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Massage Therapy Helps to Reduce Spasms and Cramping

April 19th, 2017 • Posted by Mary Nix • Permalink

Muscle spasms and cramps are normal, especially if you exercise hard and long. The muscles or group of muscles contract due to strain and stress. Some spasms and cramps are mild and fleeting while others can be intense and painful. In some cases, it may be debilitating. Over exertion of muscles is not the only cause of spasms and cramping. Other causes include nerve damage from stroke, trauma or nervous system poisoning, dehydration, metabolic disorders and failure to warm up before strenuous exercises. In most cases, spasms and cramping will go away with a little tender-loving care but sometimes, they can become uncomfortable and interfere with your quality of life. When that happens, it may be time for some restorative massage therapy as studies reveal that massage therapy helps to reduce spasms and cramping and other pains and aches.

Massage therapy does a number of things to eliminate the aggravations of spasms and cramps. Depending on the severity of your spasms and cramps, the massage therapist will use various strokes and modalities to address the problem at hand. Gentle strokes with circular motions help to relax strained muscle and restore normal contractility and muscle function. You will feel relaxed and rested. The kneading, massage strokes and pressure applied to sore muscles will also improve blood circulation. That in turn will flood the muscles with oxygen and help the healing process.

In cases where you've chronic spasms and cramps causing the muscles to become tense with painful contractions such as stiff neck, sore shoulders and lower back pain, a deep tissue massage may be in order. Deep tissue massage uses deliberate strokes, applied with deep pressure on the affected areas. This will help to realign the deeper muscle layers and connective tissue and ease the strain.

In other cases such as muscle injury or chronic tension, rigid bands of tissue (otherwise known as adhesions) may form around tendons, muscles and ligaments. Adhesions block blood circulation and cause a bunch of symptoms such as intense pain, inflammation and restricted mobility of affected muscles. The massage therapist uses direct and deep pressure, applying friction to the grain of the muscles to break up the adhesions. The result is less pain as blood circulation is restored.

Don't let spasms and crampings lower your quality of life. Seek out an experienced and skilled massage therapist to help you. Contact us today for a healing massage.

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