Manual therapy is when a trained health care professional, that works with neuro-muscular and skeletal systems, uses their hands to effect a change of the physiology (make up of the muscle). The emotional balance bodywork provides can often be just as vital as the more tangible physical benefits.

The healthy human body is designed to efficiently and effectively adapt to a certain range of stimulation. When stimulation in the external and internal environments of the body exceed the central nervous systems limits, changes begin to occur in the nervous system as well as the peripheral tissues (such as the muscles), including the registration of pain and the occurrence of dysfunction. The dysfunctions and pain in the muscle are muscular hypertonicity, trigger points, and ischemia.

To ensure increased muscle health you should receive a regular massage of once a week to alleviate the issues in your muscles and then gradually monthly to maintain the health of your tissues. The reason for the importance of monthly massages is the body always remembers where you had previous issues.

Getting a massage can do you a world of good and getting massage frequently can do even more. This is the beauty of bodywork. Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you’ll be and how youthful you’ll feel. Budgeting time and money for bodywork at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health.

Remember: massage isn’t a luxury it’s a lifestyle. Consider massage therapy a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan.

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