Massage Therapy (Holistic Medicine)
Body Area: Legs / Feet
Body Parts: Foot
Massage therapy is defined as the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissue of the human body to manifest health benefits. The application of a massage may include stroking, kneading, tapping, compression, vibration, rocking, friction, and pressure to the muscular structure or soft tissues of the human body. There can be a plethora of advantages to using massage therapy such as decreased anxiety, enhanced sleep quality, greater energy, improved concentration, increased circulation and reduced fatigue. In response to massage, specific physiological and chemical changes manifest throughout the body, with profound effects such as reduced stiffness and pain, increased pulmonary function and lower diastolic blood pressure. Additionally, Massage therapy is becoming more prominent in neonatal ICUs.