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Massage Therapy: Why Massage is a Necessity, Not a Luxury.

May 16, 2017 in TENS Therapy


Massage Therapy is a Necessity, Not a Luxury.

For many years the idea of a massage was associated with a relaxing treat or a spa getaway. Massage has been framed as a luxurious extra instead of a necessary part of the healthcare system. We are putting an end to this by letting people know how great and valuable massage really is for your mind and body. Learn more about why pain sufferers should make massage therapy part of their treatment plan.

Massage Therapy Definition

Massage therapy is a therapeutic practice used to improve an individual's mental and physical health by manipulating body tissues. More specifically, massage therapy involves the manipulations of tissues such as the:

  • Muscles
  • Connective tissues
  • Tendons
  • Ligaments

Manually manipulating these soft tissues enhance a person's health by relieving tension, promoting relaxation, and providing pain relief. Massage therapy has been shown to significantly enhance an individual's emotional and physical well-being long-term.

What Conditions Can Massage Therapy Help With?

There are a variety of physical and mental health benefits provided by massage therapy. Having a massage therapist, mechanical massage, or TENS massage can help with the following symptoms and conditions:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Carpel tunnel syndrome (Repetitive strain injuries)
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Sports injuries
  • Tendinitis and bursitis
  • Cancer pain
  • Arthritis
  • Sciatic nerve pain
  • Muscle tension and spasms
  • Insomnia or chronic fatigue
  • Stress related conditions
  • Strains and sprains

The Most Popular Types of Massage Therapy.

There are a variety of massages that can be performed by professionals, machines, or electric impulses. Each massage can help with a specific kind of pain or condition. Some individuals prefer a deeper tissue massage, whereas others gravitate towards passive pressing. Which massage would you prefer?

Swedish Massage

This is a commonly used massage that targets the full body for alleviating muscle tension and promoting relaxation. The technique uses lotion or oil and involves five basic strokes: (1) long, smooth strokes, (2) kneading, rolling, and lifting, (3) wringing and small strokes, (4) percussion, and (5) rocking and shaking vibration. Swedish massages help with:

  • Full-body relaxation
  • Injury-recovery
  • Flexibility
  • Stress levels
  • Circulation problems
  • Muscle tension


This type of massage involves the basic Swedish massage combined with a variety of essential oils and health-promoting scents. Essential oils are often extracted from plants and flowers and can be used to help a variety of conditions including:

  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Digestive disorders
  • Premenstrual symptoms

Hot Stone Massage

This massage uses smooth heated stones and places them at various points of the body to loosen tight muscles. This massage is beneficial for individuals who have symptoms or conditions such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Varicose veins
  • Muscle tension or spasms

Deep Tissue Massage

The deep tissue massage is excellent for ridding the muscles of 'knots', which are problem areas in the deeper layers of the muscle. The deep tissue massage can be painful following the appointment. Deep massages are more intense than a Swedish style but should not be overly painful. It can help with:

  • Chronic pain
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Carpel tunnel syndrome
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Limited mobility
  • Lingering injuries

Shiatsu Massage

The shiatsu massage is a traditional Chinese practice that zeros in on localized pain. Shiatsu is also available as a Neck & Shoulder Shiatsu Massager, a mechanical massage device that alleviates upper body tension. This massage targets acupressure points to encourage the flow of energy and help with balance. this kind of massage is good for:

  • Stress-related conditions
  • Back and neck pain
  • Sciatic nerve pain
  • Arthritis
  • Insomnia
  • Sinus problems

TENS Massage

TENS therapy uses electric impulses to block pain signals from reaching the brain. The unit plugs into gel pads which adhere to the skin on painful areas of the body. The intensities and modes can be adjusted to apply different kinds of massage. This massage therapy can be used at home and is beneficial for:

  • Muscle tension & spasms
  • Circulation problems
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis, bursitis, tendinitis
  • Sciatic nerve pain
  • Tension headaches & migraines
  • Back pain, neck pain, & shoulder pain

Which Massage is Best For You?

You should choose a massage based on several factors. A few of these include:

  • Type of pain
  • Health history & injuries
  • Price range

Type of Pain

As mentioned above, each massage specializes in a unique type of pain. There is some overlap in terms of painful symptoms but generally each massage targets a specific type of pain or tension. If your pain is localized tension in the muscles try hot stone, if your pain is deep in the muscles and knots, try deep tissue.

Health History and Injuries

It's important to ease symptoms instead of aggravate them. If you're receiving a massage post-surgery or in the recovery of a significant injury, make sure to let the massage therapist know. Choose a more gentle or passive massage on recently strained or injured tissues.


Many individuals have massage therapy covered in their benefits plan which is excellent! Massage therapy is an important factor in promoting mental and physical well-being and should be considered valued as such. If your budget can not allow for a weekly massage, you can invest in an at-home massager or TENS machine that will provide relief long-term.

Get More Information

For more information about massage therapy visit Massage Therapy Canada or the Registered Massage Therapists' Association of Ontario. For more information on TENS therapy visit the page TENS Machine: This is Everything you Need to KnowIf you purchased a TENS Unit find out how to use it in the article How to Use a TENS Machine - And How to Know You're Using it Properly.

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