Massage therapy involves different types of movements and varying degrees of pressure to manipulate soft tissue and relieve pain and tension. Massage can be performed on the entire body or on specific parts, with or without oils and lotions. Treatment could involve long strokes, kneading, circular movements, vibration, tapping and other techniques in which the therapist uses the fingers, palms, forearms and/or elbows. For example, the massage therapy treatment you receive to relieve pain or treat a sports injury is very different than the technique used to reduce emotional stress or prepare a woman for childbirth.
Massage therapy techniques or modalities used at Natural Healthcare Center include but are not limited to:
The goal of Swedish massage is to relax the entire body. Swedish massage is beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, improving circulation and flexibility, and easing tension.
Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure provides the benefit of releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue and tendons.
Massage therapy during pregnancy is a wonderful, complementary treatment for prenatal care. It is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness.
Sports massage works deep in the muscles, realigning the muscle fibers and connective tissue and flushing away the toxins. Regular sessions increase joint mobility and flexibility and reduce the risk of injury during exercise.
The suction and negative pressure provided by cupping can loosen muscles and encourage blood flow. Cupping is often used to relieve back and neck pain, stiff muscles and migraines.
Craniosacral therapy involves applying gentle pressure and manipulation to the joints in the skull, spine, and parts of the pelvis. This non-invasive, hands-on therapy aims to enhance the body’s own healing capabilities.
Oncology massage is a client-specific, customized massage session designed to meet the unique and changing needs of someone in treatment for cancer or with a history of cancer treatment.
Reflexology is based on the principle that there are nerve endings in a small area of the hands and feet that provide a “map” of the rest of the body, including muscle groups and organs. Applying pressure to these areas can help to restore and maintain proper function in the corresponding part of the body.
Long considered a luxury, massage therapy is now widely accepted by the medical community as a necessity. Massage can often reduce the need for opioids and other prescription medication, allowing the body to heal naturally without harmful side effects or risk of addiction.
Whether you’re experiencing acute muscle injuries or chronic pain, our licensed massage therapists use a variety of massage techniques to stretch muscle fibers, break up scar tissue, and stop muscle spasms. Therapeutic massage aids in healing by improving blood circulation, supporting the body’s immune system, and helping to correct poor posture.
Even if you don’t have an injury or illness, you may have stress, which causes toxins to get trapped in the body’s cells. Massage helps relieve tension by replenishing oxygen and nutrients in the cells. Deep tissue massage can also improve circulation, joint function and muscle flexibility, relieve pain, prevent new injuries, enhance athletic performance, and increase energy.
At Natural Healthcare Center, massage therapy is typically used in conjunction with other services to accelerate the healing process, from chiropractic and physical therapy to podiatry and acupuncture. Massage therapy is used to treat a wide range of conditions, including but not limited to:
Our team works collaboratively to get to the root cause of your pain or discomfort, and massage therapy is often recommended as part of a comprehensive, personalized treatment plan. At Natural Healthcare Center, we focus on the science of massage therapy and treatment is offered in a clinical setting. Chiropractic patients receive massage therapy as part of their treatment at no charge. However, all patients are welcome to contact our massage therapists and book separate, longer massage sessions.
Massage therapy was introduced to the United States in the 1850s but dates back thousands of years in China, Japan, India, Egypt, Greece and Rome. In fact, some Egyptian tombs show hieroglyphics that illustrate people giving massage, and Hippocrates once said “the physician must be experienced in many things, but assuredly in rubbing.” A one-hour massage is believed to deliver the same benefits as a full-night’s sleep.
If you’ve been injured in an accident or sporting event, or you experience chronic pain or discomfort, schedule a complimentary consultation at Natural Healthcare Center. Bring your healthcare records, diagnostic imaging, test results, prescriptions and nutritional supplements. Dr. Proodian will review your records, discuss your history, answer your questions and offer recommendations to address your specific condition – all at no charge.
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If you enjoy the massage therapy component of your treatment, you can contact our massage therapists and book individual massage sessions for yourself, friends, and family. Find out about the Natural Healthcare Center Massage Club and single-session massage rates.