Massage therapy does more than make you feel good, it can actually help your body achieve balance and health. Massage therapy offers a natural treatment approach which actually relieves musculoskeletal pain for many patients. Our chiropractic office provides specific massage and neuromuscular therapy that is complimentary to their chiropractic care. Each massage therapy plan is tailored to meet the patient's unique pain condition or injury. The benefits of massage therapy may include the increase of blood circulation, a localized reduction in swelling and the relaxation of muscles. Massage has been known to relieve muscle pain and spasms, increase a patient's range of motion, while also aiding in a patient's recovery. Some investigative studies have even indicated that a single session of massage may help boost your immune system!
Swedish massage has the main goal of relaxation. It promotes blood and lymph flow and gives a sense of lengthening.
Deep tissue is often confused with pressure. It really just means you are working the deeper tissue in the body. True, sometimes it will take more pressure to get there but other times you might go under a muscle so you’re deep with little pressure. Warming up the superficial tissue is also key in really getting deep tissue work.
Sport massage, as indicated by it’s name, is great for helping an athlete or active person heal faster. These sessions are mostly tailor made depending on the athlete or activity.
Russian Sport is the same idea as a sport massage but very regimented. It is meant to stimulate the nervous system, greatly increase lymph flow and get blood into the muscle tissue bringing in nutrients. It is done with specific strokes in a specific order at a specific time.
Structural body work is an intense modality with a goal of lengthening connective tissue. It is designed to help work towards the bodies’ structural foundation. If working with a doctor you should ask if you can receive this type of treatment.
Neuromuscular therapy looks at the body globally but works it specifically. It is a fairly high intense modality. You are specifically looking for trigger points and the dysfunctional tissue, then trying to figure out what might be causing them. It is a journey in which there is a goal that takes communication between client and therapist.
Pressure and Trigger Points
No matter how deep someone asks for the pressure to be they should not have to flinch, flex, or try and get out of the way. This does not mean it can’t be intense. Intensity is up to the client. With the more specific goal orientated sessions you get bigger results from a good intensity.
Trigger points are believed to be formed when calcium gets stuck in muscle at the cellular level. To get it out you need ATP (adenosine triphophate) the bodies’ energy. Blood is what carries ATP, so for trigger points you are trying to work blood in to bring ATP to get the calcium out. How do you know if it is a trigger point? When pressed on you will feel a referral pain somewhere else. Often you will recognize this pain as something that bothers you. It could just be that trigger point. You can feel the taut tissues, and you may get a local twitch response when pressed. These are ways a therapist knows if it is an active trigger point. So as a client if you feel a referral you should let your therapist know.