Our licensed muscular therapist Kevin, specializes in clinical and orthopedic muscular therapy. He has been in practice for two years, working with patients and clients ranging from the weekend warrior to the iron man athlete. With a strong focus on musculoskeletal anatomy, his focus is to help treat musculature and fascia that has become tense, adhered, “knotted up” and tight to help increase mobility, decrease pain and reduce the chance of injury.
What Are the Health Benefits of Muscular Therapy?
Many types of muscular therapy offer benefits beyond simple relaxation. Here are just a few of the health problems that may benefit from muscular therapy. Ask your doctor before using muscular therapy for any health condition, though.
- Back pain. More than one study has shown the effectiveness of muscular therapy for back pain. In fact, one 2003 study showed it worked better than acupuncture or spinal modification for persistent low back pain — reducing the need for painkillers by 36%.
- Headache. Another type of pain — headache — also responds to muscular therapy, as shown by more than one study. Muscular therapy can reduce the number of migraines a person has and also improve sleep.
- Osteoarthritis. In the first clinical trial looking at the effectiveness of Swedish massage for knee osteoarthritis, participants who received a one-hour muscular therapy session either one or two times a week had improvements in pain, stiffness, and function. The control group had no such change.
- Cancer. Used as a complement to traditional, Western medicine, muscular therapy can promote relaxation and reduce cancer symptoms or side effects of treatment. It may help reduce pain, swelling, fatigue, nausea, or depression, for example, or improve the function of your immune system.
- Anxiety. A review of more than 12 studies shows that muscular therapy helps relieve depression and anxiety. It lowered levels of cortisol by up to 50%. And muscular therapy increased levels of neurotransmitters that help reduce depression.