Why Manual Therapy?
Manual, neuromuscular, and massage therapy has been used to treat physical conditions since the beginning of time. When muscles dry out, or dehydrate, the fibers stick together and the muscle becomes stiff or ridged. As fluid is reintroduced, the muscle softens and regains its flexibility. As circulation increases between the muscle fibers, nutrients reach the cells to heal and toxins are carried off more efficiently. Most importantly, white blood cells are a part of these nutrients and when being flushed into an area, the tissue has an increased healing effect.
The less water in the body, the more quickly we age. As we dehydrate, we begin to shrink and as our muscles become smaller, our skin begins to wrinkle. Muscle dehydration is found at every area of disease. This would lead one to believe that good circulation could possibly keep one healthy. Degenerative diseases like cancer and muscular sclerosis are anaerobic and can not live in an oxygenated environment. Since blood carries oxygen to the cells and circulation is necessary for optimal health, massage will increase circulation, thus increasing oxygen to the cells.
A natural approach to medical conditions
Manual techniques like massage create a sense of being cared for, of being nurtured. Neuromuscular treatments help us become more aware of our bodies. Human touch connects one person to another and the feelings shared are healing and energizing. Any type of manual therapy by a responsible professional, is a relaxing way to enjoy safe touch. Massage gives one a feeling of comfort and relaxation, like a mini vacation from the pressures of life. A clinical study at the University of Miami, School of Medicine, shows that massage increases mental alertness and accuracy in mathematical calculations. Looking at massage from a physics point of view, we see that electromagnetic energy is transferred from the giver to the receiver and back. This energy transfer cannot be duplicated by gadgets or machines. The oriental cultures call this energy Chi or life energy. This human energy transfer is an important part of the healing process.