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Chronic Pain Relief Moncton

Soothing Hands: Chronic Pain Relief through Massage Therapy

Living with chronic pain can be a life-altering experience, transforming even the simplest tasks into daily challenges. Massage therapy is one of the many ways we help our clients find relief from chronic pain. At Naturology Centre Moncton, we understand the importance of a holistic approach to wellness. As an eco-friendly wellness centre, our commitment to the environment extends to our selection of natural products and creating a serene space our clients enjoy adorned with live plants from MacArthur’s.

Chronic Pain Moncton Clinic's Live Plants

The Science Behind Massage Therapy for Chronic Pain

Massage therapy is known for its relaxation and stress-relief benefits, but did you know it can also be an effective tool in managing chronic pain? Research has shown that massage therapy can positively impact pain levels, muscle tension, and overall quality of life.

When we experience chronic pain, our muscles become tense and tight, contributing to discomfort. Massage therapy alleviates this tension by increasing muscle blood flow, promoting relaxation, and improving flexibility. This, in turn, helps to reduce pain and improve overall well-being.

Types of Massage Therapy Offered at Naturology Centre Moncton

At Naturology Centre Moncton, we offer a variety of massage techniques to address the specific needs of our clients suffering from chronic pain.

A few tyles used commonly:

Swedish Massage: This classic massage technique uses long, gliding strokes to promote relaxation, ease muscle tension, and improve circulation. It’s an excellent choice for those new to massage therapy or anyone seeking a gentle, soothing experience.

Deep Tissue Massage: As the name suggests, this type of massage targets deeper layers of muscle tissue to release chronic muscle tension and knots. It benefits those with chronic pain related to muscle imbalances or overuse injuries.

Trigger Point Therapy: This specialized form of massage therapy focuses on releasing tight knots, or “trigger points,” in the muscles that can cause pain and discomfort. By applying targeted pressure to these points, our therapists can help to relieve pain and improve the range of motion.

Myofascial Release: This gentle, hands-on technique focuses on releasing tension in the connective tissue (fascia) surrounding the muscles. Myofascial release can be particularly effective in addressing chronic pain related to fibromyalgia or postural imbalances.

More information on our Massage Therapy Styles

Benefits of Massage Therapy for Chronic Pain

Incorporating regular massage therapy sessions into your pain management plan can provide benefits!

Pain Reduction: Massage therapy helps release tight muscles and improve circulation, reducing pain and discomfort.

Improved Mobility: By working on muscle tension and stiffness, massage therapy can help to improve flexibility and range of motion, making daily activities more manageable and less painful.

Stress Relief: Chronic pain can contribute to increased stress levels. Massage therapy promotes relaxation and a sense of well-being, helping to reduce stress and its negative impact on your health.

Better Sleep: Pain and stress can disrupt sleep patterns. Regular massage therapy can help improve sleep quality, allowing your body to rest and recover more effectively.

Enhanced Overall Well-being: By addressing chronic pain’s physical and emotional aspects, massage therapy can contribute to greater well-being and improved quality of life.

Taking the First Step Towards Relief

If you are struggling with chronic pain and want to explore the benefits of massage therapy, the first step is to schedule a Therapeutic Massage Therapy (New Clients) appointment with the therapist of your choice. During this initial appointment, we will discuss your pain concerns, medical history, and wellness goals to create an individualized treatment experience and plan for moving forward.

To further enhance your healing journey, consider incorporating other holistic treatments and services offered at Naturology Centre Moncton, such as acupuncture, naturopathic counselling/hypnotherapy, osteopathy, and personal fitness training. Our comprehensive wellness approach ensures you receive the support and care needed to improve your well-being.

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Sports Massage Therapy

What is Sports Massage Therapy?

Sports massage therapy employs specialized massage techniques to optimize an athlete's preparation for and recovery from the physical demands of training or competition. It is tailored to address the specific needs of athletes across all levels, from grassroots to Olympic and professional.

Massage for Sports Enthusiasts

Our sports massage therapy includes targeted pre-event, inter-event, post-event, and restorative/training massage techniques to ensure optimal performance and recovery.

