Massage is probably the oldest and most affordable method of treatment. In traditional cultures, especially in Eastern cultures, it is natural that all age groups can benefit from regular massage. But here in the West, except for the world of sports, where the value of massage has always been recognized, its use in other areas dates back quite recently.
We are very often afraid to touch one another. Yet research has increasingly shown the extraordinary power of touch – and the essence of massage is touch. The results of a recent study show that, thanks to massage, patients’ spirit is strengthened and their health is restored faster. During my clinical practice, I also became convinced that this was indeed the case.
Massage, as you will learn from practice, is not just a physical act. The psyche also plays a big role. Compassion helps us better understand the person we are touching with our hands.
Massage tones or soothes, depending on the speed and depth of the technique. Therefore, he can both encourage the man and make him able to participate in the marathon, and make him relax and fall asleep.
Massage removes tension and headache, relaxes painful muscles, and eliminates insomnia. And more importantly, it creates the conditions for speeding up the healing process, giving the patient a sense of wellness.
Massage can be defined as a systematic form of touch that brings relief and improves physical condition.
Remember, life can knock you down, but massage will get you back to it.
Back Massage And Self Massage
How to relieve back pain through massage and self-massage – exactly how to know which parts of the back to affect
The muscles in the back are flat and the massage therapist is unable to grasp them and separate them from the underlying bone. Another feature of the back is the drainage of the lymph to the lymph glands, which are located in two opposite directions. Especially suitable is a massage in two different directions, top-down and bottom-up.
Massage is applied in three places:
1. Broad back muscles
2. Long muscles of the back
3. Trapezius muscle
1. The broad back muscles start from the middle vertebral outgrowths. The direction of the muscle fibers is from the spine outwards and upwards to the shoulder bone.
The broad back muscles (SHMM) are like dissolved sails, the ends of which are turned to the spine. The posterior border of the armpit is formed by the end of these muscles. The massaging arm is placed tightly on the muscle on either side of the midgrowth of the 5th lumbar vertebra and at the end of the hipbone and is directed to the point of attachment of SHMM in the arm area. The thumb initially goes up vertically on either side of the midline of the vertebrae to the last thoracic vertebra. The other fingers move in the direction of the back of the armpit. Reaching the last thoracic vertebra, the massage therapist turns his hand along the course of the muscle fibers of the SHM and reaches the armpit.
In this direction, stroking, squeezing, squashing, tapping, tapping, cutting, and even swinging are not done in all muscles.
2. The long deep back muscles (the long back flexors) are arranged similarly to two rollers on either side of the spine below the layer of the broad back muscles. The dorsal region extends to the sacrum. All along, they attach with their tendons for the vertebrae and ribs. The deep back muscles (DGM) straighten the back, and therefore, the violation of their function leads to various distortions of the spine. The thick fascia that covers them, in addition to the layer of SHMM, prevents the direct impact of the massage techniques on them.
Massage of long muscles should be vigorous but not rough. The best ways to get the best results are considered squeezing and fine grinding – simple and burdening and rubbing with the base of the palm (spiral). All these ways alternate with stroking. They are then tapped and tapped.
3. Trapezius fibers have three directions. One part begins from the 6th to the 12th thoracic vertebra and goes slowly and upwards, radially and curving like an arch, attaches to the axis of the scapula and to its shoulder outgrowth.
The rest of the fibers start from the 6th to the 1st thoracic vertebra, gradually leveling and going outward to the shoulder outgrowth. The third part begins from the hairline of the nape to the first thoracic vertebra and has a direction to the shoulder end of the clavicle, forming a convex arch to the midline of the vertebrae, forming the dorsal shoulder line.
In massage, the arm moves in these three directions – upward, horizontal and downward.
Vibrations are used in back massage and are done on both sides
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