Orthopedic Massage Therapy is a pain-free approach to rebalancing muscles. When we sit, stand or lie for a long period of time in a position that unbalances muscles in our bodies, it can have detrimental effects on the rest of our body.
Muscles attach to and pull bones. Think about muscles like a giant rubber band. They can stretch (lengthen) but they also contract (shorten). Every muscle has an opposite (antagonist) muscle. Muscles cannot push, they can only pull so when a muscle pulls a bone in one direction, the antagonist muscle pulls the bone back to the opposite direction. For example, many people are familiar with the biceps (the muscle in the upper arm). The biceps pull the lower arm closer to the upper arm. The triceps on the back of the upper arm, pull the arm straight again. When a muscle contracts (shortens), the antagonist muscle cannot contract at the same time. This is why when a muscle spends too much time in a shortened position, the antagonist becomes weak, overstretched, and usually painful. Orthopedic massage rebalances the muscles by relaxing the contracted muscle and bringing the overstretched muscle back into the normal resting position.