On-site Delivery for Convenience

We offer on-site services at events, host facilities, or team healthcare locations, providing everything needed for a seamless experience.

A Valuable Resource for Local Teams, Sports Clubs, and Individual Athletes

Naturology Centre's registered massage therapists are dedicated to supporting local teams, sports clubs, and individual athletes through our specialized sports massage therapy.

Partnering with Organizations and Athletes of All Levels

Our select therapists are skilled in treating athletes across the entire spectrum of expertise, and our services are designed to cater to their unique needs.

Expertise in a Range of Techniques

We specialize in pre-event, inter-event, post-event, and therapeutic/training massage techniques, all tailored to the athlete's requirements.

When skillfully applied, sports massage therapy can lead to improved performance, reduced risk of injury, and better mental preparation for athletes, ultimately contributing to their overall success.

Enhanced Performance, Reduced Risk, and Mental Preparation

Sports Massage Phases

Each phase of sports massage plays a crucial role in an athlete's performance and has specific rules regarding timing, duration, benefits, expected outcomes, and techniques. The skillful and appropriate application of sports massage can significantly impact an athlete's competitive edge, achievements, and personal growth.

Sports Massage Moncton

Pre-Event: Optimal Preparation for Competition

Our pre-event massage services ensure you are well-prepared for the competition. Administered close to the event's start, this massage helps boost your performance and readiness.

Inter-Event: Staying Calm and Focused Between Events

Our inter-event massage is designed to help you relax and refocus between your scheduled events, promoting mental clarity and physical readiness for the next challenge.

Post-Event: Relaxation and Recovery for Peak Performance

Our post-event massage aids in your relaxation and recovery after a competition, playing a vital role in the cool-down process and helping your body transition to a more relaxed state.

Restorative/Training: Enhancing Training Intensity and Performance

Our restorative/training massage is integrated into an athlete's training regimen, assisting you in training more intensely and at a higher level. This phase of sports massage promotes faster recovery, reduced muscle soreness, and improved performance during workouts, ensuring you maintain peak conditions throughout your training journey.

Car Accidents (MVA Injury)

Rehab Following a Car Accident (MVA)

Motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) in Moncton, Riverview, Dieppe and elsewhere can lead to various physical and psychological symptoms. While whiplash is the most common injury associated with MVAs, it is crucial to understand that the range of possible injuries and symptoms is vast.

Injuries and symptoms that may develop after an MVA include:

Soft tissue injuries: These are injuries to muscles, tendons, and ligaments, which can result in pain, swelling, and bruising. Examples include sprains, strains, and contusions.

Fractures and dislocations: Depending on the severity of the impact, bones may break, or joints may be dislocated. These injuries can be excruciating and require immediate medical attention.

Head injuries: Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), concussions, and skull fractures can occur during an MVA. These injuries can lead to headaches, dizziness, memory loss, and cognitive impairment.

Spinal injuries: Damage to the spinal cord or vertebrae can result in pain, numbness, weakness, or paralysis. Injuries can range from minor to severe and may require surgery or long-term rehabilitation.

Internal injuries: Damage to internal organs, such as the lungs, heart, liver, or spleen, can be life-threatening and require immediate medical attention.

Emotional and psychological symptoms: MVAs can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. These symptoms may manifest as nightmares, flashbacks, irritability, or avoidance of situations related to the accident.

Sleep disturbances: Difficulty falling, staying, or experiencing restful sleep can develop due to the physical and emotional stress associated with an MVA.

Chronic pain: Persistent, localized or widespread pain can develop following an MVA. This may be due to nerve damage, scar tissue, or other factors.

It is essential to seek medical attention following an MVA, even if the injuries seem minor. Prompt diagnosis and treatment can help prevent complications and support a faster recovery. Naturopathic counselling can help address the emotional and mental health aspects of recovering from an MVA, while manual therapy can help with physical rehabilitation.

