What is Massage Therapy?
Medical massage is outcome-based massage, primarily the application of a specific treatment targeted to the specific problem(s) the patient presents with a diagnosis and are administered after a thorough assessment/evaluation with specific outcomes being the basis for treatment.
What types of Massage Therapy are considered Medical Massage?
I believe all forms of Massage Therapy can be therapeutic when applied by a skilled and knowledgeable Therapist; therefore Medical Massage is not limited to any particular specific technique.
Our Therapists incorporate several approaches including, but not limited to, Muscle Testing, Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, Positional Release, Trigger Point Therapy, and Rehabilitative Stretching Procedures.
The capacity to combine the intuitive and scientifically proven principles defines the art and science of Medical Massage Therapy.
What are the benefits of Medical Massage Therapy?
The following lists many of the benefits of Medical massage Therapy.
- Releases tight and sore muscles which can cause Ischemia (Ischemia: A lack of blood supply to soft tissues, which causes hypersensitivity to the touch and allows for further injury to the tissues.)
- Helps relieve nerve compression or entrapment. (Pressure on a nerve by soft tissues, cartilage or bone, which can contribute to muscle atrophy, referred pain, paresthesia, and conditions such as pseudo sciatica, piriformis syndrome, pseudo angina, and others.)
- Deactivates Myofascial Trigger points (Trigger Points: Areas of high neurological activity, which refer to pain to other parts of the body. Research has show, trigger points may be responsible for as much as 74% of everyday pain.)
- Decreases Pain and inflammation:
- Massage can restore suppleness and strength to your muscles, improving their overall function. It’s the ideal treatment for releasing tension or muscles in spasm and helps to release toxins such as lactic acid (produced muscles tissue during exercise.)
- Alleviates Stress and Improves Circulation: Proper circulation is vital to continued health. Your blood and lymph carry nourishment to the trillions of cells throughout your body and then carry away the waste to be eliminated from the cells. Massage encourages a better exchange of nutrients at the cellular level and more through detoxification. Remember, the future “you” is determined by how well your army of cells regenerate themselves, so this is indeed a critical part of remaining healthy. Massage has been practiced for thousands of years and is one of the earliest treatments known to man. That is why it remains one of the best ways of dealing with everyday stress.
- Increases Flexibility and Range of Motion: By reducing hypertonicity and hypotonicity the muscles allow for normal ranges of motions to be restored. This also reduces the forces being applied to the joint capsule and diminishes the potential for joint and disk degeneration.
- Calms the Nervous System: The first sense to develop is your sense of touch. It’s not surprising when you consider that each square inch of your skin contains roughly 50 nerve endings. With as many as five million total touch receptors in your skin relaying messages on to your brain, your body’s initial response to massage is to relax and de-stimulate. Even a simple touch has been shows to lower blood pressure and reduce the heart rate. Touch can also signal the brain to produce endorphins, your body’s natural pain suppressors. The nervous system is your communication network, sending messages constantly that determine proper functioning throughout your body. Stress can affect the ability of the nervous system to do its job. The many nerve endings found in the skin and muscles are soothed by massage, and this contributes to keeping your internal lines of communication open and operations.
- Improves Posture and Coordination.
- Medical Massage is cost effective. By assisting the client towards a quicker recovery from acute headaches, neck and back pain, skeletal muscular strains, sprains, etc. he or she is able to return to a normal productive life.
Medical massage also helps to prevent future chronic pain conditions by effectively dealing with the cause of the problem and eliminating it. It is shown in scientific literature that a large percentage of pain is coming from soft tissues, and a significant percentage is directly attributed to trigger Points. Overall Medical Massage achieves results and substantial cost savings to the client, employer and to society. As the general public becomes more familiar with the role of the Medical Massage Therapist they will be better able to handle their everyday soft-tissue pains.
In the over one hundred years of its development, Chiropractic science has grown to major stature in the field of the healing arts and has reached millions of people. Today’s Chiropractor works both directly and indirectly with the nervous system. Every organ, tissue, and cell is controlled by nerve impulses traveling from the brain to all parts of the body. Nerves make possible all sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing. Nerves maintain balance and keep the body temperature at 98.6. Nerves make it possible to swallow. Nerves make the bowels move. Nerves control the liver, lungs, spleen, pancreas, gall bladder, and kidneys. In fact, the nervous system is the master system which controls all other systems of the body, including: the glandular, reproductive, digestive, eliminative, respiratory, and circulatory.
Every science of healing has what is known as an avenue of approach. For example, in the field of medicine, a hypodermic needle injects drugs through the skin; a pill is swallowed and goes into the stomach. These are the avenues through which the drugs gain access to the body.
In the field of chiropractic, the avenue of approach is the spine. The spine houses and protects the spinal cord, the switchboard of the nervous system through which nerve fibers pass from the brain to different parts of the body. For every effect there must have been a cause. If a person is ill, then the condition of pain, regardless of the name applied to it, is an effect for which there must have been a cause. The nerves leave the spinal cord through openings between movable spinal bones called vertebrae. When vertebrae through injury or posture problems become dysfunctional, they interfere with the normal function of these nerves. This joint dysfunction causes pain and malfunctions of the nervous system and is called the vertebrae subluxation complex.
The objective of chiropractic care is to determine, through x-ray films and thorough examination, the degree of the vertebral subluxation complex. Proper adjustments are given to reduce the cause of pain and malfunction. The result is optimal physical and mental performance.
It has been said that chiropractic care will often add life to years and years to life.