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Tight muscles may cause pain because there is a lack of blood flowing to that area. That lack of blood (known as ischemia) prevents the absorption of oxygen and nutrients and causes a buildup of waste products (metabolites and lactic acid), which can make the area hurt. The condition can cause the muscle to tighten further or spasm. Massage can help bring blood back into ischemic tissue, nourish it, remove toxins, and relax the muscle allowing it to function properly. 

Massage also increases lymphatic system circulation, enhancing the immune system.

The nervous system is relieved and nurtured through massage. It can reduce sympathetic (fight or flight) stimulation and help to balance the autonomic nervous system. Massage can also release endorphins, the body’s natural pain killer, which can produce a tranquilizing effect. Another reason for pain may be the impingement of a nerve by a tight muscle.

Massage therapy acts as an adjunct to medical treatment to assist in recovery from tendinitis, muscle strain, sprains, overuse injuries. A muscle asked to perform an excessive repetitive action may develop an overuse injury. This applies whether you are an athlete in training or an office worker simply putting in a “normal” day.

Stress, tight muscles, chronic pain, restriction of joint range of motion, overuse injuries, poor posture, athletic performance, cramping, spasms, circulation, digestion, metabolism, TMJ, myofascial restrictions, poor muscles tonus, edema, elimination, recovery from injury, adhesions and anxiety may all be addressed with massage therapy.

Massage therapy promotes wellness. It feels good, is relaxing, may clear the mind, reduce anxiety levels, and increase awareness of the body-emotion-mind-spirit connection.

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