Massage Therapy has been practiced for thousands of years as a way to relieve pain, loosen up tight or sore muscles, treat anxiety and depression, help people to relax, relieve tension, and treat different conditions such as fibromyalgia and back pain. Done manually or with mechanical aids, massage therapy can consist or tension, motion, or vibration in a structured, unstructured, moving, or stationary fashion. Massage therapy can be used to target specific soft tissue such as muscles, ligaments, skin, tendons, joints, or other connective tissue as well as lymphatic vessels or organs of the gastrointestinal system.
In addition to helping release endorphins and serotonin, as well as preventing the formation of scar tissue, massage therapy is believed to improve sleep, which can be tied to its ability to relieve stress, anxiety, and tension. Those who suffer from back pain find relief from acupressure or pressure point massage therapy.
A professional massage therapy session can be expensive, often costing upward of $100 for a one hour session, so many have turned to home massage therapy products. In addition to foot massagers and massage chairs, massage therapy products are offered in a variety of forms to help patients get the treatment they need in the comfort of their own home. Some massage therapy products have incorporated far infrared (FIR) heat therapy into the device to help muscles relax even more and to help improve circulation.
Home massage therapy products and supplies have made the benefits of massage therapy available to virtually anyone, and have made massage treatments available any time the patient needs them.