Massage Therapist at Edgerton Chiropractic Clinic.
Therapeutic massage involves the manipulation of the soft tissue structures of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, muscle spasm, and stress; and, to promote health and wellness. Massage therapy improves functioning of the circulatory, lymphatic, muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems and may improve the rate at which the body recovers from injury and illness. Massage increases circulation, relieves stiff joints and muscle tension, increases range of motion, relieves pain from some forms of paralysis, sciatica, fractures, sprains, headaches and overworked muscles, reduces stress, helps prevent future pain and injuries and improves sleep patterns.
Therapeutic Massage is one of the best compliments to chiropractic care. Because muscles are attached to bones and joints it is very important for them to be relaxed and stretched to aid in adjustments to the skeletal system. Proper alignment helps to ensure the free flow of nerve impulses and circulation of blood and lymph.
Benefits of Massage with Chiropractic Care:
- Massage prior to adjustments helps prepare and loosen the body as it becomes more receptive to the adjustment which increases the effectiveness of treatments
- Massage after adjustments helps you relax overall and helps hold the adjustments
Massage Modalities Offered:
Swedish Massage is relaxing the entire body which is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. Additional techniques include circular pressure applied by the hands and palms, firm kneading, percussion-like tapping, bending and stretching. Swedish massage is exceptional for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
Deep Tissue Massage focuses on the deeper connective tissues and muscle groups, relieving much stress and pain. This therapy warms and spreads the fascia surrounding the muscles to enhance freedom of movement. Deep tissue massage is similar to Swedish massage but is used to target knots and release chronic muscle tension. Other benefits include reducing inflammation and helping to eliminate scar tissue. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons, and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).
Trigger Point Therapy is direct pressure which is applied to painful, contractual knots/hyperirritable spots in muscles to release the knot and relieve the associated pain. A trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. A trigger point in the back, for example, may trigger pain in the neck. The neck, now acting as a satellite trigger point, may then cause pain in the head. Trigger points are caused by muscle overuse or injury.
Hot Stone Therapy melts away tension, eases muscle stiffness, and increases circulation and metabolism. Our professional massage therapists then incorporate a customized massage, with the use of hot stones, to create a healing and relaxing experience. Hot Stone Therapy is ideal for muscular aches, back pain, stress and anxiety, poor circulation, rheumatic and arthritic conditions, insomnia, depression, and fibromyalgia. It provides deeper muscle and tissue relaxation, which in turn releases more toxins and improves circulation.
Prenatal Massage - Massage during pregnancy offers undeniable physical benefits. It stimulates the lymphatic system, increasing immunity and the removal of excess toxins, while also stabilizing hormonal levels and balancing the glandular system. Hormonal changes can cause depression and anxiety during pregnancy, which is why many expecting mothers can find relief with prenatal massage. It is very important you obtain approval from your obstetrician before receiving any form of massage during pregnancy. Women with normal, low-risk pregnancies can benefit greatly from massage, however, women in high-risk pregnancies should consult with their doctor or midwife before receiving massage.
Geriatric Massage encompasses basic relaxation and stress relief. It’s also a beneficial tool in fighting many of the symptoms of aging. It helps to increase blood circulation, combat depression, improve balance and flexibility, reduce the pain of arthritis, increase joint mobility, improve posture, improves sleep and encourages overall well-being.