Muscle spasms can be a major cause of pain and discomfort. Our Licensed Massage Therapist is trained to perform a variety of techniques that address those muscular issues that commonly occur with joint issues. Put aside the assumption that Massage Therapy is simply an indulgence. It is truly a therapeutic procedure that affects your health and reduces your pain. It should be considered as part of your overall health and wellness plan.
Benefits of Massage Therapy?
- Relieves muscular spasm that is associated with repetitive use of muscles, spasm associated with joint conditions and discomfort from tightness cause by muscular imbalances.
- Increases circulation to muscles and hastens the healing of damaged cells.
- Restores flexibility due to previous injuries or surgeries so that you can regain full function and range of motion.
- Reorganizes scar tissue due to previous injuries or surgeries so that you can regain full function and range of motion.
- Helps decrease the chance of future soft-tissue injury if you are ever in an accident.
- Can reduce the intensity and frequency of headaches caused by muscular tension and subluxation.
- Reduces pain and dysfunction associated with TMJ disorder.
- Moves lymph and reduces edema in the legs and arms due to sluggish lymphatic movement.
- Reduces mental and emotional stress and it's effects on the body such as unconscious muscle holding, difficulty sleeping, grinding of the teeth, and restores the body hormones that are associated with relaxation and reduced anxiety.
- When combined with Chiropractic Care, it helps increase the longevity and ease at which your body holds an adjustment.
Types of Massage Therapy
- Swedish Massage: This is your typical relaxation-based massage that uses long, soothing strokes delivered in a rhythmic sequence and is meant to increase circulation and increase relaxation.
- Deep Tissue Massage: This is a 'catch-all' name for all massage techniques that focus on deeper tissue. It may simply be a seeper, slightly modified Swedish Massage or it may include techniques such as Sports Massage, Trigger Point Therapy or Neuromuscular Therapy.
- Hot Stone Therapy: Utilizing hot stones during a massage will enhance blood flow and relax tense muscles quicker to assist in deeper therapeutic work.
- Manual Lymphatic Drainage: MLD is a precise technique that uses minimal pressure to stimulate the movement of fluid underneath the skin in the lymphatic system. It is often used for those that suffer from certain conditions, such as Lymphedema, in which edema builds in the tissues causing benign swellings of the limbs. MLD is often performed by a therapist about 1 to 2 weeks apart and requires the patient to use techniques explained by the therapist, while at home to keep the lymph moving and edema at a minimum.
- Neuromuscular Therapy: This form of therapy uses specific massage strokes to address specific muscles, both superficial and deep, in a manner that corrects postural distortions, biomechanical dysfunction, nerve compression and loss of blood flow in the tissues. It uses precise palpatory skills by the therapist, that find subtle differences in the texture of soft tissues so the appropriate application can be used to restore normal muscular function.
- Prenatal Massage: This is great for relieving the aches and pains that commonly occur with the sudden structural changes brought on by a growing baby. Proper positioning is used so that pressure is not applied to the abdomen or stress is placed on the major vessels of the body by the growing baby. Massage has been shown to be a valuable part of the health of a normal pregnancy by reducing stress and relieving discomfort, especially in the later stages of pregnancy.
- Reflexology: Is a type of bodywork that focuses on applying pressure to the specific nerve zones in your feet. Unlike other foot massages that intend to mostly relieve tension in the feet themselves, reflexology is a far more in-depth science that aims to harmonize the entire body. According to Reflexology, every part of the human body is mapped into your feet. Reflexology treatments have been found to be highly effective for conditions such as allergies, headaches and depression.
- Sports Massage: Sports Massage has been scientifically proven to enhance performance as much as 20% because it enhances flexibility and increases blood flow to muscles needed to perform. Sports Massage performed prior to an event is more stimulating and less firm in pressure to reduce the possibility of soreness that might decrease performance. It utilizes quick, compressive strokes that increase blood flow and reduce general tension and also uses range of motion and stretching movements to ensure that maximum joint movement can be achieved. Sports Massage applied after an event is usually deeper and addresses areas of large muscle groups that have been overexerted during activity. It also utilizes stretching techniques to restore muscles back to full, healthy range of motion.
- Trigger Point Therapy: Based on twenty-five years of research by Dr. Janet Travel, former physician to President John F. Kennedy, this technique is meant to find localized areas of 'exquisite tenderness' that cause specific pain patterns in the body. Trigger Point Therapy has proven successful for many conditions including headaches and other soft-tissue injuries. It is usually used in conjunction with Neuromuscular Therapy.
Don't fret if you are not sure which form is right for you. The therapist will work with you and help determine your needs. Do not hesitate to address your concerns with your Massage Therapist. We are here to help and provide a safe, non-judgmental space for you to relax and feel better.