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Travel Nurses Need Rubbing Too: Guide to Different Massages

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Long days and tense moments can all be part of your life as a Travel Nurse. As rewarding as the days are when you know you’ve made a difference in someone’s life, it doesn’t take away the stress, stiffness and sore muscles that can build up as a result.

Nothing can help alleviate that tension like a good massage. The question is, what kind? There are so many different kinds of massages available that choosing the right one for you can be a stress all its own.

At TravelNursingBlogs.com we want the experience you have during your travel nursing job to be enjoyable and rewarding, so here are just a few quick overviews of the over 200 types of massage options that are out there. Each one can offer different benefits, so it is really just a matter of finding the one that fits your needs.

Deep-Tissue Massage
Deep-Tissue Massage aids in relieving chronic muscular pain and can speed injury rehabilitation. It also helps patients suffering from arthritis and tendonitis by reducing inflammation. A Deep-Tissue Massage utilizes techniques that affect the sub-layer of musculature and fascia and require advanced training and comprehensive knowledge of anatomy and physiology by the practitioner.

Reflexology
Reflexology is used to encourage relaxation, improve circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids and lessen pain. Reflexology has also been promoted as having the ability to help improve concentration, confidence and motivation.

Building on an ancient Chinese therapy method, Reflexology is the manipulation of the foot, hands, and ears, which are specific reflex areas and correspond to other parts of the body. Pressure is applied to these reflex “zones” to invigorate the body’s organs and clear areas of congestion. Using principles similar to acupressure, Reflexology uses the body’s energy flow to create self-healing and promote physical balance.

Shiatsu
Shiatsu can help alleviate painful conditions like asthma, back pain, headaches and stiffness. It can also help with depression while at the same time helping to restore a natural balance to your system. For the busy worker with lots of stress this is a great massage.

Originating in Japan, Shiatsu is a technique utilizing finger-pressure and acupuncture points. It focuses on improving the flow of energy and repairing balance in the body to foster self-healing. This treatment creates a feeling of relaxation while at the same time stimulating blood and lymphatic flow through the body. Shiatsu’s benefits may include pain relief and improvement in the body’s resistance to disease and disorder.

Traveling Nurse Receiving a Massage

Nothing can help alleviate that tension like a good massage. The question is, what kind?

Sports Massage
A Sports Massage does pretty much what it sounds like. It is used to improve athletic performance and speed recovery. A Sports Massage can be helpful to an athlete during three phases of the athletic endeavor, either pre-event, post-event or for injury treatment.
A pre-event massage is given right before the event and can help to warm up muscles while the athlete visualizes the race, game or competition. A post-event massage is given shortly after the event and can help calm the athlete’s nervous system, as well as helping the body flush toxins and waste products that occur from competition. This helps shorten recovery time and allows the athlete to continue training much quicker than mere rest allows. Athletic injuries are also able to heal faster and better if a Sports Massage is utilized during the rehab process.

Swedish Massage
Swedish Massage is one of the most popular massage techniques. It offers benefits that can include better circulation, eliminating scar tissue adhesions and relaxation to allow for quicker healing and reduced swelling after an injury by keeping ligaments and tendons flexible. This is a great massage if your life or work requires a lot of physical work. It is an intense system designed to energize the body by increasing circulation.

Swedish Massage uses five basic strokes, which all flow toward your heart and manipulate the body’s soft tissues. The therapists utilize a combination of movements that include kneading, percussive, rolling, tapping and vibrational, along with applying oil in order to minimize friction on the skin.

Trigger Point
Trigger Point Massage flushes toxins out of the body and releases endorphins that promote healing. This relieves tense muscles and can help alleviate pain from injuries. Some of the areas that Trigger Point Massage can help with are back pain, bursitis, carpal tunnel, frozen shoulder, low back stiffness, neck stiffness, sciatica, shin splints or tennis elbow. The goal is recovery from or a noticeable reduction in myofascial pain. Through a systematized approach this treatment relies on trigger point compression, myomassage, passive stretching and a regime of corrective exercises.

Successful treatment using Trigger Point Massage can be measured by a reduction in pain levels and an increase in endurance, range of motion and strength. Client and therapist interaction is vital in trigger point massage, the therapist asks the client to take their improvement into their own hands by paying attention to other health factors like nutrition, stress, exercise, mechanical abnormalities and other physical areas of their lives. Paying attention to these areas of their health can protect the client from a delayed diagnosis and treatment or even a conflicting treatment.
Massage is a proven stress reliever and being less stressed will help you perform at your best so enjoy. Hear are a few resources to help you figure out what massage is right for you.

MassageTherapy.com
MassageNetwork.com
HealthWorldOnline.com
About: Spas
ShiatsuSociety.org
NaturalHealers.com
Pfrimmer Deep Muscle Therapy

All information contained in this article, on MedicalSolutions.com or in the recommended non-affiliated websites is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any health problem – nor is it intended to replace the advice of a physician. See a physician before starting any exercise program or other therapy.  Sources: MassageTherapy,com and AskMen.com

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1 Comment on "Travel Nurses Need Rubbing Too: Guide to Different Massages"

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  1. Tim Nahm says:

    I had never thought of the benefits of massage for traveling nurses. I will definitely have to consider this for myself!

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