Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress-related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. Massage is an effective tool for managing this stress, which translates into:
- Decreased anxiety.
- Enhanced sleep quality.
- Greater energy.
- Improved concentration.
- Increased circulation.
- Reduced fatigue.
Massage therapy can also help specifically address a number of health issues:
- Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
- Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
- Ease medication dependence.
- Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.
- Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
- Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
- Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
- Increase joint flexibility.
- Lessen depression and anxiety.
- Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
- Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
- Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
- Reduce spasms and cramping.
- Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
- Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
- Relieve migraine pain.
Massage Therapy is the practice of applying structured pressure, tension, motion, or vibration to the soft tissues of the body (including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, joints and lymphatic vessels) to achieve a beneficial response. There are many specialties within the field of therapeutic massage, each encompassing its own targeted techniques.
Many basic massage techniques aim to increase the circulation of bodily fluids and clear the body of toxins, thereby achieving a positive systemic effect that enhances overall wellness. Other, more specialized techniques are incorporated to address individual problem areas by working very specifically on related muscle groups and soft tissues. Through appropriate and individualized application by a professional massage therapist, a wide range of benefits can be achieved.
Medical Massage refers to the application of therapeutic massage techniques with the goal of improving a patient’s diagnosed health condition. An individualized treatment plan is generally created and followed by the therapists, and this is usually done in coordination with your physician.
What follows is an explanation of some of the different massage specialties and techniques offered at the White Sands Chiropractic Clinic, Inc.
Massage Specialties and Techniques
The main goal of Swedish Massage is relaxation. Through a routine of smooth, gliding strokes, kneading the muscles of the body and gentle stretching, circulation of blood is enhanced and relaxation is achieved. From head to toe, every system of the body is affected by Swedish Massage techniques. Its general applications are what most people expect when going for a common relaxation massage.
Deep Tissue Massage is a style of massage that uses slow strokes and deep pressure, either following or going across the grain of muscles, tendons and fascia. The name “deep tissue” is used to describe the intention of the work, that is, to focus on the deeper layers of muscle tissue.
Myofascial Release techniques are a form of bodywork that is manipulative in nature and seeks to rebalance the body. Long and somewhat deep strokes are used to stretch the muscles and connective tissues surrounding the muscles. This technique can be incorporated in a general massage session, but typically it is used to address specific problems the client may be having.
In a very specific way, Trigger Point Therapy seeks to address the areas of contracted muscle tissue most people think of as “knots.” A trigger point is an area of muscle that is very sensitive to touch and can give a sensation of referred pain (pain that may be some distance from the source of irritation). Trigger points can arise from chronic tension, as well as acute injury or spasms. By using firm, concentrated pressure, the therapist seeks to break up the trigger points, thus eliminating the cycle of spasm and pain.
WHAT TO EXPECT
It is best to arrive at least ten minutes early for your appointment to allow time for completing the intake paperwork. Treatment time may include up to 10 minutes of preparation and consultation. Late arrival time cannot be made up with treatment time, in consideration of other client appointments.
If you are a new client you will be asked to fill out an intake form. Your health history is important. Some massage modalities are contraindicated for specific health conditions. If you have special needs (i.e. allergies, wheel chair…) please disclose this ahead of time so that we may accommodate you.
The preferred way to receive massage is without clothing. You may find a minimal amount of clothing is more comfortable. You may need to wear shorts or stretchy pants for range of motion, stretching or other rehabilitation treatments.
Our clients are always draped with a sheet. Only the area being massaged is exposed. This provides comfort and respect for your personal privacy.