Massage Therapy

Benefits of Massage Therapy

  1. Massage is one of the most useful and easily obtained forms of treatment in the field of physical therapy.
  2. Massage dilates or opens up blood vessels, improving circulation and relieving congestion.
  3. Massage increases the number of red blood cells, especially in cases of anemia.
  4. Massage acts as a “mechanical cleanser” pushing along lymph and hastening the elimination of wastes and toxic debris.
  5. Massage improves muscle tone and helps prevent or delay muscular atrophy resulting from forced inactivity.
  6. Massage relaxes muscle spasm and relieves tension.
  7. Massage helps eliminate edema of the extremities.
  8. Massage increases the blood supply and nutrition to muscles without adding to their load of toxic lactic acid produced through voluntary muscle contraction.
  9. Massage helps to overcome harmful “fatigue” products resulting from strenuous exercise or injury.
  10. Massage can compensate, at least in part, for lack of exercise and muscular contraction in persons who, because of injury, illness or age, are forced to remain inactive. In these cases, massage helps return venous blood to the heart and so eases the strain on this vital organ.
  11. Massage may have a sedative or stimulating effect on the nervous system depending on the type and length of massage treatment.
  12. According to some authorities, massage may burst the fat capsule in the subcutaneous tissue so that the fat exudes and becomes absorbed. In this way, massage combined with a balanced low-fat diet can be an aid to weight control.
  13. Massage increases the excretion of fluids along with nitrogen, inorganic phosphorous and salt via the kidneys.
  14. Massage disperses the edema following injury to ligaments and tendons, lessens pain and facilitates movement.
  15. Massage stretches connective tissue, improves the circulation and nutrition of the tissue, breaks down or prevents the formation of adhesions and reduces the danger of fibrosis.
  16. Massage improves the circulation and nutrition to joints. It helps lessen inflammation and swelling in joints and in turn alleviates pain.
  17. Massage encourages the retention of nitrogen, phosphorus and sulphur necessary for tissue repair in persons convalescing from bone fractures.

Types of Massage Therapy Available:

To inquire about our massage therapy services call us at 906-789-5868.

Relaxation Massage

The manipulation of muscle and connective tissue to enhance the function of those tissues and promote relaxation and well-being. Therapeutic massage can ease tension and reduce pain. Massage can be a part of physical therapy or practiced on its own. It can also be highly effective for reducing the symptoms of arthritis, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other disorders of the muscles and/or nervous system.

Chair Massage

A chair massage is by far, the most convenient method of massage therapy. Chair massage lasts about 15 minutes and is done while fully clothed. A chair massage promotes better circulation and muscle stimulation. This form of massage reduces tension in the back, neck, and shoulders; thus providing deep relaxation. A swift chair massage revitalizes your anatomy and encourages overall well-being.

Sports Massage

The use of the word massage is perhaps misleading in this instance. As although you will feel relaxed and invigorated after Sports Massage it can be really quite uncomfortable at the time. Sports massage is not necessarily an hour, but is specific to a particular muscle group or for the speedier rehabilitation of soft tissue for injury prevention and therapeutic purposes, involving the restoration to normal functional activity of the various structures of the body.

Reflexology

Reflexology, or zone therapy, is the practice of stimulating points on the feet, hands, or ears, in the belief it will have a beneficial effect on some other parts of the body, or will improve general health. The most common form is foot reflexology, in which the reflexologist applies pressure to points on a person’s foot. The foot is believed by practitioners to be divided into a number of reflex zones corresponding to all parts of the body.

According to Bill Flocco, Director of the American Academy of Reflexology in California,

“Reflexology is a powerful natural health science that studies the relationship of the reflex areas in the feet, hands, and ears to the rest of the body so that these areas can be worked on with the fingers and thumbs in a manner that will lead to improved health and the maintenance of good health.”

In reflexology, it is believed that there is a “vital energy” that is circulating between organs of the human body, that penetrates into every living cell. Whenever this energy is blocked, the zone of blockage will be affected, and the reflex zones can reflect the blockage of energy in different organs. Therefore, if someone has a problem in a particular organ, a reflexologist will press on the corresponding reflex zone(s), and the person will experience pain. This pain is claimed to originate from the deposition of crystals in the reflex zone and , with massage, these crystalline structures can be broken down and the pain relieved. Simultaneously, the pressure applied to the reflex zones by the reflexologist is claimed to pass through the nerves to dissipate energy blocks.

Swedish Massage

Swedish massage is the most commonly offered and best known type of massage. It was developed by a Swedish physiologist, Henri Peter Ling at the University of Stockholm in 1812. It uses a firm but gentle pressure to improve the circulation, ease muscle aches and tension, improve flexibility and create relaxation.

Swedish massage employs five different movements:

  • long, gliding strokes
  • kneading of individual muscles
  • friction
  • hacking or tapping
  • vibration

The therapist generally uses massage oil to facilitate making long, smooth strokes over the body. Swedish massage is done with the person covered by a sheet, a technique called “draping”. One part of the body uncovered, massaged, and then covered up before moving on to another part of the body.

Swedish massage is the foundation for other types of Western massage, including sports, deep tissue and aroma therapy.