Massage Therapy


Massage Therapy


A Compliment to Chiropractic Care

Therapeutic massage is an age old remedy which has proven to be effective complement to Chiropractic Care. Both are Holistic in nature, and are based on the belief in the innate healing power of the body. Together Chiropractic and Massage facilitate the natural healing process by keeping the body in proper alignment and ensuring a free flow of nerve impulses and circulation of fluids to your muscles and joints.

Problems in the musculo-skeletal system can impede the natural healing process and often cause dysfunction and pain. Many Chiropractors would agree that it is important to treat soft tissues such as muscles, ligaments, and tendons to help prevent and correct misalignments of the spine and other joints in the body.

Together Massage Therapy and Chiropractic provide you with a more complete and effective treatment for pain and musculo-skeletal imbalances. At Body, Mind & Spirit Wellness Center we offer deep tissue massage, pregnancy massage, massage for auto accident victims. Some insurance plans cover Massage therapy.

Benefits of Massage

The therapeutic effects of massage are recognized by personal and clinical experience, and supported by scientific research. They include:

  • General relaxation
  • Improved circulation
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Alleviation of Pain
  • Reduction of anxiety
  • Relief from stress
  • Improved cellular nutrition

Massage therapy addresses a variety of health conditions, the most prevalent being stress-related tension, which, experts believe, accounts for 80%-90% of disease. Massage has been proven beneficial in treating sleep disorders, high blood pressure, low back pain, pregnancy, spinal injury from auto accidents, post-operative surgery, and age-related disorders, to name just a few.

Massage has many physiological effects, such as:

" Increased circulation to all areas of the body. This means that more oxygen goes to the tissues, enabling them to function more efficiently. "
" Removal of toxins and waste products that build up in the tissues.
" Reduction in recovery time from certain injuries.
" Softening of the connective tissue that permeates the body, resulting in more relaxed muscles and more efficient organ function.
" Breaking of the pain-tension cycle, which helps prevent muscle strains and aches.
" Increased flexibility and joint mobility.
" Better muscular balance throughout the body, resulting in effective support for other healing modalities, such as chiropractic adjustments.

What to Expect At Your Massage Session

If you havent had much experience with massage therapy, you might be wondering what to expect. This article will give you some ideas about what takes place during a "typical" massage session.

If its your first time seeing the massage therapist, he or she will likely ask you some questions. The massage therapist might ask about the reasons you are getting a massage, current physical condition, medical history, life style and stress level, experiences with specific areas of pain, and whether there is any specific need you want addressed during the massage. First and foremost, the massage therapist needs to make sure there arent any conditions present that rule out having a massage due to any health risks. Second, the massage therapist needs to know what your needs are regarding the massage and be sure both of you are clear about what your expectations and goals for the session are. Third, the information you provide helps the massage therapist determine what techniques to use and how to structure the session.

Next, you will be asked to remove your clothing. The therapist will either leave the room or otherwise provide privacy while you undress. You should take off only as much as you are comfortable removing. A sheet or towel is provided for draping during the massage. The therapist will uncover only the part of the body being massaged, insuring that modesty is respected at all times. The draping also keeps the person receiving the massage warm. You should also remove any jewelry or other articles that might interfere with the massage.

The massage takes place on a comfortable, padded massage table. The massage therapist will tell you what position to lie in on the table. The table may have some extra attachments or cushions, such as a face rest (which allows you to lie in a face down position without turning your head and neck). If you dont like using any attachments, ask the massage therapist to remove it or not use it.

Expect a peaceful and comfortable environment for the massage. The massage therapist may play music during the massage. Some people find music playing to be relaxing, some find it distracting. If you dont like music playing, ask the massage therapist to change the music or turn the music off.

Before the massage begins, the massage therapist may offer some advice that will improve the quality of your massage. A common one is to breathe, especially if a sensitive area is being massaged.

The massage therapist may use oil or lotion, which reduces drag on the skin while performing the massage strokes. If you are allergic to some oils or lotions, be sure to tell your massage therapist so you both can make sure the ingredients in the oil or lotion do not bother you. Some massage therapists will use a powder instead of oil if you are allergic.

Depending on your needs, the massage therapist will massage either the full body or only specific areas that need attention. For example, general relaxation or stress reduction sessions usually include all the major areas of the body, while a session for a localized injury, pain, or tightness will be focused on a specific area. It is possible to spend most of an entire session on only one area. If there is anything that does not feel comfortable or right or you do not like, you have the right to ask the massage therapist to stop.

After the massage is finished, you will once again be provided with privacy in order to get dressed. If there is time to do so, you may ask the massage therapist any questions you have. The usual length of a session is an hour. A massage session on a table generally should be a minimum of 30 minutes and maximum of 90 minutes.

An exception to the above description would be a seated massage. In this case, you sit in a specially designed massage chair. The chair supports the front of the body, which allows access to most of the body. You remain clothed and oil or lotion is not used. Seated massages are usually shorter sessions that typically run from 10 to 30 minutes. Since the chairs are highly portable, seated massages can take place in a variety of settings, including the workplace.

Please let your massage therapist know in advance if you need to cancel your appointment. Many massage therapists require a 24 hour notice.

Glossary of Terms

Massage therapy is a profession in which the practitioner applies manual techniques, and may apply adjunctive therapies, with the intention of positively affecting the health and well-being of the client.

Massage is a manual soft tissue manipulation, and includes holding, causing movement, and/or applying pressure to the body.

Therapy is a series of actions aimed at achieving or increasing health and wellness.

Deep Tissue  releases the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and deep finger pressure on the contracted areas, either following or going across the grain of muscles, tendons and fascia. It is called deep tissue, because it also focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue.

Myofascial Release is a form of bodywork that is manipulative in nature and seeks to rebalance the body by releasing tension in the fascia. Long, stretching strokes are utilized to release muscular tension.

On-site Massage (also known as chair massage or corporate massage) is administered while the client is clothed and seated in a specially designed chair. These chairs most often slope forward allowing access to the large muscles of the back. On-site massage usually lasts between 15 and 30 minutes and is intended to relax and improve circulation.

Sports Massage massage therapy focusing on muscle systems relevant to a particular sport.

Swedish Massage a system of long strokes, kneading and friction techniques on the more superficial layers of the muscles, combined with active and passive movements of the joints.

Trigger Point Therapy (also known as Myotherapy or Neuromuscular Therapy) applies concentrated finger pressure to "trigger points" (painful irritated areas in muscles) to break cycles of spasm and pain.

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