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Massage Care Services

Massage Therapy:

Massage Therapy is a hands-on manipulation of the soft tissues of the body, including muscles, connective tissues, ligaments and joints. The goal of Massage Therapy is to develop, maintain, rehabilitate and restore maximum functioning ability, relieve or prevent physical inability and pain, as well as enhance the well being of the patient. Massage Therapy has a therapeutic effect by acting directly on muscular, nervous, circulatory, lymphatic and respiratory systems. Massage Therapy is a type of treatment that is utilized for a variety of different conditions.

Hydrotherapy:

Warm or hot hydrotherapy, such as paraffin wax, is utilized to enhance the effect of decreasing point tenderness and hypertonicity ( an increase of tone in muscle ) and to prevent trigger point formation. Other forms of hot hydrotherapy are epsom salts bath, thermophore (deep moist heating pad), hydroculator and hot towels. Cool or cold hydrotherapy such as ice packs are applied to decrease inflammation and swelling in the muscle. Ice acts as a pain killer by numbing the area to which it is applied.

Remedial Excercises:

Remedial exercise programs are designed to increase the strength of weakened muscles, to help you perform activities of daily living with more ease. Remedial exercises are also designed to increase the length of shortened muscles to increase the range of motion and prevent injury.

Reflexology:

Reflexology is a non-invasive therapy based on the theory that there are reflexes in the feet, hands and ears that relate to internal glands, organs, and parts of the body. These reflexes are laid out as a "mirror" of the body. Through application of pressure on these reflexes, there is improved circulation, a release of tension and congestion which over time promotes natural healing of the body.

General Benefits of Massage Therapy:

  •   Decreases pain and discomfort.
  • ∼  Re-aligns muscle fibers, allowing muscle to function properly.
  • ∼  Decreases and eliminates muscle spasms, decreasing pain and discomfort.
  • ∼  Decreases tight hypertonic muscles ( hypertonicity is an unnatural increase in the tone of the affected muscle ). This allows for more
  • flexibility and increasing the range of motion of the joint.
  • ∼  Prevents and eliminates trigger points or hot spots in the involved and compensating muscles. Trigger points are sometimes present with
  • a referral pattern of pain or the pain will stay local to the sight. The result of eliminating the trigger point decreases headaches, pain
  • and in the interim allows the area to relax.
  • ∼  Massage Therapy allows us to address muscle imbalances, which usually occur on the most dominate side of your body. So, if you are
  • right handed this would be your dominant side. Unfortunately muscle imbalances cause structural stress in your body, causing pain
  • and discomfort in this area. For example, moms who hold their babies on their right hip all the time will eventually feel discomfort in the
  • low back area and left hip; from compensation.
  • ∼  Increases circulation of blood flow to the involved muscles. Since blood carries oxygen and nutrients, this ensures a good supply to all
  • your muscles, aiding in the healing process.
  • ∼  Increases range of motion of the affected joint, by decreasing the muscular stress on the involved joint.
  • ∼  Induces your parasympathetic nervous system, which is the system in your body that promotes rest and relaxation.
  • ∼  A variety of passive stretches are applied during a typical massage therapy treatment. This results in lengthening shortened, contracted
  • muscles, allowing for more free movement during your normal activities of daily living.

The Following Conditions Can Be Treated By Therapeutic Massage:

  •   Asthma
  •   Bursitis
  •   Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  •   Chronic Bronchitis
  •   Chronic Fatique Syndrome
  •   Chronic Pain
  •   Constipation
  •   Degenerative Disc Disease
  •   Dislocations
  •   Dupuytren's Contracture
  •   Fibromyalgia Syndrome
  •   Fibrositic Headache
  •   Fractures
  •   "Frozen Shoulder & Adhesive Capsulitis Hemiplegia"
  •   Hypertension
  •   Inflammatory Arthritides
  •   Intercostal Neuralgia
  •   Joint & Muscular Pain (from motor vehicle accidents)
  •   Migraine Headache
  •   Multiple Sclerosis
  •   Muscle spasm
  •   Myofascial trigger Points
  •   Osteoporosis
  •   Parkinsonism
  •   Piriformis Syndrome
  •   Plantar Fasciitis
  •   Pregnancy & Breast Drainage
  •   Scar Tissue
  •   Scoliosis
  •   "Shin Splints" & Compartment Syndromes
  •   Sinusitis
  •   Sports Injury
  •   Sprains
  •   Strains
  •   Stress & Anxiety
  •   Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunctional Syndrome
  •   Tendinitis
  •   Thoracic Outlet Syndromes
  •   Trigeminal Neuralgia
  •   Whiplash

 

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