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WHAT IS MEDICAL MASSAGE?
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!