Massage for Pain Control
Massage is a very effective technique for controlling pain.
How does it work? There are number of ways massage may help in controlling pain.
Massage confuses the body's pain
Rubbing may interfere with pain signals' pathways to your brain, a
process called the "gate control theory," according to experts. Pain impulses
run toward the spinal cord and then up the cord and into the brain. It's only when they
reach the brain that these impulses, are perceived as pain. When you rub, it sends other
impulses along the same nerves. When all these impulses try to reach the brain through
nerves, the nerves get clogged like a highway during morning rush hour. The result? Most
of them won't reach the brain. And if the pain signals does not reach the brain, you won't
feel pain. Thus massage works by 'closing the gate' that pain impulses have to pass
Massage also calls up the body's
It stimulates the release of endorphins, the
morphine-like substances that the body manufactures, into the brain and nervous system.
Massage provides deep relaxation
It relieves muscle tension, spasm, and stiffness. All of these contribute to pain. Experts
suggest that tense muscles are usually deprived of oxygen, because the tightness reduces
blood circulation to the area. Massage improves blood circulation, bringing with it what
the muscle needs-oxygen and other forms of nourishment. The muscle then relaxes, and pain
Massage relieves mental stress and
Massage is providing the benefit by the therapeutic value of
touching that helps a person in pain. Research shows that even touch lasting for less than
1 second has the ability to make people feel better. Obviously, an hour-long touch
provided by massage has to make you feel good!
What Types of Pain Can Massage Help?
Massage can help any pain originating from muscle tension:
example - head, back, neck, and shoulder pain are all can 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.
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