According to an article in Memphis.edu, the history of massage goes as far back as 2,700 BC when ancient Eastern Chinese cultures depended on this practice to heal a variety of ailments, from labor pains to paralysis. Even the iconic historical figure Julius Caesar was believed to have had daily massages to treat nerve pains. The practice has lived on, and many people to this day rely on massage for health benefits.
"To this day, massage is still used to treat various conditions such as premature birth, various types of cancer, AIDS, osteoarthritis, lumbar back pain, nerve damage, fibromyalgia, paralysis, heart attack, and stroke."
Residents of Oshawa are no exception to those who enjoy the benefits of massages today. One can choose from the many relaxing Oshawa massage styles, with each one helping to provide relief for various medical conditions. For example, techniques used in a Swedish massage, characterized by kneading movements and long gliding strokes, are especially helpful to those aiming for improved blood circulation and muscle strain relief. After a Swedish massage session, locals can easily get back to fun activities in Oshawa like ziplining through Treetop Eco-Adventure Park.
Apart from the known medical conditions that massages help treat, recent research has also revealed that massage therapy in Oshawa and elsewhere can relieve symptoms of multiple sclerosis or MS. MS is a noncontagious autoimmune disease where the body's immune system attacks its own tissues, primarily those in the central nervous system. In the United States, the number of people affected by MS is between 250,000 and 350,000.
People with MS typically experience pain when the disorder starts to affect their sensory nerves. The pain can occur in any part of a person's body, but the parts most commonly affected are the limbs. This can impair the person’s ability to perform normal activities, such as walking. Massage therapy can provide a wonderful stimulation, helping patients to relax and relieving them of anxiety.
Another symptom of MS is limited movement. MS patients are prone not only to muscle spasms, but, in some cases, also to loss of balance and coordination. Massage therapy can help relax muscles and increase flexibility and mobility.
While massages are now commonly used to relieve stress, rehabilitation centers like Chiropractic Wellness & Rehabilitation use massage in a way that remains true to its original purpose, which is to aid in the treatment of certain medical conditions. While massage therapy is already well-known for back pain relief, it also has promising effects in relieving symptoms of MS.
(Source: History of Massage, Memphis.edu)
Written By Dr. Kris Edwards and Dr. Patricia Riley