Massage Treats Organ Function
Based on osteopathic principles, virtually any ailment of the human body can be traced to dense areas or lesions somewhere in the body. Just about any chiropractor has a chart showing spinal nerves and their connection to numerous body functions, both voluntary and autonomic. Many times, therefore, treatment targets massage of the spinal muscles and fascia. Thyroid, heart conditions, digestive and respiratory problems can be treated manually without drugs or surgery. The therapist simply manipulates the related spinal segments, and thereby treats related organ dysfunction.
Spinal Massage for Heart and Digestion
The neck can be worked in different ways to relieve problems with digestion, breathing and heart palpitations, by targeting the pneumo-gastric, phrenic and vaso-motor nerves respectively. Often, other segments of the thoracic spine, ribs and connecting muscles also require work in order to complete the treatment. The therapist feels for restrictions in the body to guide the course of treatment.
Medical Massage Technique
In addition to lying down, this special medical massage will have a client sitting , turn from side to side, lifting arms or legs and flexing muscles in the course of treatment. All the while the therapist exerts pressure and a variety of manipulations to disolve lesions. Some techniques will either sedate or stimulate the nerves, while others target soft tissue. This therapy actually relies on all common massage techniques such as rolling, kneading, percussion, vibration, and stroking, but requires lots of practice to achieve desired results above. Other fun, sometimes misconstrued as kinky techniques include tapping, slapping, beating. These techniques have to be applied with correct pressure and angle, so the client will usually move or be moved accordingly.