Massage therapy is the manipulation of muscle and connective tissue for the purpose of normalizing the tissue. Massage involves working and acting on the body with pressure – structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving – tension, motion, or vibration, done manually or with mechanical aids.
Generally, massage is known to affect circulation of the blood and flow of blood and reduce muscular tension, affect nervous system through stimulation or sedation, and enhance tissue healing.
Despite its benefits, massage isn’t meant as a replacement for regular medical care. Let your doctor know you’re trying massage and be sure to follow any standard treatment plans you have.