Holistic Approaches for Symptoms After a Car Accident

Motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) can result in a wide range of physical and emotional symptoms, and a holistic approach to recovery is often beneficial. Integrating alternative therapies with conventional medical treatment can help address various aspects of MVA recovery. Here are some ways naturopathy, hypnotherapy, massage therapy, osteopathy, acupuncture, personal fitness training, and health supplements can be employed in the treatment and recovery process:

  1. Naturopathy: Naturopaths focus on stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities by addressing the root causes of symptoms. After an MVA, naturopathy may include dietary changes, practitioner-grade supplements, and stress management techniques to support overall health and well-being.
  2. Hypnotherapy: Hypnotherapy can help individuals cope with the emotional and psychological symptoms following an MVA. Techniques such as guided relaxation and positive suggestions can help reduce anxiety, improve sleep quality, and promote healing by addressing subconscious thought patterns.
  3. Massage therapy: Massage can help alleviate pain and tension in muscles and soft tissues, improving circulation and promoting relaxation. Regular massage sessions can assist in reducing inflammation, increasing flexibility, and speeding up the healing process after an MVA.
  4. Acupuncture: Acupuncture involves inserting thin needles into specific points on the body to balance energy flow or Qi. This treatment can help manage pain, reduce inflammation, and promote relaxation, benefiting MVA recovery.
  5. Osteopathy: Osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) can help restore proper alignment and function to the musculoskeletal system after an MVA. OMT techniques relieve pain, improve mobility, and support the body’s natural healing processes.
  6. Personal fitness training: Following an MVA, a personalized fitness program designed by a certified trainer, can help individuals regain strength, flexibility, and endurance. This approach should be gradual and tailored to the individual’s needs and limitations, ensuring a safe and effective recovery process.
  7. Health supplements: Depending on the specific symptoms and needs of the individual, certain health supplements can support the healing process after an MVA. These may include anti-inflammatory supplements, such as omega-3 fatty acids, or supplements that help tissue repairs, such as collagen or vitamin C. It is essential to consult with a healthcare professional before starting any supplement regimen.

Integrating these alternative therapies into a comprehensive treatment plan can help support a holistic recovery process after an MVA. However, consulting with your family doctor to determine the most appropriate course of action based on individual needs and circumstances is crucial.


Shockwave Therapy
🌿💚 GREAT NEWS from Naturology Centre! 💚🌿
We're thrilled to announce that starting in early June, we will offer SHOCKWAVE THERAPY as part of our osteopathy services. 🎉🎉
What's Shockwave Therapy? ⚡🌊
Shockwave Therapy is a non-invasive, clinically proven treatment that uses acoustic waves to stimulate deep tissue repair and growth. It's a powerful tool that can help accelerate recovery, reduce pain, and enhance mobility.
Benefits of Shockwave Therapy:
🟢 Pain Relief: The therapy promotes immediate relief from chronic pain.
🟢 Faster Healing: It stimulates your body's natural healing processes.
🟢 Non-Invasive: No surgery or medication needed.
🟢 Improved Mobility: It can help restore movement and improve quality of life.
Shockwave Therapy is your ticket to a pain-free and more active life, from treating joint pain and muscular discomforts to tackling sports injuries. 🏃‍♀️🏃‍♂️
Mark your calendars 🗓️ and get ready to step into the future of holistic health and wellness! We can't wait to guide you on this new journey toward optimal health!
Your path to a pain-free life became brighter with Naturology Centre. 🌱✨

Dominic Thibeault, MOT, BSc Kin!


We are pleased to welcome Dominic Thibeault, a skilled manual osteopathic therapist and kinesiologist. With a holistic approach and diverse expertise, Dominic is dedicated to providing personalized care for his client's well-being. Fluent in English and French, he ensures effective communication and inclusivity in his practice.

Dominic Manual Osteopath

To learn more about Sam or to schedule, please visit: https://naturologycentre.com/dominic/

Welcome Cassandra Avery, RMT!


Introducing Cassandra Avery, a skilled massage therapist from Newfoundland, now thriving in Moncton. Dedicated to her client's well-being, she combines techniques and continuously expands her expertise for personalized massagetreatments.

Cassandra - Massage Therapy (RMT)

To learn more about Sam or to schedule, please visit: https://naturologycentre.com/cassandra/

Welcome Samuel Blanchard, RMT!


