The definition of a chronic condition is a condition or disease that is persistent or long lasting in its effects that lasts for more than 3 months. Remedial massage therapy is extremely beneficial to many chronic conditions whether used as an alone treatment or as a complimentary therapy (used with other forms of treatment).
As massage has an effect on not only soft tissue (muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia) it also has a positive effect on the nervous system, cardiovascular and circulatory systems and gastrointestinal system. Because of this, massage therapy can be used along with other treatments to assist in treatment on a wide range of conditions.
It can assist with conditions such as:
- Musculoskeletal Injuries – Including:
- scar tissue
- strains and sprains
- dislocations and fractures
- cruciate and meniscal injuries
- wounds and burns
- Overuse injuries – Including:
- plantar fasciitis
- Frozen shoulder
- Bursitis and tendonitis
- Head and Neck issues – including migraine, trigeminal neuralgia, tension headaches
- Postural Dysfunctions
- Joint Dysfunctions
- Conditions of the Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems
- Respiratory conditions
- Gastrointestinal Concerns
- Systemic Concerns
It is very important to understand that these conditions must be diagnosed by a doctor, a massage therapist cannot diagnose! If you are diagnosed with a chronic condition and choose to utilise massage therapy as a part of your treatment plan it is important to let your GP and other treating professionals know.