Massage Therapy is an important part of our practice’s focus on overall health and wellness. Massage Therapy is the manual manipulation of soft body tissues (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to improve and enhance a person’s health and well-being. There are many different types of massage therapy methods (modalities). Therapeutic massage describes massage that helps relieve pain, reduce stress, and work on a specific problem or area of injury. Massage improves the flow of blood and lymphatic fluid to reduce muscular tension and to enhance tissue healing. The goal is for our client’s massage experience is to be both relaxing as well as offering lasting health benefits.
These issues can include:
- Repetitive stress injuries from sitting or standing postures that are held for several hours a day
- Migraines, cluster headaches, tension headaches, sinus headaches
- Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder
- Strains and sprains (after inflammation has gone down)
- Low back pain
- Radiating pain
- Post-surgical scar tissue (with doctor’s approval)
- Frozen shoulder
Massage Therapy are different from a relaxation massage
The massage work may feel deeper than a relaxation massage. You also may experience more tenderness as the therapist works through the tissue. It is important to let your therapist know if the pressure feels too deep or uncomfortable. Don’t be afraid to communicate.
The therapist may use various techniques during your treatment session. Depending on their training they may incorporate deep-tissue massage, myofascial release, trigger point work, various movement therapies, and passive and resistive stretching techniques.
A therapeutic massage can greatly benefit your overall well-being. The more focused work can help decrease your pain and increase your range of motion, making it easier to function in your world.