We are pleased to welcome Samuel Blanchard, RMT, to our team of Massage Therapists! Samuel graduated in 2019 and is passionate about helping clients rehabilitate, improve sports performance, or pursue preventative wellness care.
Bilingual - English & French

Samuel - Moncton Massage Therapy Team

To learn more about Sam or to schedule, please visit: https://naturologycentre.com/samuel/


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Can Acupuncture Reduce Headaches?


Summary: Researchers report acupuncture may help alleviate symptoms for sufferers of chronic tension headaches.

Source: AAN

Acupuncture may reduce headaches for people who have chronic tension-type headaches, according to a study published in the June 22, 2022, online issue of Neurology.

Tension headaches are characterized by a pressing or tightening sensation on both sides of the head that is mild to moderate in intensity. These headaches are not aggravated by physical activity and are not accompanied by nausea. Tension headaches are classified as chronic if they occur at least 15 days per month.

“Tension-type headaches are one of the most common types of headaches and people who have a lot of these headaches may be looking for alternatives to medication,” said study author Ying Li, MD, PhD, of Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Chengdu, China.

“Our study found that acupuncture reduces the average number of headache days per month for those struggling with these painful and disruptive headache attacks.”

Read the article

Welcome Terence Laverdure, D. TCM., R.Ac., Dipl.S.T. N.C., TTMP!


Dr. Terence Laverdure began his career in health care in 1996 and is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), specializing in providing affordable acupuncture treatments at our Moncton centre.
Matter and Energy are One, and that Matters. So let us put Energy into what Matters!

Dr. Terence Acupuncture

To learn more about Dr. Terence or to schedule, please visit: https://naturologycentre.com/drterence/

Welcome Jonathan Rose, RMT!


We are welcoming Jonathan Rose, RMT, to our team of practitioners this new year 2022! He specializes in Therapeutic Massage, Sports Massage, Wellness Care, General Swedish Massage, Joint Mobilizations, and Trigger Point Therapy and is looking forward to helping clients achieve the best version of themselves.

Jonathan Massage Therapist

To learn more about Jonathan or to schedule, please visit: https://naturologycentre.com/jonathan/.

Welcome Jolène Arseneault, RMT!


We are happy to welcome Jolène Arseneault, RMT, to our team of massage therapy practitioners! She specializes in therapeutic massage and wellness care and looks forward to helping clients feel their best.

Bilingual - English & French

Jolene Massage Therapy RMT

To learn more about Jolène or to schedule, please visit: https://naturologycentre.com/jolene/.

Massage Therapy Styles

Massage Therapy Styles & Health Benefits

Our Moncton massage therapy services help people relieve symptoms or heal injuries, treat certain health conditions, and promote overall health and wellness. It's a fact massage therapy services were used by 44 percent of Canadians over their lifetimes, which means approximately 66,880 people in Greater Moncton have benefited from massage therapy. That's higher than chiropractic care (42%), yoga (27%), acupuncture (22%), and relaxation techniques (25%). Also, massage's proven health benefits are recognized by all major insurance providers in New Brunswick, and we're seeing an increasing number of people, particularly baby boomers that value their health and wellness.

Our Moncton Massage Therapy Styles

Our Moncton massage therapy team employs a variety of stroke styles, ranging from long, smooth strokes to short, percussive strokes. Some therapists use oils and lotions, while others do not. A massage session can last anywhere between 30 and 90 minutes at our location. Our massage clients may remove clothes for their massages because fresh 100% cotton linens and draping are used; however, you can keep your underwear or other undergarments on if you prefer.

Consider the following questions before deciding on the best massage therapy clinic for your needs. Do you want a massage to relieve stress and relax? Or do you require pain relief, improved mobility, or assistance with a specific medical condition? Before booking a massage, be sure to review your therapists' online profiles to learn more about them and see which styles they use. Our Moncton massage therapy team usually employs more than one style during a session. They may also tailor your message to your age, medical condition, or any special needs or goals you may have. It is beneficial to complete your massage therapy intake form online before your appointment so that your therapist can prepare to provide customized massage treatment.

