Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is manual mobilization and release of the soft tissues of the body (muscle, connective tissue, tendons and ligaments) to enhance a person≈s health. It is more often performed with hands and fingers but can also be applied using elbow and forearms.

Massage benefits can include:

  • Stress Relief
  • Relief of Postoperative Pain
  • Relief of Pain Caused By Muscle Tightness
  • Headache Pain Relief
  • Increased Range of Motion
  • Enhance Exercise and Sport Performance
  • Promote Relaxation
  • Relief from Fibromyalgia

Massage has a long history dating back thousands of years and is referenced in the ancient writing of many cultures including the writing or Hippocrates, the "father of medicine".

  • "Swedish massage" is what is accepted by the general public as massage today.
    • It consists of several methods; long strokes, lifting and kneading strokes, deep, firm rubbing movements, quick percussive movements or rapid shaking or vibrating movements.
    • An oil or lotion is used on bare skin for gliding, but not with the other methods.
  • Instruments made of metal, plastic or wood may be used as well as devices that apply vibration to muscles.
  • The amount of contact pressure used varies from light touch to heavy pressure depending on the needs of the patient and which tissues are being addressed.
  • Methods of massage therapy include:
    • Graston Technique uses this steel instruments that are dragged along muscle fibers to break up adhesions.
    • Neuromuscular Therapy sometimes uses rubber tipped tools to apply static pressure on trigger points (hypersensitive nodules of contracted muscle fibers) to help them release.
    • Emmett technique uses very light finger contact to help with pain and discomfort.
  • In conjunction with massage techniques, modalities may be indicated, such as the use of ice packs, moist heat packs or ice massage.

To Learn More About Our Therapeutic Massage Services,
please contact us at (931) 455-5189 or (931) 728-5189

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