Massage can help any pain originating from muscle tension: for example: head, back, neck, and shoulder pain can all benefit from massage. Releasing tightness and tension in muscles is the most obvious effect of a good massage. Massage also is beneficial for relieving pain associated with arthritis, injuries, or even recent surgery.
Massage and Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction
Pain and/or physiological dysfunction originates from identifiable points within muscles and their fascial tissues. These locations are known as trigger points because they often trigger distant reactions.
Scientists have developed extensive maps of such referred pain. They have also identified nearly a hundred dysfunctions that can have Myofascial trigger point origins. Some of these are: carpal tunnel syndrome, TMJ dysfunction (jaw or face pain), PMS, headache, diarrhea, dizziness, cardiac arrhythmia, indigestion, tennis elbow, urinary frequency, sinusitis, deafness, and blurred vision.
Massage and Fascial Plane Dysfunction
Fascia can be compared to the body’s own version of “Saran Wrap.” It covers most of the body in large, continuously connected sheets. Injury, postural patterns and chemical imbalances can cause these sheets to distort and bind to themselves and nearby tissues. Since all major blood vessels and nerves follow these fascial sheathes through the body, properly aligned and released fascia is vital to good health and the proper operation of the circulatory and nervous systems. Myofascial release is a specific massage technique which focuses directly on the fascia.