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Massage therapy involves different types of massages with a range of pressures and techniques that manipulate muscles and soft tissue in the body to relieve stress, tension, and a variety of symptoms, which aids in healing injuries and supports wellness. The licensed massage therapists at Active Life Medical Wellness can help you to deal with your pain and improve your health through a variety of massages.
Types of Massage Techniques
If you are looking for relaxation, a Swedish massage is what you need. Using light pressure this classic massage manipulates the muscles and joints to relieve stress and pain, energize the body, and improve overall health and wellness. Using a variety of techniques, like percussion, kneading, vibration, tapping, and rolling, Swedish massage relaxes tight muscles and promotes blood circulation.
Swedish Massage Helps:
- Muscle Tension
- Low Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Blood Pressure
- Sleep Disorders
- Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
- Cancer Symptoms (pain, relief, anxiety)
Deep Tissue Massage
If you are suffering tight muscles from repetitive movements, incorrect posture, extended sitting or driving, etc., then deep tissue massage can help you. Deep tissue massage involves applying sustained pressure with deep, slow strokes that target your inner muscle layers and connective soft tissues. This massage technique is ideal for treating musculoskeletal issues, such as sports injuries or strains. It is effective in breaking up scar tissue following injuries, releasing muscle tension, increasing blood flow, promoting faster healing, and reducing inflammation. Studies show deep tissue massage can reduce chronic low back pain as effectively as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen.
Deep Tissue Massage Helps:
- Sports Injuries
- High Blood Pressure
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Tennis Elbow
Trigger Point Massage
Trigger points are those knots and tight spots you get in your neck and back. A myofascial trigger point is a cramp in the muscle tissue which reduces blood flow to the muscle causing pain in that area and even radiating pain to other areas. The licensed massage therapists at Active Life Medical Wellness can release these trigger points, allowing the muscles to relax and function properly. Using palpation, the trigger point source of pain is identified, and then direct pressure encourages the cramp to release and blood flow to resume. Stretching, kneading, and other techniques also help the muscle to relax and recover.
Myofascial Release Therapy
Myofascial release can be used with other therapeutic massage techniques. It focuses on pain from the myofascial tissues that connect and support your muscles. While myofascial pain originates in trigger points, it is not always easy to identify the exact points, because the pain and stiffness radiates. The certified massage therapists at Active Life Medical Wellness are experts at locating the stiff myofascial tissue that is restricting joint movements and creating widespread muscle pain. Using focused manual pressure and stretching, they loosen tight muscles and tissue which reduces pain, increases blood flow, and improves flexibility and movement. This deep stretching and massage technique is great for reducing tightness in the neck, shoulders, and back.
Pregnancy causes a lot of discomfort and pain in the back, stomach, groin, thighs, feet, shoulders, and hips. A pregnancy massage can be helpful and safe if performed by a licensed massage therapist experienced with prenatal massage, like those at Active Life Medical Wellness. Prenatal massage can relax the muscles, relieve pinched nerves, reduce inflammation, improve sleep, and reduce anxiety and depression. Studies have shown that prenatal massage results in reduced depression and anxiety in the prenatal period and reduced rates of post-partum depression, as well as reducing complications during labor and delivery. By keeping the muscles and tissues relaxed, studies show labor pain and length is reduced and there is less chance of tearing. Massage releases endorphins which provides feelings of well-being and pain relief, helping you to relax, improving your sleep, and enhancing your bond with your child.
Massage Therapy Health Benefits
Regular Massage Therapy keeps your body functioning properly ensuring optimal health and wellness. Massage Therapy on a regular basis offers the following benefits:
Pre-Event Sports Massage Benefits
- Warm up and loosen muscles
- Stretch muscles to increase flexibility
- Stimulate flow of blood and nutrients to muscles
- Reduce muscle tension
- Psychological readiness
Maintenance Sports Massage Benefits
- Increase flow of blood and nutrients to muscles
- Keep tissues loose for smooth muscle movement
- Reduce development of scar tissue
- Increase flexibility and range of motion
- Reduce swelling from microtraumas
- Loosen stiff muscles
- Maintain flexibility
- Promote blood flow to muscle for removing lactic acid and waste build-up
- Reduce cramping
- Speed recovery time
- Alleviate muscle pulls, strains, and soreness
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