Chiropractic massage is an excellent method for improving overall health and musculoskeletal efficiency. Massage has a number of beneficial effects on the body and the mind. Some of these include removal of toxins that can build up in the muscles of the body, increased circulation, and increased flexibility in not only the muscles, but also the connective tissue within the body.
Massage also can help with muscle spasms as well as soft tissue injuries. Increasing the movement and reducing the overall recovery time by helping the body in the healing process. In addition, consistent massage has been known to increase balance.
Chiropractic Massage has proven to assist in the healing of a large number of conditions including back pain, surgery recovery, eating and sleep disorders as well as high blood pressure and diabetes among others.
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A Swedish massage is a great overall massage that involves firm but gentle strokes. You are placed on a flat elevated massage table with a cutout for your face. The massage therapist will begin with long, firm brush-like strokes along your back and eventually over your shoulders, armss, then down to the lower back and legs. Massage therapists often use the flat palm or heel of their hand or fingertips to deliver pressure to tight areas to help loosen and lengthen muscles. Swedish massage is designed to enhance circulation and blood flow to larger muscle groups and can provide overall relaxation. The strokes of the massage relax individual muscles, while the overall experience eliminates mental stress and tension. Swedish massage is also used as an integral part of pain management protocols for sport injuries and chronic pain. Therapists can target specific areas of pain such as a stiffened shoulder or used to manage chronic pain conditions such as arthritis.
Aromatherapy is the use of essential oils to promote healing and a feeling of well-being and relaxtion in the body. The essential oils are extracted from the parts of herbs and plants and contain all the properties of the plants themselves. In choosing the oils for an aromatherapy massage, the therapist generally creates a synergistic blend of oils which are then added to a carrier oil/lotion. Once the oils are blended together the massage can begin that should be gentle, but firm. The oil is applied in long sweeping strokes which warm the skin and muscles and prepare the body for deeper pressure. During an aromatherapy massage, the skin is warmed and the blood drawn to the surface, increasing circulation and encouraging the elimaination of toxins from the body, which has the consequence of speeding up recovery time from illness or injury. The manipulation of the muscles continues the process, and at the same time releasing tense knotted muscles by dispersing the build up of lactic acid which often occurs after exercise.
Hot Stone Massage
Hot stone massage is a natural therapy in which warmed stones are positioned on parts of the client's body to maximize the therapeutic benefit. The stones used are typically river rocks or other very smooth-surfaced stones. The heat from the stones helps your muscles to relax, allowing the massage therapist to manipulate your deep tissues more effectively. Overly tense muscles can hinder the massage procedure, so if your muscles are extremely tight or stiff, the heated stones may provide the extra relaxation you need for the massage to be beneficial in releasing tension and easing sore muscles. As the heat from the stones penetrates into your deeper body tissues, your blood vessels open, resulting in improved circulation. Poor circulation can lead to fatigue, which tenses the muscles, and a buildup of fluid and lactic acid in the muscles. Increased circulation delivers more oxygen to the muscles, which can help ease aches and pains.
Prenatal massage shares many of the goals of regular massage-to relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, improve circulation and mobility, and just make you feel good. But it's also tailored specifically to the needs of pregnant women and their changing bodies, and therapist who are trained in prenatal massage adjust their techniques accordingly. Our clinic utilizes a special pillow that has a hollowed area allowing the pregnant belly to lie comfortably face down. Another option is for the pregnant mother to lie on her side during her session.