Swedish Massage

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage therapy is one of the most common types of massage, likely because it is therapeutic and relaxing. Soft, long kneading strokes and light, rhythmic tapping strokes on the topmost layers of muscles are used. This promotes improved blood circulation and some joint movement as well. Swedish therapy can be relaxing and energizing because it relieves muscle tensions while helping correct muscle imbalances. It may even be beneficial after an injury.

The four most common Swedish massage strokes are:

Effleurage: a French word that means "to skim" or "to touch lightly on," is a series of Swedish massage strokes used to warm up the muscle before deep tissue work with petrissage. This gentle, stroking movement is used at the start and end of a facial or body massage.

Petrissage: is a Swedish technique in which deep pressure is applied to the underlying muscles. Petrissage movements include kneading, wringing, skin rolling, and pick-up-and-squeeze. They are all carried out using the padded palmar surface of the hand, the surface of the finger, and the thumbs.

Friction: a massage technique with force applied across soft tissue structures with deep, circular movements. Frictions are an effective method for breaking up adhesions, breaking down scar tissue, and realigning tissue fibres.

Tapotement: often used in Swedish massage, involves rhythmic percussion typically performed with the edge of the hand, a cupped hand, or the tips of the fingers. Tapotement is classified into five types: Beating, Slapping, Hacking, Tapping, and Cupping.

Myofascial Release Massage


Myofascial Release Massage

Your therapist will massage the myofascial gently and feel for stiff or tight areas. (Myofascia should be pliable and elastic.) With light manual pressure, the therapist will begin massaging and stretching the areas that feel stiff. The massage therapist then works with the tissue and supportive sheath to relieve pressure and tightness. This process is repeated several times on the same trigger point and other trigger points until the therapist feels the tension or adhesions have been completely released.

Chair Massage

Chair Massage

Have you ever wanted a chair massage at a county fair, music festival, beach or conference? Or perhaps you're lucky enough to work for a company that offers its staff regular 15 to 20-minute massages as a perk. We now provide corporate massage services to help de-stress, relax, and reward your team members! Chair massages are conveniently offered at your location; participants are fully clothed and seated in a portable, specially designed, comfortable chair. Our massage therapists usually include a neck, shoulders, back, arms, and hands massage; your employees will feel rejuvenated!!

A chair massage can also be an excellent option for those clients that have trouble laying down or prefer this position. (please note this within your booking comments to ensure availability)

Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy Massage

Your body undergoes significant changes during pregnancy. Pregnancy massage can aid in these changes by reducing stress, arm and leg swelling, and relieving muscle and joint pain. If medication and other medical options are limited, massage may be beneficial. The massage therapist will assist you in becoming comfortable with this type of massage by using various massage pillows.

Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu is a Japanese word that means "finger pressure." The therapist applies varied, rhythmic pressure to specific body points for shiatsu massage. These are known as acupressure points, and they are thought to be essential for the flow of chi, the body's vital energy. Shiatsu massage, according to proponents, can help relieve blockages at these acupressure points.

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Management (IASTM) (Coming soon!)

Blade Tool (IASTM)

A Registered Massage Therapist can elect to complete additional training that enhances their practice and benefits clients. One of these programs is Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Management or IASTM; it's performed using a unique blade-like tool (M2T blade). A massage therapist can use this specialized unsharpened blade tool to apply pressure to specific points on the client's body to stimulate fibroblasts and scar adhesions, also known as "fibrous tissue." At Naturology Centre, select practitioners may use this specialized instrument during sessions. Regardless of why this instrument is used example, fascia work, muscle scraping, or trigger points it's included within a massage therapy session at no additional cost! IASTM is neither painful nor is it considered an invasive therapy.

Areas IASTM may benefit:
• Bursitis
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• DeQuervain's Syndrome
• Epicondylitis
• Muscle sprain and strain
• Myofascial Pain
• Neck, back, hip, ankle Pain
• Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy - RSD
• Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
• Surgical and Traumatic Scars
• Tendinitis (rotator cuff, patellar, tibialis, heel, achilles)

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage is ideal for addressing painful, stiff "trouble spots" in your body. The massage therapist uses slow, deliberate strokes to apply pressure to deep layers of muscles, tendons, or other tissues beneath your skin. While less rhythmic than other types of massage, deep tissue massage can be therapeutic, relieving chronic patterns of tension and assisting with muscle injuries such as a back sprain.

