What Is Therapeutic Massage?
The use of massage has been documented for over 3,000 years as a way to assist the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Throughout this time hundreds of forms or styles of massage have been developed, but all have been developed with the intent to improve the body’s already amazing ability to heal itself.
Who Can Benefit From Massage?
People already under chiropractic care can benefit from the addition of massage to their routine. In today’s high stress environment we often put ourselves under even more stress by poor eating habits, lack of sleep, even by sitting at a desk all day. How many times have you gotten up from long hours at a computer to find yourself stiff, sore, and tired. For those who are active and athletic, muscles can be overworked and injured. Like chiropractic adjustments, massage works with your body to help it heal itself. Whether the stress is physical, emotional or a combination of both, the soothing, calming effects of massage can help. Some of the conditions people get massage for include:
• Carpel Tunnel
• Tight or sore muscles
• Chronic pain
• Tension and stress
How Does Massage Work?
Massage is a process of using the hands to manipulate the soft tissue of the body. The goal is to improve circulation and blood flow, stretch tight areas, and more. Techniques used include kneading, tapping, stroking, compression, friction, and pressure to the muscle or soft tissue areas of the body. Your massage therapist may also use lotion or oil to reduce friction.
How Will Massage Work for Me?
In order to achieve maximum benefit, Dr. Sarah works closely with the massage therapists at Okemos Chiropractic. Used in tandem with chiropractic adjustments as well as nutritional therapy (NRT) massage will help aid your own body’s healing process. In time muscle work can help your adjustments to hold better and aid in alleviating or reducing pain. When pain is reduced or eliminated quality of life improves at the physical as well as the emotional level.
Because of it’s stress reducing benefits and because it may increase circulation and help to stretch out tight muscles, some benefits may be felt after the very first visit. In the cases of acute injury or chronic pain multiple visits may bring even more improvement over time.
How Long Before I see Results?
Because massage is a process of using the hands to manipulate soft tissue the results can be immediate. The first thing many people notice is a reduction in pain as well as a sense of relaxation. The results can also last for some time after the massage because it helps to improve circulation, stretch muscles, and more. Over time this helps the body to heal itself and people begin to notice improved movement and other benefits.
How Can I get Started?
It’s easy! Call Okemos Chiropractic Health Clinic at 517.347.2222 today. We have two massage therapists on duty and we offer 30 minute to two hour massages. Both massage therapists work with Dr. Sarah to provide a therapeutic massage program that will best fit your needs.
We also offer gift certificates for massage! It’s a great way to give someone a healthy gift that will leave them relaxed, refreshed, and feeling great.