Maintaining your flexibility is a critical part of your overall health. You know how important stretching is, but sometimes you don’t take the time to stretch daily or include it in your exercise program. In addition to regular stretching, Massage Therapy is extremely beneficial to maintain and increase your flexibility.
Flexibility can become reduced when your muscles are too sedentary or when muscles are over-used, tight or inflamed. After exercise, lactic acid can build up and decrease your range of motion. When flexibility is reduced, you will feel a restriction of movement and an increase in pain.
Massage Therapy will help loosen both your muscles as well as your joints and keep your joints more fluid and less injury prone. There is also an extra benefit of helping to break up the tension in muscles and tissues that restrict your range of motion.
Some of the most common types of Massage Therapy to help increase flexibility include:
While there are many similarities, each type of technique brings on a slightly different result. Deep tissue massage varies in pressure depending on your personal preference. It focuses on the soft tissues around your body and is great for relieving muscle tightness and inflammation.
Reducing restriction and increasing elasticity are some of the main benefits and focus of sports massage. Your Massage Therapist will typically focus more effort on the muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments and joints associated with the particular sport you are involved in. It can be more vigorous or intense than a deep tissue massage and it increases the muscle’s temperature. Cupping draws the skin up and separates the layers of superficial fascia relieving adhesions and increasing range of motion. Ultimately, you will feel less stiffness and pain in your muscles and your overall flexibility will increase.
Working regularly with your Massage Therapist, with the goal of increasing your flexibility, is a great way to avoid pain and injury and maintain optimal health and wellness.
Your Therapist can customize your treatment and focus on the areas that are causing you pain and/or restricted movement.