MASSAGE AT SOUTH SHORES CHIROPRACTIC CENTER
Massage Supports Chiropractics
Massage therapy mainly focuses on the muscle of the body. Through the repetitive natures of our occupation and lifestyle, our muscles can become imbalanced, shortened, or tightened. This can cause muscles on the opposing side of the body to become strained which can lead to pain, weakened circulation, and a multitude of other issues.
When coupled with chiropractic care, massage therapy can help address contributing sources of stress and pain. Typically, recovery is faster and more complete when you address multiple components of your pain. Chiropractic treatment often proceeds more easily, with less discomfort and better effect when soft tissue tension has been relaxed with massage.
You can always come in to receive a massage anytime but keep in mind you may need to see the chiropractor beforehand if your benefits are through a chiropractic provider. If this is the case, the doctor of chiropractic will need to perform a focused exam for precautionary reasons.
Types of Massage
Swedish massage is a gentle type of full-body massage that’s ideal for people who are new to massage, have a lot of tension or are sensitive to touch. This technique may help release muscular knots from tension and is good for pure relaxation. Your massage therapist will use a combination of kneading and flowing strokes, deep circular motions, as well as tapping and stretching.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is similar to Swedish massage but with more pressure. It’s usually recommended for decreasing chronic muscle tension, soreness, old injuries, or for those that are physically active. Deep tissue massage is also helpful for stress and anxiety. Your massage therapist will use slow, deep strokes and pressure to relieve tension from the deepest layers of your muscles and connective tissues. While deep tissue massage may be more intense, you shouldn’t feel any pain.
People tend to assume that therapeutic massage means a “deep tissue massage”, however, therapeutic massage is a general term that describes any type of massage technique that helps relieve pains and stress, with focus on a specific problem area. Many therapists will use a combination of techniques depending on what your body needs to help restore proper function.
Sports massage is a good option for those who have a repetitive-use injury to a muscle or to increase flexibility and performance. It’s also a good option for those prone to injuries as it can be helpful in preventing strain and injury.
Trigger Point Massage
Trigger point massage is typically used for people who have chronic injuries or a specific issue or condition. Areas of tightness in the muscle tissues known as trigger points can cause pain in other parts of the body (referred pain). By focusing on unconstricting these trigger points, this form of massage may reduce pain and discomfort in the body. Trigger point massage mainly uses broad, flowing strokes that are gentle and relaxing combined with deeper, isolated pressure and release techniques on pressure points.
Reflexology is a massage technique that uses pressure to specific points on the feet, hands, or ears (reflex points). These points correspond to different body organs and systems. A specific spot in the arch of the foot corresponds to the stomach. Applying pressure to this area of the foot may address stress in that organ and promote relaxation. Although reflexology is not used to diagnose or cure diseases, it is used as an alternative method when addressing some conditions such as anxiety, headaches, diabetes, kidney function, menstrual pain, and sinusitis.
Aromatherapy massage combines light pressure with the use of aromatic essential oils. This style of treatment is beneficial for those who want to have an emotional healing component to their massage. Aromatherapy massage may improve your mood, reduce anxiety, depression, stress, as well as lessen pain and muscle tension.
After the first trimester, prenatal massage can be a safe way for expectant mothers to help reduce the aches of pregnancy, reduce stress and ease muscle tension. Prenatal massage uses mild pressure similar to Swedish massage. Therapists focus on areas such as the lower back, hips, and legs while laying on one’s side. If you are experiencing pain in your calves or other parts of your leg, consult a doctor before booking your massage.
The word Reiki comes from the Japanese word Rei which means “Universal Life” and Ki which means “Energy”— the life-energy that flows through all living things. Reiki is not a massage but is a subtle and effective form of energy work using spiritually guided energy. Originally from Japan, this healing art is not affiliated with any particular religion or religious practice. When the energy of the body becomes weak or blocked, physical or emotional symptoms of imbalance may arise. Reiki practitioners understand that everyone has the ability to connect with their own healing energy and use it to strengthen energy in themselves.