Massage Therapy at Chapel Hill, NC
Life is tough. You know this, I know this, we all know this. But everything boils down to what we decide to do next—about the day-to-day stresses, the undue suffering, the curveballs we never saw coming. On one end, we can accept the pain for what it is and do nothing to address it further. On the other, we can take proactive measures to ask for help, get treatment, and live a happier, healthier life.
“We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.”
Massage therapy is a viable solution to a wide range of problems from stress to injury, chronic pain, and so much more. If you are experiencing any of these issues—or you could simply use a means of relaxation—massage therapy can help. So, decide to make yourself stronger and explore all that massage therapy has to offer by giving Thriveworks Chapel Hill a call. We work with a multitude of healthcare providers, including licensed massage therapists, who truly care about helping you find healing. Not to mention they are skilled, experienced, flexible professionals, ready to help you as soon as today.
What’s Massage Therapy All About?
Simply put, massage therapy is the manipulation of soft body tissues. Different techniques are involved, where massage therapists may apply a fixed or movable pressure, utilize a method called kneading, or employ other means that cause movement and in turn provide one (or more) of the following benefits:
- Pain relief
- Injury recovery
- Improved quality of sleep
- Loosening of tight muscles
- Stress reduction
- Improved concentration
Who Receives Massage Therapy, and Why?
According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), forty-three percent of Americans who received a massage from July 2016 to July 2017 did so for health and wellness: these individuals sought treatment for pain management, soreness/stiffness, injury rehabilitation, or their overall wellbeing.
1. Pain Management: According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), pain affects more Americans than heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined. Fortunately, however, those who suffer with pain can find relief in massage therapy. Here’s how it helps the following conditions:
- Low-back pain: Lower back pain is one of the most common neurological ailments in the U.S. If you struggle with this condition, however, you’ll be glad to know that massage therapy has proven to help reduce this pain, as well as decrease the disability it creates.
- Tension headaches: This is another common condition and the most common type of headache, but research has shown that massage therapy can also effectively relieve this pain and decrease the overall intensity, as well as the duration of these headaches.
- Fibromyalgia: Many clients of massage therapy are also familiar with fibromyalgia, a chronic syndrome characterized by widespread bodily pain. Massage therapy helps by reducing this pain, in addition to decreasing the fatigue, anxiety, and stiffness that comes with it.
2. Injury Rehabilitation: As any injured person knows, recovering and rehabilitating is a stressful process—but massage therapy can play an incremental role in helping one heal. Massage therapists use different techniques to relax the muscles and encourage circulatory movement, which enables the injured area to increase in flexibility and heal quicker. So, if you’re isolated on the couch with a sprained ankle, you twisted your knee on your run, or your muscles have been spazzing at the gym, don’t worry: a licensed massage therapist can help!
3. Overall Wellbeing: If you aren’t experiencing chronic pain or in need of injury rehabilitation, massage therapy can still benefit you. Take a look at the items from the list above we haven’t yet touched on:
- Improved quality of sleep
- Stress reduction
- Heightened concentration
According to AMTA, twenty-nine percent of massage clients got a massage for stress relief and relaxation. They didn’t present lower back problems or seek relief from a challenging condition—instead, they sought out this form of treatment to calm their exhausted minds and remedy all that comes with everyday stress, such as difficulty sleeping or a lack of concentration. The good news is, massage therapy is an effective intervention that can help anyone—like you—take a step back and put life into perspective again.
Beginning Massage Therapy Treatment
As you can see, massage therapy is an incredibly beneficial tool used to help people thrive in life in many different capacities. And chances are, it can help you in some way too. But maybe you still have some reservations about the whole thing. In that case, consider this: Thriveworks Chapel Hill only works with the best of the best health care providers—meaning the most skilled and the most caring professionals out there. You can count on working with a licensed massage therapist who not only know what he/she is doing, but is invested in your health and wellbeing. Now, to ease your nerves further, here’s what you can expect out of your initial meeting with your massage therapist:
- First, the massage therapist will gather a comprehensive health history. It’s important you’re honest with them here, so they can understand how to best help you and design treatment around your specific needs.
- The massage therapist will also ask you a range of questions, such as what medications or drugs you’re taking, as well as other treatments you might be receiving, and perhaps most importantly: what you want to get out of your massage therapy experience.
- Once the provider has a complete understanding of what your needs and goals are, they will outline exactly how treatment will unfold, which may start right now or at a later date.
Setting up a Session at Thriveworks Chapel Hill
We understand the stress and the pain that can come with your day-to-day. More importantly, we understand a true remedy for daily stress and pain: massage therapy. This form of therapy has proven to provide relief to millions of people dealing with chronic pain, injury, or everyday stress and anxiety.
Are you ready to join the numbers? Seek refuge in massage therapy. To schedule your first session, give us a call at Thriveworks Chapel Hill and we will get you all set up with a licensed massage therapist—one who is prepared and excited to accompany you on this journey to a new and improved you.