The Maryland Spine Institute offers Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, sports massage, prenatal massage, and trigger point massage. Swedish is a gentler form of massage, and deep tissue targets connective tissue to help heal muscle injuries. A sports massage is similar to a Swedish massage, but can help to prevent or treat sports injuries. A prenatal massage can help relieve pressure from pregnancy in a safe manner. A trigger point massage focuses on tight muscle fibers that can form after overuse or injuries to muscles.
Massage is generally considered part of complementary and alternative medicine. Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.
Some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia related to stress
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Nerve pain
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
- Temporomandibular joint pain