How does massage for pain work?
Massage is a very effective muscle relaxing technique for controlling pain. There are number of ways massage may help in controlling pain.
Massage confuses the body's pain signals.
- Muscle manipulation -- Rubbing the tissue is said to interfere with pain signals' pathways to your brain, a process called the "gate control theory," according to experts.
- Pain impulses -- like electrical signals run toward the spinal cord and then up the cord and into the brain. It's only when they reach the brain that these impulses, are perceived as pain.
When you massage the muscles and rub the tissue, it sends other impulses along the same nerves. When all these impulses try to reach the brain through nerves, the nerves get clogged like a highway during morning rush hour.
Simple result? Most of the pain signals won't reach the brain. And if the pain signals does not reach the brain, you won't feel pain. Thus massage works by 'closing the gate' that pain impulses have to pass through.
Tissue Massage also calls up the body's natural painkillers.
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