What really makes you feel so good during a massage? There are specific neurohormones, hormones produced by the nervous system, and neurotransmitters released during massage that that benefit your overall state of mind and well-being. Massage has been proven over the years to reduce stress, anxiety, tension, and pain in the body, but why? Massage therapy elevates levels of dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin in the body while reducing levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body. Massage regulates our body's neurohormones by either stimulating or inhibiting the systems to get the body back to a proper balance, or homeostasis, and "massage increases the availability of all neurohormones affecting brain chemistry."
How do you take care of yourself in between sessions? Of course, we all have probably used tennis balls, foam rollers, and exercise balls to alleviate a tight spot in a pinch. Now there is a complete system that is designed to address your acute and long-term needs and injuries at home right away when you need it most.
Deep Recovery™ is a whole body approach with whole body deep tissue massage tools designed to be used methodically and specifically with sustained pressure to release myofascial trigger points, muscle tension, headaches, jaw pain, and more.
While we all should know that massage should be avoided during an acute injury stage of 48-72 hours, there are many reasons that you may want to seek an alternative type of therapy or see a specialist for other conditions following that time period. Contraindication, as defined by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, is something (such as a symptom or condition) that makes a particular treatment or procedure inadvisable, such as massage therapy in this case. Contraindications for massage could be categorized into General, Local, or Medical types.
Acute injury is a sudden, sharp, traumatic injury that causes pain, such as a fall, strain, sprain or collision. When the body experiences an acute injury, there is an acute period of healing, generally lasting 24-72 hours, which typically involves pain and inflammation.