Therapeutic Massage Techniques

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Therapeutic Massage, also known as Neuromuscular Re-education, works great in conjunction with Chiropractic care. Neuromuscular Re-education's main purpose is to manipulate the soft tissues of the body to align the musculoskeletal system with the body's central nervous system. If a patient experiences distortion or biomechanical dysfunction it is often a symptom of a deeper problem and neuromuscular therapy can provide relief. 

This technique is also used to:

  • Rebuild the strength of injured tissues
  • Restore postural alignment, biomechanics, and tissue flexibility
  • Improve venous and lymphatic flow
  • Eliminate trigger points that cause pain
  • Locate & release spasms and hyper-contractions in the tissue

We offer several different massage techniques in our office. Below, you can view all of the different techniques and what they are used for.

Aromatouch Massage

Aromatouch Massage is a massage technique that utilizes 8 essential oils used in a specific order with a layering technique of reflexology points, feathering, and using a light touch. This technique is specially formulated to support a healthy emotional state. It aids in stress management, immune system support, inflammation, and balance.

Cold Stone Massage

The use of cold stone therapy, alone on the body is a powerful decongestant, pushing blood, fluid, and wastes out of overworked, chronically tense, or inflamed tissues. The chilled stones have a decongesting, soothing effect on specific areas, refreshing and stimulating the mind. It can help improve circulation and also reduce high blood pressure. Cold stone massage provides stress relief and helps the body to relax. It also helps the mind let go of anxiety and trauma.

Cupping Massage

Cupping therapy is a form of alternative medicine in which cups are placed on the skin to create suction. Once the suction has occurred, the cups can be gently moved across the skin. The suction in the cups causes the skin and top muscle layer to be lightly drawn into the cup. Cupping is much like the inverse of massage- rather than applying pressure to muscles, it used gentle pressure to pull them upward. Suction reaches deep into soft tissue, attachments, and organs. Toxins, inflammation, blood, and lymph are then pulled to the skins surface. Health and healing are promoted by loosening soft and connective tissue, therefore visible improvements are seen in scars and adhesion's. This technique is used safely in children, adults, and the elderly. Cupping aids in lymph drainage, loosening and releasing adhesion's, move stagnation, reduce inflammation, stimulate blood flow, and calm the nervous system.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue massage, counter to popular opinion, does not merely refer to a massage with increased pressure on the muscle tissues.  In actuality, the most distinguishing feature of this technique is that the therapist follows the entire length of the muscle from one connective point to another.  What makes this technique 'deep' is that the massage is affecting the sub-layer of musculature and fascia (the layer of fibrous tissue).  This technique requires advanced training and a thorough understanding of anatomy and physiology. The muscles must be relaxed in order to effectively perform deep-tissue massage; otherwise, tight surface muscles prevent the practitioner from reaching deeper musculature. It helps with chronic muscular pain and injury rehabilitation and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendinitis.  It is very important to drink a lot of water after every massage to help flush lactic acid out of the tissues and help the patient avoid soreness.  This is especially important following a deep tissue massage where the release of lactic acid is greater.

Essential Oil Massage

An essential oil added to your massage session of choice that is specially designed to send you on a sensory journey to instantly soothe, alleviate, and/or balance the body and creating a natural healing. An added essential oil will aid stress/anxiety, muscle aches, sinus issues, headaches, and more. You will choose the massage technique and the essential oil. Your massage therapist will help you decided which essential oil will benefit you the most.

Hot Stone Massage

Hot stone massage is a unique technique because it incorporates the use of smooth, heated stones as part of the massage.  The therapist may place the stones to warm up the muscles and to increase energy flow.  They may also use the stones as an extension of their own hands.  The heat allows the muscles to relax so the therapist can work more deeply, more quickly.

Infant/Pediatric Massage

Infant and pediatric massage is a specialized form of touch that causes a lot of dissension.  However, human infants thrive when touched.  In many cultures, newborn are massaged on a regular basis.  Their extremities and core are vigorously stroked and then they are wrapped or swaddled.  Those that follow this custom find that infants that received regular massages sleep more soundly, have faster motor development, and are calmer.  Infant massage is also said to assist with the critical weight gain for premature infants.  Another benefit is for the mother.  Mothers that experience postpartum depression that massage their babies on a regular basis lessen their own depression and are more likely to play with their children regularly.

Myofascial Release Massage

Myofascial release's distinguishing feature is the sustained pressure and movement into fascial system in order to eliminate fascial restrictions and facilitating the emergence of emotional patterns that are impeding progress.  A palpation of the tissue texture of various fascial layers allows the therapist to locate areas of fascial tension.  They will then apply gentle pressure in the direction of the restriction. 

This technique is an effective approach to the relief of pain due to:

  • Cervical issues
  • Back issues
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Scoliosis
  • Neurological dysfunction
  • Restriction of motion
  • Headaches

Prenatal Massage

Prenatal massage is a specific technique for pregnant mothers and is performed by trained perinatal specialists.  This technique is designed to ease pregnancy discomforts and enhance the physiological and emotional well-being of mother and child.  The skilled touch can facilitate shorter labor times and can ease pain and anxiety during labor.  This technique is also beneficial for the mother in the postpartum period.  It can re-balance structure, physiology, and emotions for the new mother and help her bond with/care for her new infant.

Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu technique was developed in Japan and is a finger-pressure technique that addresses specific traditional acupuncture points.  It concentrates on unblocking the flow of life energy and restoring balance in the meridians and organs to promote self-healing.  The therapist applies pressure with their fingers, thumbs, palms, elbows, or knees to the specific energy meridians.  The main goals of this technique are to provide relaxation while stimulating circulation and lymphatic flow in order to provide pain relief and strengthening the body's resistance to disease.

Swedish Massage

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Swedish massage is one of the most common and well-known massage techniques.  The focus is mainly on energizing the body and promoting circulation.  It consists of five basic strokes, all flowing toward the heart, designed to warm up the muscle tissues.  When this technique is used, only the area that is being worked is exposed.  Therapists use a combination of kneading, rolling, and effleurage (a gliding stroke that is unique to Swedish massage).  The many benefits of Swedish massage may include generalized relaxation, dissolution of scar tissue adhesions, and improved circulation, which may speed healing and reduce swelling from injury.