Massage Therapy

When people are thinking of massage, they are generally thinking of relaxation.  What you may not know are all the ways massage thera;y may help the body.  Some general benefits of massage may include:

  • Improves circulation of blood and lymph systems and improves the condition of the body’s larges organ, the skin
  • Relief of tight muscles (knots) and other aches and pains
  • Greater range of motion and flexibility
  • Reduces recovery time, helps prepare for workouts and eliminates aches and pains for athletes
  • Reduces spasms and cramping
  • Helps relieve tension-related headaches
  • Alleviates discomfort during pregnancy
  • Reduces levels of anxiety

Having improved circulation enhances the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to muscle cells and helps remove wast products.  These circulatory effects of massage may help with inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis or edema (an excessive accumulation of fluid in body tissues).

Massage Therapy is also thought to induce relaxation response, which will lower heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, and then generally decreases the effects of stress.
Here are some to the conditions massage may help:

  • Sciatica
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Whiplash
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Tendon and muscle tears
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Gout
  • Pregnancy related back pain and other discomfort
  • Shin Splints

Here at Spokane Chiropractic & Sports Injury Clinic our massage therapists lean more toward the style of deep tissue massage.  Deep tissue massage is so effective due to its technique; it is a slower, stronger massage that stimulates deep into muscles.  It helps to break up and eliminate scar tissue.  It is found to especially benefit athletes who expose their muscles to strenuous workouts.  However, you do not need to be an athlete to benefit from deep tissue massage.  Those suffering from certain conditions find that deep tissue massage is quite therapeutic.

On the other hand just because we normally offer deep tissue massage it doesn’t mean that it is the only technique we suggest.  We tend to shape our massage around the patient and we pull in the best style that best suits them.

Our massage therapists are trained in swedish massage, sports massage, pregnancy massage, trigger point therapy, deep tissue massage and many more.

Swedish Massage: refers to a mixture of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same path of the flow of blood returning to the heart.

Sports Massage: Is a form of massage that is used before and after athletic events.  The strokes used are basically the same, only the position and the areas emphasized are different.  Pre-natal massage decreases tension and helps with relief to low back and all-over pain.

Trigger Point Therapy:  A trigger point is a hyper-irritable spot that is painful.  Trigger points affect not only the muscle where the trigger point is located but it also is located near a nerve and that is why the pain can refer.  Therapists will usually feel with their fingers to locate these spots and use firm pressure to pin the trigger point in one spot.

Massage Therapy has been and always will be beneficial for the human body.  If it is relaxation that one is seeking, then relaxation you will find.  Or if an unfortunate accident may occur, massaging the injured area will help the body heal faster.  Even everyday stresses of life that we are all faced with, are helped by using these techniques.  If you find that we haven’t quite described what you are dealing with, you will find that the massage therapists at Spokane Chiropractic & Sports Injury Clinic will work with you and help find a solution to your needs.

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