For medical massage, the therapist uses the most appropriate techniques drawn from different massage modalities to provide the most effective relief, and to stimulate your body’s natural healing processes.
In acute medical conditions,
your body reacts to protect itself. This happens immediately following an injury, or when you have sharp, sudden pain. Usually, acute pain is resolved when the injury heals. Sometimes, though, your body creates a pain cycle: pain causes tension, which causes inflammation, which causes more pain.
Massage therapy helps reduce acute pain while the original injury heals. If your body is stuck in a pain cycle, your therapist’s work helps to break the cycle by stimulating certain nerve fibers and reconditioning your body’s pain response.
Chronic medical conditions & chronic pain
require a different approach.
Chronic medical conditions are those conditions that do not heal, such as arthritis, or take a long time to heal. Chronic pain refers to pain that lasts for more than six months, or pain that lasts after an injury heals.
Your therapist’s approach will focus on stimulating your body’s immune system and normalizing nervous system function. Orthopedic techniques are included as well, to improve posture and alignment, and to increase range of motion.
For both acute and chronic medical conditions,
your massage therapist’s role is not to force your body to relax. Instead, we teach or remind your body how to heal itself.
Once that process is started, your body naturally takes over, and healing begins.
We have experience
helping clients reduce the symptoms associated with:
Spondylopathies: Ankylosing spondylitis, spondylosis spondylolisthesis, and spondylolysis
We can also speed the healing of, and help clients reduce or eliminate, the following:
Carpal tunnel syndrome & thoracic outlet syndrome
Edema & lymphedema
Headache & migraine
Joint pain of all kinds: Back pain from upper, middle, and low back. Ankle, knee, and hip pain. Wrist, elbow, and shoulder/rotator cuff pain. Neck pain.
Note: We do not eliminate the “pains in your neck” that you encounter in daily life. We help you deal with the stress they create, though!
Sciatic pain, & piriformis syndrome
Sprains, strains, tendinitis & tendinosis
Surgery recovery & rehabilitation
TMJ pain & dysfunction
Common techniques in medical massage…
…include lymphatic drainage, muscle energy techniques, assisted stretching, myofascial release, Shiatsu bodywork, and other therapeutic massage techniques. The therapist also works with your other healthcare practitioners to develop the most appropriate treatment plan for your needs and lifestyle.
Ask for this style if…
you need help managing symptoms or pain from a medical condition
you have an injury that is recent, or if you have an injury that re-occurs
you still suffer pain from a surgery, or from an injury more than a few months old
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