Neuromuscular Therapy (Pain Management)


Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) uses a variety of trigger point techniques to treat conditions such as chronic pain, sciatica, rotator cuff dysfunction, carpal tunnel syndrome, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) and migraines, as well as traumas, including abuse-related trauma. NMT is the most effective type of massage therapy for lower back pain.  When done correctly, massage therapy can help to relieve back pain and tension. It is best to find a therapist trained in techniques that address back pain issues and has knowledge of muscle imbalances relating to back pain, such as sports injuries.  The most effective type of massage therapy for lower back pain is neuromuscular therapy. Neuromuscular therapy is also called trigger point myotherapy. The American Academy of Pain Management recognizes this form of massage therapy as an effective treatment for back pain caused by soft tissue injury (such as a muscle strain).
 
Trigger Point Therapy


Trigger point therapy focuses on the release of tension around specific nerve centers found throughout your body. It is great for relieving cramped and overused muscles.  Trigger points or trigger sites are described as hyper-irritable spots in skeletal muscle that are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fibers. Trigger point practitioners believe that palpable nodules are small contraction knots[ambiguous] and a common cause of pain. Compression of a trigger point may elicit local tenderness, referred pain, or local twitch response. The local twitch response is not the same as a muscle spasm. This is because a muscle spasm refers to the entire muscle entirely contracting whereas the local twitch response also refers to the entire muscle but only involves a small twitch, no contraction. The trigger point model states that unexplained pain frequently radiates from these points of local tenderness to broader areas, sometimes distant from the trigger point itself.  Practitioners claim to have identified reliable referred pain patterns, allowing practitioners to associate pain in one location with trigger points elsewhere.
 
Deep Tissue Massage


Designed to remove severe tension, deep tissue massage is a technique used to relieve both muscles and connective tissue below the surface. It helps to improve range of motion and heal injuries below the surface.  Deep tissue massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscle and the connective tissue or fascia. This type of massage focuses on the muscles located below the surface of the top muscles. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity, such as athletes, and patients who have sustained physical injury. It is also not uncommon for receivers of Deep Tissue Massage to have their pain replaced with a new muscle ache for a day or two. Deep tissue work varies greatly. What one calls deep tissue another will call light.  When receiving deep tissue work it is important to communicate what you are feeling.
 
Myofascial Release


Myofascial Release uses specific techniques to stretch and repair the connective issue between your muscles (fascia).  It helps your body heal properly from injuries and can restore range of motion.  Myofascial release is a form of soft tissue therapy used to treat somatic dysfunction and accompanying pain and restriction of motion. This is accomplished by relaxing contracted muscles, increasing circulation, increasing venous and lymphatic drainage, and stimulating the stretch reflex of muscles and overlying fascia.
 
Sports Massage


Sports massage uses a variety of massage techniques designed to help your body feel freer and stronger. It is particularly great for those with active lifestyles.  Sports massage is actually a form of Swedish massage that is delivered to athletes but inactive lifestyles do benefit as well. Most commonly, sports massage focuses on increasing blood and lymphatic fluid flow, reducing and eliminating pain as well as tender trigger points, and increasing range of motion of the affected area. Sports massages can be broken into 4 distinct types - the pre-event sports massage, the post-event sports massage, the restorative sports massage and the rehabilitative sports massage. As the names indicate, each type of sports massage has a different focus for the athlete as they are delivered at different times during their training and performance schedule.
 
Hydrotherapy


Hydrotherapy, formerly called hydropathy involves the use of water for pain-relief and treating illness. The term hydrotherapy itself is synonymous with the term water cure as it was originally marketed by practitioners and promoters in the 1800s. A hydrotherapist therefore, is someone who practices hydrotherapy. According to the International SPA Association (ISPA), hydrotherapy has long been a staple in European spas. It's the generic term for water therapies using jets, underwater massage and mineral baths (e.g. balneotherapy, Iodine-Grine therapy, Kneipp treatments, Scotch hose, Swiss shower, thalassotherapy) and others. It also can mean a whirlpool bath, hot Roman bath, hot tub, Jacuzzi, cold plunge and mineral bath. These treatments use physical water properties, such as temperature and pressure, for therapeutic purposes, to stimulate blood circulation and treat the symptoms of certain diseases.
 
Prenatal Massage


Pregnancy massage focuses on addressing the special needs of expecting women. Specially-designed massage tables, cushions, and side-lying postures are used to prevent putting pressure on the abdomen. Not recommended during the 2nd & 3rd trimester.  Prenatal massage is similar to massage during non-pregnancy in terms of the goals (relaxation, pain relief, increased circulation & mobility, etc.). However, due to the changes undergone during pregnancy, modifications are made. To accommodate swollen tender breasts and a growing belly, special pillows, positioning and techniques are utilized to ensure comfort for both the expecting mother and baby. With increasing weight, a changing center of gravity and the many other changes associated with pregnancy, prenatal massage can help provide relief and a sense of well being that is much deserved.

Reflexology

Reflexology is a technique that focuses on specific pressure points within your feet and hands to help correct energy flows throughout your body.


