Introduction to Massage Therapy

Massage is defined as the application of soft-tissue manipulation techniques to the body, generally intended to reduce stress and fatigue while improving circulation. The many variations of massage account for several different techniques. Massage is one of the oldest healing arts and is accepted to be part of many physical rehabilitation programs. Massage therapy has also proven beneficial for many chronic conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, infertility, smoking cessation, depression, and more. And, as many millions will attest, massage also helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to disease and illness.  Massage Therapy. 2012. Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals. <http://www.massagetherapy.com>

Philosophy

At North South Physical Therapy we continually strive for customer satisfaction in the services we provide. We believe that providing great customer service is vital to building long term-healthy relationships with our valued clients. We believe that in all we do - we must always work in excellence.

Benefits of Massage Therapy

Improves sleep

Improves circulation

Relieves chronic pain

Reduces muscle fatigue

Relieves Headaches

Promotes joint flexibility

Decreases anxiety and stress... and many more.

 

Treatments

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage uses five basic movements to increase circulation and, in theory, remove toxins from muscles. The therapist uses firm but gentle pressure using emollient to reduce tension and relax muscles, always stroking in the direction of the heart.

The principal moves of Swedish massage are:

Effleurage: Long gliding strokes whose pressure can vary depending on the therapist and the client.

Petrissage: A kneading movement designed to relax muscles and increase circulation by compressing and releasing muscle tissue.

Tapotement: Tapping muscles with the side of the hand, fingers or palm to release tension and cramping.

Vibration: Using hands or a machine to create rapid movement that relaxes and soothes muscles.

Friction: This is a strong, rapid, circular movement usually done to release muscle knots. Normally, friction is applied for only a short period of time to avoid an inflammatory response.

Bending and stretching movements may also be used to relax joints.

Therapeutic Massage

Is a massage that uses varying techniques ranging from deep tissue to therapeutic touch. Deep tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia. This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity.

Sports Massage

Shorten recovery time between workouts; reduce chance of injury. Sports massage includes stretching, joint mobilization and muscle conditioning while at the same time improving your range of motion and muscle flexibility. Benefits will be evident with improved power and performance.

Myofascial Release/ Trigger Point Release

Fascia is the soft tissue component of the connective tissue that provides support and protection for most structures within the human body, including muscle. This soft tissue can become restricted due to overuse, trauma, infectious agents, or inactivity, often resulting in pain, muscle tension, and corresponding diminished blood flow. This technique uses continual palpatory feedback to achieve release of myofascial tissues. Direct myofascial release seeks for changes in the myofascial structures by stretching, elongation of fascia, or mobilizing adhesive tissues. The practitioner moves slowly through the layers of the fascia until the deep tissues are reached. The use of knuckles, elbows, or other tools to may be used to relieve pain, "knots", scar tissue and adhesions.

Prenatal/ Pregnancy

Prenatal massage is massage therapy that is especially tailored to an expectant mother's demands. The benefits of massage can improve overall prenatal health for many pregnant women. Along with the guidance and advice of a prenatal care provider, massage therapy can be incorporated into routine prenatal care as an emotional and physical health supplement proven to improve pregnancy outcome, and maternal health.

Benefits of Prenatal/ Pregnancy Massage

·        Relieves headaches

·        Relaxes muscle tension Reduces fatigue

·        Alleviates backaches

·        Relieves leg cramps

·        Reduces swelling/edema

·        Relieves pain

·        Enhances sleep

You may also find benefits from Physical Therapy. A proactive strength, flexibility and stabilization program can be very beneficial to preventing or decreasing the intensity of painful symptoms, thus making your pregnancy experience a more positive one.

 

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