Therapeutic massage includes the use of hands or elbows with the intent to solve a physical problem, like neck pain. On the other hand, non-therapeutic or relaxation massage is generally utilized to promote comfort and is more passive.
Many conditions can be treated using therapeutic massage with low back pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain being the three most common. It is also used to treat knee pain, jaw pain, headaches, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), and more.
Therapeutic massage has been shown to relieve pain in the lower back, improve the flexibility of joints and also initiate the releasing of endorphins. It can be utilized in the treating of stress, anxiety, poor posture, arthritis, sports injuries, work-related injuries, and running or walking-related pain.
Find relief from your chronic pain with our Pain Relief & Recovery Treatment using a blend of modalities. We work to help you achieve your full range of motion without the painful side effects. Whether your pain is from a sports injury, work-related injury or from daily-life activities, our massage therapists can help you recover more quickly and safely.
For patients who suffer from Fibromyalgia, we offer services in person or through telehealth. Our fibromyalgia plans include evaluations, goal setting and other chronic pain diagnoses. You can choose from a full twelve-week program, or select therapy sessions a la carte
After the trauma from a car accident, your muscles go into a protected mode. This can involve clamping and tightening down of the area affected which can cause sharp pains or a series of consistent dull pains. The goal of our therapeutic massage for pain relief is to help release trigger points that allow for faster healing. Our massage therapists work to restore your flexibility and provide relief from headaches and pain.
Pain Massage for auto accidents comprise of different kinds of injuries that include:
- Massage for neck pain
- Massage for spinal cord injuries
- Massage for knee injuries
- Massage for concussion
- Massage to help manage anxiety from the trauma
Types of Massages Best for Pain Relief
Knowing the main goals you want to achieve from your pain relief massage can assist you in selecting the optimal modality for you. Below are some of the modalities we provide:
- Lymphatic Massage. This technique is designed to assist in draining toxins from your lymphatic system giving you a boost in mood, energy, and blood circulation.
- Himalayan Hot Stone. Pain massage utilizing Himalayan Hot Stones can have a positive effect on the body and mind.
- Energy Work. This technique is a focus on the chakras and joints in helping you feel peace, find grounding, better movement and increased mobility.
- Lava Hot Stone. This ancient technique is about kneading pressure into your muscles using hot stones which loosen your muscles and help improve blood circulation.
- Deep Tissue. This system works on the sublayer of musculature in your body and is a great benefit for people who suffer from inflammation.
- Gua Sha. Specialized tools are used with this technique and it assists in removing waste from the body and promoting better blood circulation.
- Cupping Massage / Myofascial Release. Utilizing cups, this traditional technique involves applying negative pressure on the skin.
- Ashiatsu. Your physical therapist utilizes an overhead bar in this technique to apply pressure over your muscles using his or her bare feet.
Benefits of Therapeutic Massage for Pain Relief
Therapeutic massage stimulates the flow of fluid into your lymphatic system because it manipulates the soft tissues of the body. This improves your body’s natural immunity. Pain massage therapy is a proven effective treatment for reducing pain and relieving stress and muscle tension. It is a highly recommended option for pain management.
Due to it being such a well-researched field, studies have found that therapeutic massage can relieve pain utilizing many strategies that include:
- Relieving anxiety and stress that add to muscle tension
- Stimulating the nerve fibers that close the pain gate
- Relaxing painful joints, tendons and muscles
- Impeding the pain messages from and to the brain
Additionally, people who receive massage for pain soon after surgery may lesson their post-surgery adhesions or swelling and recover sooner.
For people who do not have a specific problem, scheduling a visit for therapeutic massages is appropriate about once a month. For individuals that have conditions like back pain, neck pain or other chronic pain, it would be more appropriate to work with a massage therapist several times within a two to four-week period.