Yes, a massage therapist can feel inflammation. Inflammation occurs when the body experiences physical or emotional stress, and massage therapists can feel the signs of inflammation when they are working on a client’s body. When inflammation occurs, the body responds by creating areas of painful adhesions, or knots, in the surrounding muscle tissue, which can be felt by the massage therapist when they are manipulating the client’s body. These knots are typically very tender and can be actively resisted by the client when the therapist attempts to move or massage them.
Inflammation is also associated with swelling, tightness and a decrease in range of motion. These are all areas that the massage therapist can detect and address during a massage session. For example, if a massage therapist notices an area of swelling, they can use manual lymphatic drainage techniques or gentle stretching to help reduce the swelling and improve circulation. Similarly, if the therapist finds an area of tightness, they can use targeted massage techniques to loosen and relax the muscles, as well as to decrease the amount of tension in the surrounding tissues.
Finally, inflammation can also be associated with a decrease in range of motion. If a massage therapist notices a limited range of motion in a client, they can use passive stretching, joint mobilization and other manual techniques to increase the range of motion and improve flexibility.
Overall, massage therapists have a keen awareness of the body and can easily detect areas of inflammation or stress. By recognizing and addressing inflammation, massage therapists can help reduce pain, improve circulation and increase range of motion, all of which help to promote a client’s overall health and wellbeing.