Massage Therapy : An Alternative Medicine Practice

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Massage Therapy is an alternative medicine practice that involves the use of different types of strokes that are done with the hands, fingers, forearms, and elbows of a specially trained person. The strokes are done to manipulate the soft tissues and muscles of one’s body in an attempt to relax and relieve the person from symptoms and disorders they may be experiencing. There are many different types of massages that can be performed and some are better than others for relieving certain conditions. Some common types of massage include the Swedish massage, the pregnancy massage, the geriatric massage, sports massage, deep tissue massage, and the cranial sacral massage. There is also the Shiatsu, Thai, Reflexology, and Hot-Stone massages, as well as many more. Therefore, massage therapist can customize a patients massage to help with the patient’s certain and distinct age, condition, symptoms, and disorder. Massage therapy encompasses the use of many different types of strokes depending on what type of massage the patient is receiving. Some of these strokes are long and smooth while others are short, percussive, and drumming. Common strokes used in multiple styles of massage therapy include Effleurage, which is a smooth gliding stroke used to relax the soft tissue. Friction is a fast moving, deep, circular movement that causes the layers of the tissues to rub against each other which can increase blood flow to the area and reduce the formation of scar tissue. Another type of
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