Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Deep Tissue Massage...With A Laser?
Chinese, Japanese, Roman, Greek and Indian medicine have included deep tissue massages since the beginnings of their medical practices. In the Huangdi Nei-jing (a book compiling traditional chinese medical knowledge and medicine), massage is mentioned in 30 of its chapters. In 300 B.C., the Sanscrit records in India indicate the practice of massage for medical purposes.
If you've ever had a deep tissue massage and experienced the soothing, relaxing benefits of manipulation and rubbing of sore and painful muscles then you probably don't need proof or validation that it works. Strained, sprained and inflamed muscles, tendons, ligaments or any of the connective tissue surrounding bones and joints can be helped to heal by deep tissue massage.
Deep tissue massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscle and tissue that are suffering from tension and/or injury and/or intense physical use like that of an athlete. It usually applies to one area of the body that is in pain and would actually be impossible to perform over the entire body and would likely be damaging to the body and counterproductive to healing. If you are looking for a full body massage, then that would be referred to as a deep pressure massage.
A laser deep tissue massage is one that is performed using a laser tool that floods the injured muscle tissues with photons (single quantums of light) that energize the damaged cells while increasing circulation and oxygen to the traumatized area. It is non-invasive and painless. The only sensation you feel is slight warmth to the area being treated. Sessions usually last about 10 minutes and costs about $100 per session. Most therapists (chiropractors, etc.) recommend 4-6 sessions depending upon present pain and injury status.
It was approved by the FDA in 2003 and recently endorsed by the American Physical Therapy Association, the World Health Organization and the International Association for the Study of Pain for the beneficial relief and effectiveness in decreasing muscular pain and at present, there are no known side effects. Laser therapy has also been known to reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Contraindications for deep tissue massage include deep vein thrombosis or embolism (blood clot floating or attached), lupus, kidney disorders and severe anemia, but as to whether or not this applies to a laser deep tissue massage, it appears that it does not. However, since laser massages include small amounts of radiation, anyone with a history of cancer, severe blood loss or epilepsy should not have laser therapy.
And of course, if you're looking for the entire massage experience like aromatherapy, relaxing music, etc., you are likely to be disappointed. Laser deep tissue massages do not come with any of those things. Just you, the laser and the technician.
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