About Massage Therapy
Massage therapy is designed to address soft tissue injuries and damage within the body. Massage therapy increases blood circulation, re-sets normal resting muscle tone, improves range of motion, and increases the normal function of the body.
At ADIO Chiropractic Center, we aim to promote these health benefits by providing many different types of massages to all our patients.
- Craniosacral Therapy
- Post Injury Massage
- Lymphatic Drainage Massage
- Pre & Post Sporting Event Massage
- Russian Massage
- Structural Integration
- Swedish Massage Therapy
- Trigger Point & Myofascial Release Therapy
The massage style someone requires will vary depending on that person’s life, health, and well-being. We wish to provide every single patient that arrives in our office with the highest level of professionalism and care so they can live the healthiest life possible.
Massage therapy can be used to help people feel healthier both mentally and physically, improving well-being and quality of life. This is done by applying differing pressures to soft body tissues like muscles, connective tissues, tendons, and ligaments, which promotes relaxation, recovery, and rejuvenation in patients. Massage therapists use this practice to aid patients in many avenues of life.
Using massage therapy to relax the body not only decreases stress and anxiety levels, but also reduces pain in muscles and organs. Relaxing muscle tissues can reduce contractions, spasms, and nerve compression, allowing the body to normalize and pain to subside. In turn, this relaxation can improve organ function, as organs can react negatively to bodily distress and harm. The decrease of pain may also increase mobility and flexibility in both normal people and those that suffer from arthritis, allowing people to have a more active lifestyle.
After being injured, massage therapy can also promote a faster recovery. Massage increases blood flow, causing more oxygen and nutrients to be pumped into organs and tissues. This boost to injured areas causes more flexibility and warmth in muscles, allowing the body to heal faster than it normally would. Along with increasing blood flow, massages can increase lymph flow which boosts the immune system and allows our body to heal from illnesses faster than it previously would have.
There are many other benefits that massages give that help foster a healthier body and mind. These other benefits can range from simple body changes, such as improved posture, to larger health improvements, like relieving headaches, easing breathing difficulties, and lowering blood pressure which can not only decrease the chances for strokes and heart attacks, but can also ease pressure on someone’s heart and arteries. All these health benefits increase the likelihood for a healthier and longer life.
A massage therapy session at ADIO Chiropractic Center begins with your therapist reviewing your diagnosis, health history, and any other problems you may be experiencing. An evaluation may be performed to confirm your working diagnosis. Our therapists have access to a doctor of chiropractic at anytime should any questions arise during treatment.
Types of Massage
The massage therapist uses gentle kneading and stretching techniques that target contracted muscles and fascia (a tissue structure that covers the muscles). In addition to kneading and stretching, the therapist may also use techniques such as ice or heat therapy. These techniques are designed to stimulate injured tissues, promote relaxation, lengthen contracted muscles, reduce scar tissue, and alleviate trigger points caused by tension in the fascia.
Safe, Non-Invasive Care
Massage therapy is a safe, non-invasive form of healthcare that can be beneficial for patients who have acute or chronic conditions. A continuing care plan may be recommended to ensure long-lasting benefits.
During a sports massage, the therapist uses a variety of techniques to focus on specific muscle groups in the body. A typical massage begins with rhythmic, stroking movements that relax the patient and allow the therapist to identify tense and tender areas. As the massage continues, the therapist gradually begins to focus on deeper tissues, using a kneading motion to stretch the muscle fibers and stimulate circulation. Finally, they may use forceful grasping and stretching motions to separate and break down harmful tissues with the body.