People turn to massage therapy to relieve stress from daily life, injuries, chronic and acute conditions, and help maintain health and wellness. In a clinical or hospital setting, massage therapy is given by licensed professionals who are trained to find and focus on problem areas.
Through soft-tissue manipulation techniques, massage is used to reduce stress and fatigue while improving circulation. Depending on the style of massage, methods may include kneading, rocking, tapping, or applied pressure.
Massage can reduce pain and anxiety for people with chronic illnesses, and reduce stress. It’s widely known to help treat conditions including stress-related tension, fatigue, sleep disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes, low back pain, and depression.
Your chiropractor or physical therapist might recommend that you receive a therapeutic massage to assist other therapies in treating a particular area of your body.
Research has shown that massage can reduce heart rate, lower blood pressure and increase blood circulation and lymph flow. It also relaxes muscles, improves range of motion, and increases endorphins, enhancing medical treatment.
Therapeutic massage does not increase muscle strength, although it can stimulate weak and inactive muscles, which helps compensate for the lack of exercise and inactivity caused by illness or injury.
Massage can help treat stress-related physical conditions, including:
- Anxiety and depression
- Headaches and migraines, tension headaches, or sinus headaches.
- Pain, including muscle tension, back, shoulder, and neck pain
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Strains and sprains
- Low back pain
- Radiating pain
What to expect during a massage therapy visit
When you first schedule your appointment, it’s essential to explain to the massage therapist exactly what work you would like done. Talk about what your specific needs and wants are and be sure to cover your areas of concern and go over what caused the issue.
Your massage will take place in a massage room. Clothing will be dependant on the treatment and always at your comfort level. We want you to feel as comfortable as possible.
After your massage, you may feel relaxed and a little sleepy, or you may experience a surge of energy, awareness, and concentration. Massage helps release toxins from your soft tissues, so we recommend that you drink plenty of water to flush toxins out of your system.
If this sounds like a treatment you need or want, please be sure to reach out via our contact us page, and we will be happy to assist you further.