Massage Therapy

At Excellent Physical Therapy we believe that the emotional and physical well being of our patients should be in harmony. That is why we also provide wellness programs that can benefit our patients' total health.. Massage Therapy can be a very helpful addition to a Physical Therapy treatment plan. The Massage Therapist can work on additional areas and problems that might be out of the scope of the physical therapy treatment plan but may be very beneficial to reaching the overall goals of the Physical Therapist and the patient. Massage Therapy does not require a medical referral and therefore can be accessed by anyone needing relaxation, stress relief or to reduce pain and muscle spasm.

Therapeutic Massage has developed into a variety of specialties to meet the needs of many clients. Some of the benefits it may provide for you include:

  • Increased flexibility and mobility
  • The break down of adhesions (knots) and scarring
  • Increased joint range of motion
  • Increased skin temperature and cellular metabolism
  • Improved overall blood and lymph circulation
  • Aid in digestion
  • Stretched muscles, muscle relaxation, and relief of spasms, cramps, and pain
  • Hastened healing of injuries and recovery from overexertion
  • Reduced stress and anxiety allowing deeper breathing and improved immunity
  • The release of natural pain killers (endorphins)

Massage modalities utilized by our Massage Therapist include:

Swedish Massage

What most people think of when they envision a "massage". Your massage therapist uses a variety of different strokes to provide a session that can provide various benefits from relaxation to stimulation of muscular, circulation, respiratory, integumentary (skin), immune , and lymphatic systems. Your massage will be custom-designed to meet your needs.

Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue work can include a number of techniques and is often part of a Sports Massage. It is most important to warm up muscle tissue before proceeding to get the best effect. Deep work can help to work out chronic or newly formed adhesions (aka, "knots"), provide relief from pain and improve range of motion. It is important for the client to give feedback to the massage therapist during this work so as not to overwork an area.

Neuromuscular Therapy and Trigger-Point Therapy

Along with various tissue manipulation techniques, this therapy is based on trigger-point therapy, which uses the neuromuscular system to balance and normalize muscle function and reduce the pain response. Trigger-Point therapy is based on releasing neuromuscular stress points and uses deep digital pressure usually sustained for 5 to 30 seconds. The pressure-point technique relieves pain and increases flexibility and range-of-motion.

Myofascial Release

The intent of MFR is to release fascia (aka "connective tissue"). Fascia is the material that surrounds all muscle fibers, muscles, and muscle groups. Fascia is prone to hardening and developing adhesions, which decreases flexibility and soft tissue mobility. MFR techniques work on "warming up" the fascia to allow it to relax, release and open up for deeper muscle work.

Sports Massage

This type of massage is a concept rather than a specific technique. The focus is on improving the athlete's performance within a specific time frame relative to an event, i.e. Pre-Event, Post-Event, and Training.

Pre-Event massage is usually short in duration – 10 to 15 minutes prior to an event. The muscles are stimulated and warmed up. No deep work is done.

Post-Event massage is most effective when performed after rehydration and within the first two hours after an event. The focus is to relax and relieve stress for the purpose of promoting the healing process, removing metabolic waste, and increasing circulation. Care is taken not to over work muscles with deep work.

Training massage is probably the most important aspect of sports massage. The focus is to reduce the chance of injury by increasing the range of motion and flexibility in the areas most prone to performance problems and injuries. This work can allow the athlete to perform with more intensity and frequency. Deeper techniques and regular hour or hour and a half sessions are appropriate. Only if the athlete is accustomed to receiving bodywork would Training massage be appropriate 24 hours prior to or after sporting events.

Craniosacral Therapy

This therapy is based on osteopathic techniques that balance the flow of fluid within the craniosacral cavity (head to base of the spine). The goal is to find any restrictions or blockages and restore a balanced, rhythmic flow. Connective tissue (aka "Fascia") is also involved in this work. The client may remain clothed and the hands-on technique is very gentle. Craniosacral work is particularly helpful for conditions such as TMJ, chronic pain, headaches, vertigo, depression, anxiety, low back and neck pain.

Lymphatic Drainage

Primarily, this technique is used to facilitate lymph movement when there has been damage to the lymph channels as a result of injury, surgery, or congenital issues. The modality uses techniques that are extremely gentle to assist the pumping and opening of lymph capillaries to promote an increased release of toxins and reduce bruising or edema (swelling). The technique is light, rhythmic, and slow. Unlike most other massage modalities, it can often be used during the acute stage of an injury to reduce inflammation caused by trauma and accelerate the healing process.

Hot Stone Massage

A particular winter-time favorite of clients, hot stones are used to massage the client or are placed on certain parts of the body while other areas are being massaged. The heat penetrates into the muscles to help relax them. Cool stones are sometimes incorporated into the massage, especially on the face. Be prepared to fall asleep!

Acupressure

Derived from Chinese medicine and Acupuncture (performed with needles), Acupressure uses digital pressure to accomplish similar effects. Energy flowing through a series of Meridians can be stimulated or sedated by digital pressure, thus unblocking and stagnation in the meridians.

Reflexology

Performed on hands and/or feet, this work is extremely soothing and can affect areas of the body that the therapist may not have worked on (such as abdominal / digestive tract, diaphragm, etc.). Based on the mapping out the entire body into "zones" on the feet, the stimulation of each mapped area has a reflex response on the related body part. Stimulating the reflex points can help normalize body systems. Some clients refer to it as "the most relaxing massage ever" and report improved digestive systems, breathing, and sleep patterns.

Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key)

Reiki is a light hands-on or hands-off energy technique that assists in the opening and moving of energy within the charkas. In some cases, the client will only feel a strong heat coming from the therapist's hands. It is recreation of an ancient Tibetan Buddhist concept that was developed by Dr. Mikao Usui of Japan. Many practitioners, including nurses in hospitals, are trained to incorporate this work. It can be extremely beneficial if a client cannot receive direct pressure in an area of their body (such as broken bones, acute injuries, wounds, edema, etc.).

Pregnancy Massage

Massage for the mother-to-be can be one of the most relaxing treatments she can receive prior to giving birth. Techniques and side-lying positioning are geared to her total comfort. Please confer with the massage therapist if you are in your first trimester before making an appointment. In some cases, approval from your doctor may be necessary. Massage can be performed right up until delivery day.

Massage for Seniors

Many changes in our bodies come with age: muscle tissue decreases and is replaced by connective tissue, bones become more brittle, skin becomes thinner and circulatory and nervous systems become more sluggish. Massage can be a wonderful way to feel better as long as precautions are taken: lighter techniques, shorter periods of massage, and attention to the skin, for example. Massage can help improve circulation, range of motion, digestion and sleep patterns.

Meet Our Massage Therapist:

Lynda Jenicek, NCTMB

Nationally Certified Massage Therapist Neuromuscular Therapy, Hot Stones Therapy Maya Abdominal Massage 9 year experience

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