Sports Massage

Sports Massage Therapy

A sports massage focuses on the muscle systems used for a specific sport; sports massage employs various techniques to assist athletes in improving performance before, during, and after sporting events. Consider sports massage to increase flexibility and help prevent injuries. It may also help with muscle strains and aid in the healing process after a sports injury. Learn more

Trigger Point Massage

Trigger Point Massage

This therapy works by applying pressure to your trigger points. A skilled practitioner or massage therapist will apply pressure to the muscle knot until it softens and releases. This will help you retrain your muscles. Following a treatment session, you will be given a set of exercises to do at home. Learn more

Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Lymphatic Drainage

A lymphatic drainage massage is a gentle massage of your tissues intended to aid in the circulation of lymph fluids within your body. Lymph is a protein-rich fluid that circulates in lymph vessels throughout your body. It collects bacteria, viruses, and waste and transports them to your lymph nodes. The liquid is then filtered by your lymph nodes to remove impurities from your body. A massage is usually done with light pressure and long, gentle strokes along the skin to help the movement of lymph fluid throughout your body.

Cupping with Massage Therapy (Coming soon!)

Cupping with Massage Moncton

Cupping is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) therapy used to remove stagnation and stimulate the flow of qi (chi). Qi is the free flow of vital energy that circulates through the body and the world around us; when this flow is disrupted or disturbed, it can cause stagnation (blockages) or imbalances in the body.

Placing cups, usually made of glass or plastic, on the skin and creating a vacuum is a therapeutic cupping treatment. This vacuum helps draw tissue up into the cup, and the practitioner may do this with or without movement. Cupping may help stimulate healing by increasing blood flow loosening the fascia or various connective tissues. It works similarly to how deep tissue massage can be used to break up scar tissue and relieve pain.

• May Help Reduce Anxiety
• Increases Blood Circulation
• Encourages Tissues to Release Toxins
• Myofascial Pain Syndrome
• Good for Nervous System
• Promotes Relaxation
• Provides Pain Relief

Hot Stone Massage (Coming Soon!)

Hot Stone Massage

Hot stones, usually used in conjunction with other massage techniques, can be quite soothing and relaxing because they transmit heat deep into the body. For this type of massage, the therapist places warmed stones on specific body areas, such as your acupressure points. The stones can either be used as massage tools or left in place for a short time.

Reflexology (Currently Not Available)


Hand, thumb, and finger techniques are used in reflexology to stimulate specific foot areas. These specific areas are thought to correspond to various parts of the body. As a result, the massage is expected to promote health and overall well-being.

Thai Massage (Currently Not Available)

Thai Massage

The therapist uses their body to help guide the client into various positions during a Thai massage. This type of massage includes joint mobilization, muscle compression, and acupressure.

Health Benefits of Therapeutic Massage Therapy?

Our wellness center's Moncton massage therapy services provide health benefits beyond simple relaxation. Here are a few examples of health issues that may benefit from therapeutic massage. Please consult your doctor before using massage therapy to treat any medical condition.

Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

Repetitive Muscle Strain Injuries: It's estimated that one in every ten Canadians suffers from repetitive strain injuries, with half of these being work-related. That equates to approximately 15,000 people in the Greater Moncton area suffering from a repetitive strain injury! Massage therapy can usually help by increasing blood flow and improving mobility.

Back Pain: Numerous studies have shown that massage therapy effectively provides upper and lower back pain relief.

Headache: Another type of pain we refer to as headaches or migraines can respond to massage therapy. Some studies suggest that massage therapy can help reduce the number of migraines and improve sleep.

Depression: Massage therapy may help reduce depression, according to a review of 17 clinical trials. However, it was no more effective than providing a calming environment and deep breathing exercises for generalized anxiety disorder.

Osteoarthritis: In a clinical trial examining the efficacy of Swedish massage for knee osteoarthritis, participants who received a 60-minute massage one or two times per week improved in pain, stiffness, and function. There was no such difference observed in the control group.

