Muscle Spasm Massage: Why You Should Get One
by NuView Health Medical
A muscle spasm occurs when your muscle can no longer relax. In short, it is fatigued and needs to heal. Muscle spasm massage is manual manipulation of the body’s soft tissues and has been proven to help relax muscles and give them the nutrients in order to heal. Thus, we provide muscle spasm massages at NuView Health Medical. Moreover, we use another technique to treat muscle spasms: chiropractic. It is more effective to treat both muscles and the spine together.
A Muscle Spasm Massage Can Reduce Frequency of Cramps
All your soft tissues depend on good circulation to maintain optimal function. Massage increases this circulation; in turn releasing serotonin, preventing fibrosis, and increasing the flow of lymph. When your muscles get this they are more capable of relaxing. Thus, involuntary tensing (cramps) is reduced.
Combine Muscle Spasm Massage with Chiropractic for Better Healing
Many of our patients like to start with a massage to enhance the effect of the chiropractic adjustment that comes later. Massage will relieve muscle tension and make it easier to facilitate an effective spinal adjustment. Sometimes we encourage several massage therapy treatments before we start chiropractic work. Is there anything different about massage at the chiropractor’s office? You may notice that we have an adjustable table. This enables us to be precise about your massage therapy so that the chiropractic adjustment is most effective.
More on Muscle Spasms
A muscle spasm feels like a painful cramp that lasts a few seconds up to several minutes. If this happens frequently in your back, it is not normal. Persistent back muscle spasms more than twice a week left untreated can lead to more serious conditions like sciatica, pinched nerve, or bulging disc. Contact NuView Health Medical to learn about drug-free treatments.
You can end up needing a muscle spasm massage after working, playing a sport or doing another activity that causes you to strain your muscles. Overusing your back muscles or putting too much pressure on them can result in strains or sprains that lead to spasms. You can also have spasms from arthritis or disc problems that affect the nerves. When you have these spasms, it means that your affected back muscles are tensing in an involuntary manner.
Chiropractic adjustments to your spine can help reduce recurring back muscle spasms. Our chiropractic doctor manipulates your entire spine, which reduces the frequency of spasms by improving central nervous system functioning. These adjustments alleviate involuntary muscle tensing. At NuView Health Medical we highly recommend adding a massage beforehand so that the adjustment is more effective.
Of course, there’s not just one, straightforward form of massage out there. Instead, there are a significant number of different types of massage that you can look into. Each type will also have its own variations in techniques, strokes and the amount of pressure applied by your therapist. When it comes to muscle spasm massage, the majority of people tend to favor one of two styles. These are Swedish massage and deep tissue massage.
Chances are you’ve heard of Swedish massage before. This is because Swedish massage is the most commonly carried out form of massage in Western countries. This is probably the type of massage that first springs to your mind when first considering massage. Put simply, when you get a Swedish massage, a therapist will use long, steady strokes around your neck, back and shoulders. Generally speaking, these strokes will typically be directed in the same direction as your blood flows to your heart. You may also find that your massage therapist incorporates some kneading and friction motions into the massage. This is a deeply relaxing process and you may even find yourself nodding off during it!
Deep Tissue Massage
Another extremely common and popular form of massage – especially for chronic neck pain – is deep tissue massage. You may also hear deep tissue massage being referred to as “connective tissue massage”. This form of massage tends to be a little more intense than a standard Swedish massage. Your massage therapist is likely to use deeper strokes and friction. This is with the aim of reaching deeper layers of the muscles and connective tissues in your body. While Swedish massage tends to be more generalised and relaxing, deep tissue massage tends to focus more on one area of chronic pain. It tends to be more intense.
Of course, there are a number of other forms of massage out there and the best for you will depend largely on your individual needs and preferences. Some people like hot stones incorporated into their massage, others like aromatherapy to be carried out at the same time. Regardless of what type of massage you end up enjoying the most, what’s most important here is that you are aware that deep tissue massage could prove particularly beneficial to you if you’re experiencing chronic neck pain and are seeking relief. Hopefully, some of the above information will help you along the way to achieving this!