What is Therapeutic Massage Therapy?
Therapeutic Massage Therapy spans a wide variety of therapeutic approaches, working to improve an individual's health and well-being through the hands-on manipulation of muscles and other soft tissues. Therapeutic massage involves the manipulation of soft tissue structures of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, muscle spasm, and stress. It also improves the functioning of the circulatory, lymphatic, and nervous systems, and may improve the rate at which the body recovers from injury and illness. Massage therapy also provides a relaxed state of alertness, reduces mental stress, and enhances the capacity for creativity.
Massage therapy includes the assessment of the soft tissue and body joints, treatment and prevention of physical dysfunction by manipulation to rehabilitate or augment physical function, or relieve pain.
Massage therapy has a therapeutic effect on the body and improves health and overall well being by acting on the muscular, joints, nervous and circulatory systems. Physical function can be developed, maintained, as well as improved. Also physical dysfunction and pain can be relieved or prevented through the use of massage therapy.
Massage & Athletics
Massage and athletics are highly complementary and should be connected to mutually enhance performance and decrease recovery time.
Massage creates an increase in circulation and a decrease in overall muscle tension, thus increasing warm-up and decreasing chance of injury.
Massage helps to stabilize the spine and decrease the chance of re-injury and to maintain strength.
Massage aids in the removal of waste products (such as inflammation) from an injury site, allowing a more speedy recovery post activity.
Massage assessments will determine the proper course of treatment for optimal recovery and rehabilitation.
Soft Tissue Release
Soft Tissue Release has the same physiological benefits as traditional massage, however, it is less time consuming and uses only minimal discomfort. The benefits of STR not only include the latter, but also increase venous and lymphatic drainage, increase fluid absorption, mobilization of adhesions, and aids in the breaking of scar tissue, thus helping to improve tissue flexibility, increase range of motion and decrease healing time. (Sanderson, 2002) The STR process and treatment actively involves the client, therefore giving each client a sense of accomplishment and overall well-being when treatment is complete.
Trigger Point Therapy
Massage therapy treats and promotes overall well being as well as:
- Reduces muscular tension
- Increases circulation
- Increases range of motion
- Effects the nervous system
- Effects the healing of skin conditions
- Breaks downscar tissue
- Relieve cramps and muscle spasms
- Promotes healing and injury recovery
At Wellness we assess the nature and actual site of the problem and relate it to you as a whole, before we make a skilled diagnosis.
Conditions Treated by Massage Therapy
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Chronic and acute pain
- Circulatory problems
- Gastrointestinal disorders (including spastic colon, colic and constipation)
- Immune function disorders
- Myofascial pain
- Reduced range of motion
- Sports injuries (including pulled or strained muscles and ligaments)
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction
Wellness' hands-on, rehabilitation-focused licensed Massage Therapists can address the following needs and conditions:
Sport Specific Injuries
- Massage is very effective for treatment of soft tissue injuries. Therapeutically, massage can help to heal strained muscles.
Trigger point therapy is a bodywork technique that involves the applying of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. Oftentimes, massage and trigger point therapy are performed together. Trigger point therapy is also called myofascial trigger point therapy. It was developed by Dr. Janet Travell in the United States in the 1940s.