Massage Therapy is Offered at University Hospitals to Help Reduce Pain, Anxiety and Tension

University Hospitals Connor Integrative Health Network offers massage therapy as a way to help patients, staff and visitors achieve mental and physical well-being. Massage has been used for thousands of years to promote relaxation and to relieve the pain, stress and tension caused by a variety of conditions and factors.

What is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy is recognized as one of the oldest methods of healing, with references in medical texts that are nearly 4,000 years old. Hippocrates, who is known as the “Father of Medicine,” was referring to massage when he wrote in the 4th century BC: “The physician must be acquainted with many things, and assuredly, with rubbing.”

Today, in addition to “rubbing,” massage therapy, also referred to as bodywork, refers to the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the body. These techniques include applying fixed or movable pressure or friction, as well as holding, vibrating, rocking, kneading and applying compression, primarily by using the hands. Massage therapists do also use other parts of the body, such as the forearms, elbows or feet.

All of the techniques are used for the benefit of the musculoskeletal, circulatory-lymphatic and nervous systems. These positively influence overall health and well-being too.

There are many types of massage therapy, and they are used to treat specific conditions or elicit particular benefits. Examples include Swedish massage, in which the therapist uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements and tapping to increase relaxation and reduce muscular tension; sports massage, which is similar to Swedish massage and increases muscle tone and range of motion; deep tissue massage, which releases chronic patterns or muscular tension; and trigger point massage, which focuses on muscle “knots” that are painful when pressed and can cause symptoms elsewhere in the body.

Benefits of Massage Therapy

Studies have shown that massage therapy reduces pain, anxiety and tension, enhances alertness and increases blood flow throughout the body.

One study suggests that a single session of massage therapy can reduce “state anxiety” (a negative reaction to a particular situation), blood pressure and heart rate, and that multiple sessions can reduce “trait anxiety” (general anxiety-proneness), depression and pain.

Massage Therapy at University Hospitals

Massage is offered by appointment at UH Connor Integrative Health Network’s office at Building 25 E, 25001 Emery Road, Suite 100, in Warrensville Heights, Ohio. Additionally, UH Connor Integrative Health Network’s massage therapists provide chair massage services at various locations throughout the UH system and for departments within the UH system, as well as for local companies, upon request. Please call us at 216-250-9520 to schedule now!

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