Specialized Techniques Offered
Pre / Post Natal
Aches and pains during pregnancy is part and parcel of joy during pregnancy. If you’re in your second trimester, there’s a good chance your hips or back is starting to feel the strain. A pregnancy massage is designed to loosen those hip flexors and SI joints to make it more comfortable to carry. In addition, studies show a decrease a breech cases when everything can move properly!
This technique is designed to assist patients with stretching by gently pulling on joints while moving them into different positions. Even if you’re not an athlete, a treatment focused on strictly stretching does wonders for achy joint and tight muscles. Additionally, these sessions do not require the removal of any clothing.
The fluid in the lymphatic system helps remove waste and toxins from the bodily tissues. Some health conditions and even old age can cause lymph fluid to build up. This leads to painful joints due to hydrostatic pressure. Normally, muscle contractions help facilitate movement of fluid from the legs. When you have tight muscles or weakened veins, this process is hindered. The primary sign of lymphatic back up is called pitting edema, which is preformed by pressing on the lower shin bone. If a pit forms and stays for longer than 5 seconds, you have water retention.
Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. This essential “time element” has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon: a low load (gentle pressure) applied slowly will allow a viscoelastic medium (fascia) to elongate.
Cupping is a type of alternative therapy that originated in China. It involved placing cups on the skin to create suction. This suction facilitates healing by increasing blood flow and decreases stagnation in the muscles and facia. The more stagnation present, the darker red the area will get.
Our office uses a variety of hot stones including bamboo, synergy and traditional versions to perform this technique. Benefits include increased blood circulation and decreased muscle tension, which helps the provider work out stubborn knots!
For those who might feel uncomfortable lying flat, a chair massage is a great option. Along with not having to remove any clothing, the practitioner can access muscles groups easier and really work those knots out!
Whether it’s a relaxing evening or a surprise for that special someone, our massage team has you covered. Additionally, we offer gift cards that work perfectly or Newlyweds, Valentines Day and Anniversaries!
What is Medical Massage Therapy?
Unlike a strictly spa setting, each session is designed to treat a particular condition. That is not to say we do not offer relaxation sessions or couples massages as well. Whether it’s tension headaches, herniated discs, sciatica or carpal tunnel, there’s something massage therapy can help with. In addition, some health insurances offer massage benefits which our office can go through!!
The term medical massage includes many techniques and the type of massage given usually depends on your needs and physical condition. The following are a few facts about the profession:
- Medical Massage dates back thousands of years. References to massage appear in ancient writings from China, Japan, India, and Egypt.
- In general, massage therapists work on muscle and other soft tissue to help you loosen muscles and decrease inflammation.
- In Swedish massage, the therapist uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration, and tapping.
- Sports massage combines techniques of Swedish massage and deep tissue massage to release chronic muscle tension. It’s adapted to the needs of athletes.
- Myofascial trigger point therapy focuses on trigger points—areas that are painful when pressed and are associated with pain elsewhere in the body. Please see the tab labeled trigger points for more information.
- Medical Massages are sometimes done using essential oils as a form of aromatherapy.
- Medical massage is a term used to describe the treatment of specific ailments and can be a great tool in post-injury care management.
Why Do I Need A Massage?
There are many benefits to having a massage where that’s just for relaxation purposes or for specific treatment of an ailment. For example, if you’ve just been in a car accident and have experiences whiplash of the neck, your joints are going to be angry and inflamed for a few weeks if not more. While anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxers help, they will not loosen the injured muscle and help facilitate the healing process. Medical Massages can help soften the soften around the neck, which while decrease inflammation and helps restore range of motion. The following are a few conditions that medical massages work great for:
- Trigger Points
- Sprain / Strains
- Scar Tissue
- Pinched Nerve
- Bulging / Herniated Discs & More!
How Often Do I Need To Go To One?
This all depends on what ailment you come in with. A sprain/strain injury will require more visits then something as simple as tennis elbow. Treatment is provided on the first visit and a good idea of the care plan can be established at that time.
DOES MY INSURANCE COVER IT?
The answer could be yes! Some insurances will cover medical massages if it is prescribed by the Chiropractor. Our office will be more than happy to go over any massage benefits you might have. It only takes a second for us to check!