Cancer: Massage can promote relaxation and reduce cancer symptoms or side effects of treatment when used in conjunction with traditional, Western medicine. It may aid in relieving pain, swelling, fatigue, nausea, or depression and improving immune system function. However, there are certain areas that a massage therapist should avoid in a cancer patient and times when massage should be avoided entirely. Please consult with your doctor, physician, or health specialist before starting massage therapy sessions if you have or suspect cancer.

25 Reasons for Massage

25 Reasons People Get Massage Therapy

Many people are getting therapeutic massage therapy to experience a variety of health and wellness benefits. (no particular order)

  1. Alleviate postoperative painReasons for Massage Therapy
  2. Stress Management
  3. Chronic neck pain
  4. Fibromyalgia pain
  5. Better sleep quality
  6. Dementia mitigation
  7. Rest and Relaxation
  8. Improve Quality of life
  9. Range of motion
  10. Improve balance
  11. Sports or exercise performance
  12. Increase your cardiovascular health
  13. Lessen anxiety
  14. Lower blood pressure
  15. Osteoarthritis pain can be reduced
  16. Nausea caused by chemotherapy
  17. Lower the frequency of migraines
  18. Rheumatoid arthritis pain
  19. Reduce the severity of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome symptoms
  20. Reduced joint replacement discomfort
  21. Reducing stress in cancer patients
  22. General relaxation of muscles
  23. Depression symptoms
  24. Headaches caused by tension
  25. Lower backaches and pains

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Trigger Point Therapy

What Relieves Painful Muscle Knots (Trigger Points)?

Muscle knots are hard, sensitive muscle areas that tighten and contract even when the muscle is relaxed. When these tense muscle fibres are touched, they can cause pain in other parts of the body. They’re also commonly referred to as trigger points.

Various factors can cause painful muscle knots (trigger points):

Trigger Points

• Sedentary Lifestyle
• Bad Posture
• Overuse or Injury to your Muscles

Muscle knots can occur anywhere in the human body, but they are most common in the back, neck and shoulders. They can frequently appear in your gluteal muscles as well. At times muscle knots can be caused by dehydration, poor eating habits, stress, and anxiety.

Aching and pain in your muscles and joints can be caused by muscle knots. A muscle knot may feel swollen, tense, or bumpy when touched. It may feel tight and contracted even when trying to relax, and they’re often sensitive to touch. The affected area may become inflamed or swollen as well.

Muscle knots can cause symptoms in areas other than the muscles, such as:
• Headaches
• Earaches
• Toothaches
You may also experience anxiety, stress, and depression, as well as sleeping difficulties.

Helpful at Home Treatments

It can take some time to treat muscle knots. You’ll need to break up the knotted tissue and relax inflamed nerves to eliminate the knots. Below are some things you can do to break up the knots and find relief.

You may be able to massage the sore muscles yourself in some cases. Locate the muscle knot and gently massage it with your fingers. Make small circles with your fingers and press firmly into the affected area. Make small circles with your fingers and press firmly into the affected area. Focus on loosening up the tight muscle fibres and relieving tension while massaging.

To apply more pressure to the knot, place a tennis ball between your back and the floor or wall and roll back & forth on the ball—experiment by moving the ball slowly and gently to apply pressure to points of tension. A soft or rigid foam roller can be used the same way but is usually on the floor.

If you have muscle knots, give your body some time to rest. Take a break from any activities causing the knots or making you feel more pain or discomfort. Allow yourself time to unwind! This could include sleeping for more extended periods than usual or lying in a comfortable position with pillows to support your body.


Gently that elongates your muscles can assist you in releasing tension in your body. While stretching, be gentle with your body. Do not force yourself into any positions or engage in activities that cause pain. It’s usually recommended to hold your stretches for at least 30 seconds and slowly release the stretch to reduce your risk of injury.

Aerobic exercise may aid in the relief of muscle knots. If you have knots in your shoulders or neck, do jumping jacks, swimming, or any other arm movements that will work your shoulders and neck muscles. This stretches the muscles and increases blood supply to them. Increased blood supply aids in the repair of damaged tissue.

