Manual Therapy & Pain Control

Massage affects pain in several different ways:

  • By addressing the source of the pain and stoping the nociceptive (painful) nerve firing
  • By breaking the pain cycle and eliminating the original source of the pain by increasing blood flow to the ischemic (decrease in oxygen supply) tissue
  • Altering the processing of pain stimuli in the central nervous system, by producing neurochemicals (endorphins and enkephalins) in the brain
  • By affecting the processing of nociceptive firing by the peripheral nervous system. Therefore, pain intensity can temporarily be reduced for a period of minutes or hours through additional sensory input

In summary

Massage reduces and manages pain that arises from a variety of sources, such as trauma, post-surgery, headache, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and terminal illness.

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