Hot Stone Massage


Smooth stones are heated and then lubricated with oil or essential oils, the therapeutic effects of heat are used to relax muscles more deeply. Used as an extension of the therapist’s hands, the use of massage stones induces deep relaxation and provides a unique experience many find to be tremendously calming and centering. A stone massage uses cold or water-heated stones to apply pressure and heat to the body. Stones coated in oil can also be used by the therapist delivering various massaging strokes. The hot stones used are commonly river stones which over time, have become extremely polished and smooth. As the stones are placed along the recipient's back, they help to retain heat which then deeply penetrates into the muscles, releasing tension.

 
Swedish Massage
 
Swedish massage uses five styles of long, flowing strokes to massage. The five basic strokes are effleurage (sliding or gliding), petrissage (kneading), tapotement (rhythmic tapping), friction (cross fiber) and vibration/shaking. Swedish massage has shown to be helpful in reducing pain, joint stiffness, and improving function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee over a period of eight weeks. It has also been shown to be helpful in individuals with poor circulation. The development of Swedish massage is credited to Per Henrik Ling, though the Dutch practitioner Johan Georg Mezger adopted the French names to denote the basic strokes. The term "Swedish" massage is not really known in the country of Sweden, where it is called "classic massage".


Medical Massage

Medical massage incorporates many techniques to address muscle and skeletal issues diagnosed by a doctor.

Benefits of Massage

 
To Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, massage was an important part of any health regime. In addition to its relaxing effects, scientific research shows that massage has therapeutic and rehabilitative value and can help a wide range of conditions. Massage helps to eliminate toxins, align bones, muscles and ligaments, and restore the full range of motion to joints.
 
Some forms of massage also aim at freeing energy blocks at deeper levels, stimulating emotional and even spiritual change. In addition, like other holistic techniques, massage promotes health by boosting the body's intrinsic healing abilities.
 
Massage is especially helpful for those who have bone or muscle injuries or are inactive and subject to stress. Stress can cause our vessels to constrict which reduces circulation. Massage, in turn, stimulates the nervous system and increases circulation encouraging the health of our muscles and organs.
 
In addition, massage greatly increases the flow of lymph, which removes bacteria from the tissues. Lymph primarily moves through our lymphatic vessels with the muscles surrounding the vessels and contract, creating a massage effect. When we are inactive, lymph can stagnate.

Massage...


  • enhances ones state of well being
  • enhances soft tissue healing
  • increases flexibility & range of motion
  • increases muscle tone
  • increases blood flow
  • increases dopamine & serotonin levels
  • increases and improves lymphatic fluid flow & drainage
  • induces relaxation
  • stimulates the immune system
  • reduces acid reflux
 
Similarly, therapeutic massage is extremely effective at reducing and often eliminating a number of uncomfortable and restrictive symptoms and conditions. 
 
Massage....

  • reduces constipation
  • improve and can eliminate TMJ
  • reduces cortisol levels
  • reduces depression
  • reduces emotional stress
  • reduces joint stiffness
  • reduces muscular tension
  • reduces pain
  • reduces scar tissue formation
  • reduces soft tissue knots and trigger points

Types of Massages


What is Thai Massage?
 
Thai massage uses ancient stretching and massage techniques to leave you feeling free, relaxed and more flexibility. Thai massage is believed to have been developed by Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, physician to Buddha, more than 2,500 years ago in India. It made its way to Thailand, where the Ayurvedic techniques and principles gradually became influenced by traditional Chinese medicine. For centuries, Thai massage was performed by monks as one component of Thai medicine.


 
What Does Thai Massage Feel Like?
 
Thai massage is more energizing and rigorous than more classic forms of massage.  Thai massage is also called Thai yoga massage, because the therapist uses his or her hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches. Many people say Thai massage is like doing yoga without any work.
 
Muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure are also used during treatment. People describe Thai massage as both relaxing and energizing.


 
What Should I Expect During My Visit?
 
Thai massage is usually done on a padded mat on the floor. No oil is applied, so you are fully dressed. You are usually asked to bring or wear comfortable clothing to the massage.
 
A typical Thai massage is 60 minutes to two hours long.



Many people find that Thai massage has the following benefits:
 
  • relaxes
  • reduces stress
  • improves circulation
  • increases energy
  • increases flexibility
  • improves range of motion
  • centers the mind and body
 
Precautions - Massage is not recommended for certain people:
 
  • infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds
  • immediately after surgery
  • immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor
  • prone to blood clots. There is a risk of blood clots being dislodged.
  • if you have heart disease, check with your doctor before having a massage
  • pregnant women should check with their doctor first if they are considering getting a massage. Massage in pregnant women should be done by​ massage therapists who are certified in pregnancy massage.
  • massage should not be done directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumors, abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures.


Additional tips
 
  • Don’t eat a heavy meal before the massage.
  • Arrive at least 10 minutes early so you can have a few minutes to rest and relax before starting the massage. 
  • Be sure that your massage therapist has your complete health history, because people with certain conditions should not have Thai massage.
  • If you feel discomfort at any time, let your massage therapist know.