscle to its former, elongated state. The process also increases circulation to the area, which helps to reduce inflammation and pain. Results vary, but recipients have reported relief from conditions such as tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and sciatica.
Nokomis Massage and Wellness offers monthly membership programs for clients suffering from chronic pain or high levels of muscle tension. Therapists work closely with clients to design customized programs.