Alternative Medicine Myths: is Massage Really Worth It?
Jan 24, 2017
Throughout the years, plenty of customers have entered Elements of Rockville Centre with all sorts of misconceptions about massage. To help clear up some confusion, we’re going to bust a few common myths about massage as an alternative medicine technique.
Alternative Medicine Falsehoods
1. All types of massage are the same.
Some people wrongly believe that every type of massage is basically the same.
There are tons of different massage techniques to choose from, each with their own unique benefits. For example, sports massage helps to repair the recovering muscles from, while deep tissue massage focuses on relieving chronic pain.
Also, massages performed by unlicensed therapists leave you more susceptible to bodily injury. For your own protection, always choose licensed massage therapists, like the ones at Elements of Rockville Centre.
2. Your massage therapist will get annoyed if you ask them to change something.
No properly trained massage therapist will be upset with you for asking them to make an adjustment. In fact, they’ll appreciate when you let them know how you can make your experience better, because it makes their job easier.
For example, if your massage is causing you strong physical discomfort (more than the “good” type of pain that you feel when stretching), let your massage therapist know. They’ll be sure to adjust the pressure level accordingly in order to make you more comfortable.
3. Massage therapy only treats sore muscles.
While massage is wonderful for treating aches and pains, it goes way beyond.
Massage sessions can help reduce stress levels, promote relaxation, aid in digestive health, combat insomnia and much more.
4. The benefits of massage aren’t backed by scientific evidence.
Some people dismiss alternative medicine methods like massage on the basis that there’s not enough scientific research on them.
This is simply untrue. There are plenty of extensive studies that have been conducted on the healing powers of massage. You can find some from the University of Minnesota here, and some from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health here.
5. Pregnant women can’t receive massages.
As long as a mother-to-be receives clearance from her primary care physician prior to receiving a massage, she’s good to go. In fact, prenatal massage is great for both the mother and the expected child, with benefits ranging from hormone stabilization to labor preparation.
6. You need to drink a ton of water after a massage.
There have been claims that massage releases toxins within the body that must then be flushed away through the ingestion of water.
Experts say there is no real evidence that suggests it’s true, and no real evidence that suggests it’s false. One thing is for certain, though: it doesn’t hurt to drink some water after a massage (or any time throughout the day) to stay hydrated.
7. The effects of massage are only temporary.
When you receive massage regularly, your joints and muscles can be retrained to counteract the wear and tear they’ve faced throughout the years.
For example, if you spend all day sitting in a desk chair, your back, neck and shoulder muscles may eventually begin to slouch. By undergoing regular massage therapy, your body’s natural, straight posture can be regained.
So with these myths debunked, you can see that massage is certainly a viable form of alternative medicine for both the mind and the body. If you have any further questions about massage, don’t hesitate to ask your licensed massage therapist! They’d be glad to answer!
Disclaimer: Elements of Rockville Centre is not an organization of healthcare professionals. All authoritative claims in this blog have been linked to their sources.