Orthopedic massage is a type of massage therapy which is focused on treating painful conditions which affect the soft tissues of the body. The massage therapist may integrate a range of techniques to treat these conditions, ideally adapting his or her style for each client, as every person’s body is slightly different.
A therapist who performs orthopedic massage focuses on problems with the client’s musculoskeletal system. He or she may release tight muscles, help to stretch shortened muscles and tendons, and decompress joints. The goal is to normalize the soft tissues of the body, both to treat specific conditions and to keep clients generally healthy and fit.
Massage therapy during pregnancy is a wonderful complementary choice to prenatal care. Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as backaches, stiff neck, leg cramps, headaches and edema (or swelling). In addition, massage for pregnant women reduces stress on weight-bearing joints, encourages blood and lymph circulation, helps to relax nervous tension - which aids in better sleep - and can help relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes. At Massage Works, we have a body cushion system for women to comfortably still lay on their stomach or we have plenty of cushions for side-lying position also, whichever the mother to be prefers.
Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is a type of gentle massage which is intended to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart. The lymph system depends on intrinsic contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of lymph vessels (peristalsis) and the movement of skeletal muscles to propel lymph through the vessels to lymph nodes and then beyond the lymph nodes to the lymph ducts which return lymph to the cardiovascular system. Manual lymph drainage uses a specific amount of pressure (less than 9 ounces per square inch) and rhythmic circular movements to stimulate lymph flow.
Trigger point massage therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. The results and benefits of trigger point massage are releasing constricted areas in the muscles thus alleviating pain. A trigger point is an area of taut and sensitive muscle fibers or fascia that refers a distinct pain pattern to another area of the body. The restricted fibers can cause many symptoms such as joint pain, restricted range of motion, muscle pain, headaches, digestive issues and more. The significance of trigger points is that the pain is not always where the problem lays. For instance, trigger points in the side of the neck cause pain in the shoulder and down the arm. This pain referral pattern can be true for many conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, bursitis, sciatica, back pain, knee issues and more. Migraines and fibromyalgia also respond very well trigger point therapy.
All of our therapist are experienced in Deep Tissue massage therapy. It is the manipulation of the deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue using various techniques with a deeper pressure than swedish massage. Deep tissue will aid in the healing process, promote muscle rehabilition, and assist in chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deeper layers of muscle tissue, tendons, and fascia. Talk with your therapist about pressure, deep pressure is all in the perspective of the recipient.
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