Massage has long been proven to be an effective, non-invasive therapy for treating a range of different health problems – both physical and psychological. It is sometimes used as a standalone treatment but has also found to be extremely beneficial when incorporated into a chiropractic care program.
We are delighted to be able to offer a range of different types of massage techniques and/or practices that may be able to be included in your chiropractic treatment program. Exactly which will be best for you will depend on your individual circumstances and will be advised to you by our experienced and professional team.
Medical massage isn’t a particular style of massage in itself, but rather utilizes various massage techniques in order to target a single or several specific medical problems – for example, migraines or sciatica. To utilize medical massage, patients will first have an official diagnosis. Medical massage practitioners understand the best massage techniques and locations to induce relief, and work to achieve this specific outcome.
Range and Motion Techniques
Range and motion massage techniques are, as the name suggests, carried out with the purpose of increasing the range of motion through which a specific joint can be moved. It typically involves stretching techniques as well as massage and will increase blood circulation that will allow oxygen and vital nutrients into the joint so that easier and greater range of motion can be achieved. It is usually recommended for patients that have been identified as having a specific joint disorder such as a frozen shoulder or carpal tunnel syndrome.
Deep Tissue Massage
A deep tissue massage is a form of massage therapy that is used to treat chronic tension and injuries that have developed as a result of overuse. Many people compare deep tissue massage to the Swedish massage technique. However, with deep tissue massage, the pace tends to be slower and the pressure is applied much more strongly, with particular emphasis placed on the problem areas. It isn’t unusual for practitioners to use their forearms, elbows, fingertips, and knuckles to alleviate tension and provide pain relief (although you may experience some discomfort during the massage itself!). Deep tissue massage usually focuses on a specific problem such as injury rehabilitation or chronic pain.
Ortho-bionomy is a gentle technique that uses trigger points, gentle joint movements and balancing the body’s internal energy systems to alleviate tension, improve range of motion and heal from physical and emotional trauma. Despite often being included within massage services, the technique involves little to no massage at all and you will remain fully clothed throughout your appointment. Instead, our practitioners will use gentle movements and manipulation to ease joints and muscles into their most comfortable positions.
Swedish massage is one of the most commonly known techniques and is often referred to as a ‘classic’ massage. It involves our practitioner using movements including stroking, gliding, kneading, rubbing, tapping and pounding to soothe painful muscles by releasing toxins from them, release tension from your body and improve your circulation so that your body can better heal itself. It is also extremely relaxing and ideal for reducing stress and anxiety.
Cranio-sacral massage is a fairly modern form of therapy is that design to promote your body’s natural ability to balance, restore and heal itself. It can also be used to reduce stress and build energy. It is extremely gentle, making it suitable for the vast majority of patients, irrespective of their age or health. Despite its name, Cranio-sacral massage doesn’t just focus on the health and wellbeing of the head and neck. Your practitioner may also place hands gently on other areas of the body, and you will likely to improvements in your entire health and wellbeing.
If you have a health condition whereby you have an accumulation of lymph fluid in your body, you may be recommended for lymphatic massage. This is a technique designed to remove waste and toxins from bodily tissues and reduce swelling and improve circulation through the lymphatic system. Lymphatic massage has shown to be effective in patients who have lymphedema, fibromyalgia, skin disorders, arthritis and more.
Our massage services are tailored to the individual needs of our patients. If you would like to find out more about any of the services listed above, verify your insurance coverage for these treatments, or if you would like to schedule an appointment with our experienced and dedicated team, contact our offices today.