For a long time, massage has been used for relaxation purposes. But, what you didn’t know, massage therapy can also be used as a treatment for various joint and muscle problems. At Keough Chiropractic, we offer massage therapy to help with the healing process.
If done by a certified and qualified therapist, massage can improve flexibility and range of motion as well as relax you. Before you come for a session, here are some facts about massage therapy you should know about.
Contrary to what most people assume, there is no one type of massage. We offer different types to cater to different parts of the body.
Deep tissue massage therapy helps to relieve chronic muscle and joint problems such as injury, soreness, and imbalance. Our massage therapists use slow strokes to relieve tension from your muscles, and each session lasts between 60 and 90 minutes. Although it is effective, deep tissue is not ideal for people who are sensitive to pressure.
Swedish massage therapy is the common form of service we give and is ideal for beginners and people who are sensitive to touch. It is a gentle full-body massage that can help release muscle tension. The massage therapist will use a combination of techniques from kneading to deep circular motion to relax and relieve tension.
Though it is similar to the Swedish massage, hot stone massage therapy uses hot stones in combination with or instead of the massage techniques. Hot stone massage improves blood flow, eases muscle tension, relieve stress and promote relaxation, and each session lasts for 90 minutes.
Reflexology is offered to people who are seeking to relax and restore their natural energy levels. The massage therapist will apply pressure on stress points such as feet and hands. Reflexology is a good option if you are uncomfortable with body touch.
The massage therapy is perfect if you have chronic pain and repeated injuries. The therapist will use different techniques such as flowing strokes to relieve trigger points.
Aromatherapy combines gentle pressure and essential oils to release tension, and it is great for people in need of emotional healing.
Thai massage uses a sequence of movements to improve flexibility, circulation and energy levels.
Body massage isn’t supposed to be painful, but it can be if done by an unqualified therapist. It is important to look for a qualified and licensed chiropractor near you for a proper full body massage.
Keep in mind though, massage you might have mild soreness the following day especially if it is your first time or you have stayed for long without getting a massage. But, the soreness doesn’t last for long.
There are numerous benefits of massage therapy, but they can only be enjoyed if you get multiple sessions. The frequency of the massage sessions will depend on the condition of your muscles and joints. Our massage therapist will help you decide on how often you should get massage therapy.
Most people assume massage can be harmful to pregnant women, but it’s not. Massage therapy performed during pregnancy can help reduce stress, anxiety, and relieve muscle aches and tension. We recommend Swedish massage during pregnancy as it is gentle and uses mild pressure. However, you should get the service from a therapist with experience in prenatal massage. Also, remember you can only have a massage starting from your second or third trimester.
Massage therapy will make you feel better physically, emotionally, and mentally but only if done by a certified massage therapist. When you are ready to relieve muscle tension, contact our office for an appointment. We offer massage therapy including foot reflexology and other services such as acupuncture, and functional medicine.