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Why Visit a Massage Therapist?

Massage therapists help clients by using touch to understand your muscle tension and manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. Utilizing various techniques, massage therapists help to relieve pain, heal injuries, improve circulation, relieve stress, increase relaxation, and aid in the general wellness of clients.

Your massage therapist will work with you to decide the best way to address your muscle tension causing pain. For some injuries, it may take 2-3 sessions before your massage therapist can safely address some deeper soft tissue structures causing pain.  When receiving your massage, always communicate your preference for dept of massage.

Common Conditions Massage Can Help With

  • Physical pain such as muscle tension, back pain, neck, shoulders, elbows & knees
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Rotator Cuff Syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Muscle sprains and strains
  • Sports injuries
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches & Migraines
  • Depression
  • Arthritis & Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Fibromyalgia

Graston Technique

A form of manual therapy known as soft-tissue instrument-assisted mobilization. Graston technique use stainless-steel instruments reduce and improve muscle adhesion, or scar-like tissue from previous injuries.  This form of soft tissue therapy is able to promote better range of motion through the enhancement of blood circulation, alleviation of scar tissue, and improving tendon and tissue extensibility.

Benefits of a Graston Technique

  • Graston technique can be used to quickly reduce acute or chronic pain and increase range of motion.
  • Graston technique helps to break down scar tissue, decrease adhesions, restore movement, and promote healing.
  • It is also known to improve soft tissue vibration, decrease neuromuscular dysfunction, reduce edema, and improve joint function.
  • Graston technique can be used in combination with other treatment methods, such as massage therapy and chiropractic therapy.
  • Graston technique is safe, gentle and non-invasive.
  • It helps to reduce pain, show improvement in range of motion, and decrease swelling.

What Conditions Can Be Treated?

  • Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and tendonitis
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Muscle spasms
  • Sprains and strains
  • Sport, work, and motor vehicle injuries
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Tendinosis
  • Carpel tunnel
  • Shin Splints
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

Deep Tissue/Therapeutic Massage

Therapeutic massage/deep tissue does not need to cause a high level of pain or discomfort to get results.  This type of massage is for deeper tissue structures of the muscle and fascia, also called connective tissue. The pressure a client will experience will be more intense than a relaxation massage.

Benefits of a Deep Tissue Massage

  • Reduced muscle tension.
  • Improved circulation.
  • Stimulation of the lymphatic system.
  • Reduction of stress hormones.
  • Relaxation.
  • Increased joint mobility and flexibility.
  • Improved recovery of soft tissue injuries.

What Conditions Can Be Treated?

  • Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and tendonitis
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Muscle spasms
  • Sprains and strains
  • Sport, work, and motor vehicle injuries
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Back and neck pain
  • Upper and lower extremity complaints
  • Circulatory and respiratory problems
  • Post-injury and post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Pregnancy discomfort
  • Stress relief
  • Wellness and prevention

Sports Massage

Sports massage is manual manipulation of the muscles focused toward helping people who have physically demanding sports, training schedules or hobbies. This kind of therapeutic massage considers the impact of certain activities on specific joints, muscle groups, tendons, ligaments, and soft tissue groups.

Sports Massage vs. Deep Tissue/Therapeutic Massage

Sports massage, is a targeted massage approach that focuses on specific areas of the body that are in need of healing or relief.Deep tissue/Therapeutic massage is often address the entire upper to lower body vs. focusing on a specific area of the body.

How Often Should You Get a Sports Massage?

It really depends on the intensity and frequency of your sport or training activities. Consider that elite athletes receive about one massage per wee and serious amateur athletes receive a massage every 1-2 weeks.  For most of us once every 4-6 weeks is usually sufficient.

Benefits of Sports Massage

  • Reduction in muscle tension, muscular pain and discomfort
  • Increased range of motion, leading to enhanced performance.
  • Decreased muscle stiffness and soreness after exercise or physical activity
  • Reduced recovery time post injury
  • Increased levels of relaxation and reduction in physical and psychological stress levels
  • Aids sleep quantity and quality.

Prenatal/Pregnancy Massage

Massage therapy sessions specifically tailored to expectant mothers. Prenatal massages are adapted for the anatomical changes you go through during pregnancy.  Prenatal massage is safe with a wide range of benefits.

Their are many benefits to prenatal/pregnancy massage. Getting good quality sleep becomes harder and harder as your pregnancy progresses. Prenatal massage relaxes the nervous system and releases feel good hormones.

When Should I Get a Prenatal Massage?

In our office, expectant mothers can begin receiving prenatal massages after their first trimester.  Your massage therapist will make appropriate modifications to your treatment to accommodate your needs. During a prenatal massage, the therapist will avoid using deep pressure on your abdomen and legs.

Benefits of Prenatal Massage

  • Improves insomnia.
  • Improves joint pain.
  • Improves neck and back pain.
  • Improves leg cramping.
  • Improves sciatica.
  • Improves swelling in your hands and feet (as long as that swelling isn’t a result of preeclampsia).
  • Improves carpal tunnel pain.
  • Improves headaches and sinus congestion.