The Benefits of Massage Therapy.

Self-care is an integral part of maintaining one’s wellbeing. Regular massage sessions help relieve the body of aches, pains, muscle tension and stress. Our clinic’s massage therapist, Stephanie Moss, LMT offers a list of different massage techniques and an explanation of their modalities and benefits:

Sports Massage

Ideal for: 

  • Triathletes
  • Marathon runners
  • Physical rehabilitation program
  • Sports enthusiasts
  • Athletes
  • Cyclists
  • Swimmers
  • Pre and post event treatment

Deep Tissue Sports Massage consists of treatment approached muscular therapy with focus on sports injury and muscular management.  Repetitive strain through muscular activity often results in pain syndrome caused from muscle tension, imbalance, weakness and structural misalignment. This treatment consists of deep tissue manipulation performed to soft tissue, combining a variety of techniques: deep tissue, myofascial release, muscle energy technique and assisted release. Stephanie will perform a muscular analysis, including stretching techniques, and test range of motion. Stephanie will discuss your treatment plan, injury prevention, and recommend or modify your stretching program.    

Clinical Massage (Medissage) 

Ideal for:

  • Back injury
  • Neck Injury
  • Structural imbalance
  • Stress/pain dysfunction
  • Plantar Faciaitis
  • IT band syndrome
  • Chronic Pain/Fatigue Syndrome
  • Sciatica
  • Herniation/disc dysfunction
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Shoulder injury
  • Myofascial restriction
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Migraines

Incorporating clinical massage is a comprehensive approach of addressing your physical dysfunction(s). Clinical/Medical Massage often works in conjunction with your medical doctor, chiropractor, and/or physical therapist. This treatment consists of deep tissue muscular therapy, combined with myofascial release to address adhesion and scar tissue associated with structural injury, pain syndrome, and soft tissue dysfunction. Treatment includes structural analysis, stretching and range of motion. Your treatment plan will be discussed with you to increase your awareness of physical habitual holding patterns, your ergonomic environment, physical limitations and decreased range of motion. Additionally, you will be provided with a stretching education program based on relevant limitations. After a clinical massage session, you will feel relaxed, energized, and on your way to functioning pain free.  

Relaxation Massage/Swedish

Swedish massage has profound therapeutic effects and is commonly known as a relaxation massage. The primary characteristics of this treatment session are light pressure and gliding strokes. Treatment focus is to increase circulation, improve well-being, and overall relaxation.

Prenatal/Postnatal Massage

Pre-Natal Massage is performed with the client on her side, supported through the length of her body with firm bolsters and pillows. Pre-Natal massage is designed to aid with sleep, digestion, physical pains, and the proprioceptive issues that accompany each specific trimester. The work can range from light to medium pressure, with a focus on diminishing swelling, sciatic pain, and low back pain. As you get closer to the big day, Stephanie will work to assist the natural stretching of tissues and to prepare your muscles for delivery.

Post-Natal Massage 

Post-Natal massage is designed to help the body’s recovery process and relieve the new mother of sleep deprivation and the neck-and-shoulder aches associated with nursing and carrying a newborn. This work can range from light to deep pressure, with a focus on strengthening muscle tissue, assisting circulation, and regaining normal posture and weight-bearing within the body’s framework. Stephanie will address any concerns you have about re-starting your normal exercise routine and help you achieve your recovery goals.

Medical Massage

The primary difference between clinical and medical massage therapy is prescription for massage therapy services by your medical doctor. Medical Massage therapy is a treatment of specialized manual therapy to a focal site of soft tissue injury by physician diagnosis. Treatment program and treatment frequency is determined by your medical 
team.

Additional Benefits

  • Facilitates quicker healing from injury
  • Decreases pain response
  • Relieves stress and anxiety
  • Relieves repetitive injuries resulting from a work-related stresses
  • Increases nutrient rich blood supply to tissue
  • Intensifies oxygenation of the tissues
  • Relieves muscular pain and discomfort 
  • Eases uncomfortable stresses of child bearing (edema, backaches and exhaustion)
  • Accelerates the elimination of waste and toxic debris stored in the muscles
  • Stimulates the relaxation response of the nervous system
  • Helps to strengthen the immune system
  • Improves posture
  • Increases joint flexibility and range of motion
  • Lowers blood pressure

To schedule a massage appointment with Stephanie, please contact our office: (480) 455 – 3000. 

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