Therapy with hot and cold temperatures
Using a combination of heat and cold to relieve pain and inflammation caused by muscle knots can be beneficial. Cold helps to constrict blood vessels, reducing swelling. Use a cold compress for 10 minutes, then remove it for at least 15 minutes to apply cold. You can keep doing this until you start to feel better. Heat relaxes and loosens stiff muscles, as well as alleviates pain. Heat has been shown to increase blood flow, which aids in healing. Use a heating pad or a warm bath to apply heat. Alternate between cold and heat treatments, or use the one that suits you best. Hot and cold therapy should be combined with other therapies.

Apply a muscle rub
Muscle rubs aid in the softening and relaxing of muscle knots. Massage a muscle rub into the affected area twice a day for cooling relief. You may require the assistance of another person to apply to difficult-to-reach areas. It’s usually best to perform a patch test before using a rub for the first time. Apply a little ointment to the inside of your forearm to perform a patch test. Wait about 24 hours to ensure that there is no reaction. If no response, you can safely apply it to other parts of your body.

Professional Massage Therapy for Trigger Point Pain Relief

Therapeutic Massage Therapy
It’s well known that massage can be used to treat muscle knots. Massage therapy improves blood flow and circulation. This can help improve muscle function and loosen your muscles. This aids in the relief of pain and stiffness. Once you see results, you can spread out your sessions. Remember that one session isn’t usually enough to heal you completely. You’ll most likely need several frequent sessions.

Massage can be classified into several types. The type that will benefit you the most will be determined by the severity of your muscle knots as well as your personal preferences. You may need to try several massages or manual therapy types before finding one that you enjoy and benefit from.

Muscle Knots

Pressure release at the trigger point

Pressure is applied to your trigger points for this therapy to work. A massage therapist or skilled practitioner will apply pressure to the muscle knot until it softens and releases. This will aid in the retraining of your muscles. Following a treatment session, you will be given a set of movements to perform at home.

Swedish massage therapy
If you have a lot of tension or are sensitive to touch, this gentle massage technique is for you. Long strokes, kneading, and deep, circular movements are used in Swedish massage. Vibration and tapping are also used to help people relax.

Massage of the deep tissues
This type of massage employs strong strokes to relieve chronic muscle tension. It is designed to work on the deeper muscle and connective tissue layers. It is frequently used to treat muscle damage caused by injuries.

Massage therapy for athletes
This massage technique is designed specifically for athletes and it has the potential to prevent or treat sports-related injuries.

A physical therapist can help you determine the root causes of your muscle knots. They will treat your pain with treatments that are appropriate for your situation. Physical therapy may be recommended in more severe cases. Techniques for reducing pain and preventing it from recurring will be taught.

Prevention Tips

Here are several methods for preventing muscle knots:
• Maintain good posture in your daily life. Avoid slouching while sitting relaxedly, with your shoulders back and down.
• Get plenty of rest and physical activity.
• When exercising, be sure to warm up and cool down and avoid overexertion. Remember lifting too heavy or running too fast can result in injuries and muscle knots.
• Sit for short periods. Take a break, get up, and move around every hour of prolonged sitting.
• While engaging in physical activities, be mindful of your body’s alignment. Simple stretches should be done to keep your muscles from becoming tight throughout the day. Exercises can even be done while sitting at a desk or watching television.
• Drink plenty of water and eat a healthy diet rich in calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Substitute fresh, whole foods for processed foods.
• Consider getting massages regularly to help you relax, gain flexibility, and keep your muscles in good shape.

When should you seek medical assistance?

Muscle knots that go untreated can cause chronic pain and other health problems. If you’ve tried everything to relieve your muscle pain and it’s still there, see your doctor. Call your doctor if your pain becomes severe and interferes with your daily life or well-being.

It’s possible that what appears to be a muscle knot is a swollen lymph node. A swollen lymph node is usually accompanied by other colds, coughs, or infections.

Consult your doctor if you have a worsening muscle knot, aren’t improving with treatment, or interfere with your mobility.