What Is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is recognized as one of the oldest methods of healing, known as the "father of medicine. "The physician must be acquainted with many things, and assuredly with rubbing."
Now days, in addition to "rubbing," massage therapy, often referred to as bodywork or somatic therapy, refers to the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the body that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, vibration, rocking, friction, kneading and compression using primarily the hands, although massage therapists do use other areas of the body, such as the forearms, elbows or feet. All of the techniques are used for the benefit of the musculoskeletal, circulatory-lymphatic, nervous, and other systems of the body. In fact, massage therapy positively influences the overall health and well-being of the client:
Physical and Mental Benefits:
§ relaxes the whole body
§ loosens tight muscles
§ relieves tired and aching muscles
§ increases flexibility and range of motion
§ diminishes chronic pain
§ calms the nervous system
§ lowers blood pressure
§ lowers heart rate
§ enhances skin tone
§ assists in recovery from injuries and illness
§ strengthens the immune system
§ reduces tension headaches
§ reduces mental stress
§ improves concentration
§ promotes restful sleep
§ aids in mental relaxation
Deep-tissue massage utilizes slow strokes, direct pressure or friction applied across the grain of the muscles with the fingers, thumbs or elbows. Deep-tissue massage works deeply into the muscles and connective tissue to release chronic aches and pains; its purpose is to reach the fascia beneath the surface muscles.
Practitioners must have a thorough understanding of the human body and have been trained to administer deep-tissue massage, as injury can occur if the technique is not performed properly. This technique is useful in treating chronic pain, inflammation and injury.
Soft-tissue massage is a generic term for any modality that is used to treat the soft tissues in the body, including muscle, fascia, and scar tissue. Common modalities used include Swedish, myofascial release, deep-tissue massage, trigger-point therapy, connective tissue massage.
Orthopedic massage combines several massage and medical massage techniques to treat pain and soft-tissue injury. It focuses heavily on injury assessment and rehabilitation, emphasizing the importance of selecting the appropriate modality to treat the injury. Orthopedic massage is often used in conjuction with sports massage protocols.
Prenatal, or pregnancy, massage uses gentle techniques to help alleviate some of the ailments associated with pregancy, including lower back, neck and shoulder pain; fatigue; joint tenderness; and stretch marks. Prenatal massage can help improve circulation, promote stress reduction and relaxation, and much more. Practitioners should be well-trained in prenatal massage in order to deliver safe and effective care, and patients should check with their doctors prior to receiving treatment. (Authorization of Primary Care Dr.)
Infant massage has proved beneficial for both infants and their families on a number of levels. It is used regularly in hospital neonatal units and has been linked with helping premature infants gain weight. Infant massage has been shown to help relieve colic, induce sleep, promote relaxation, improve sensory integration, and enhance neurological development, among other things; moreover, the practice of massage helps build the bond between babies and their parents.
Chair massage, also known as seated massage, is fast becoming one of the most popular ways in which to practice. Generally, chair massage is administered onsite at various locations, including health fairs, airports, shopping malls and in corporate settings. Clients remain fully clothed and treatments generally last from 15-30 minutes. Chair massage is usually limited to the back, neck and arms.
Myofascial Release (MFR)
Myofascial release deals with the fascia, or connective tissue, of the body. The fascia is interconnected to every other part of the body, and actually helps to support the body's very structure, including the musculoskeletal system. When injury, inflammation, or physical or emotional trauma occurs, the fascia can become tight and cause pain and/or restricted range of motion. Myfascial release -- as its name suggests -- aims to release the fascia and return it to a state of normalcy by applying gentle pressure to the restricted areas. MFR can help with a number of conditions, including chronic pain, headaches, and stress-related illnesses. See also Soft-tissue massage, connective tissue massage.
Trigger points are areas of soft tissue in the body characterized by local pain, tightness, and tenderness. Often trigger points develop because of referred pain, or pain from another source that has manifested itself in a trigger point. Trigger points rarely refer pain to other areas.
Trigger-point therapy seeks first to identify trigger points, then apply steady, appropriate pressure to the point to "release" it. This is usually followed by massage to the surrounding area to help treat the cause of the trigger point. Clients are encouraged to drink a lot of water following a trigger-point therapy session to flush out any toxins released when the trigger point is released.
Just to list a few.. see Reflexology which is another form of massage
What is Pain Management?
Pain—everyone knows it. For most people, pain comes and then goes. But for chronic pain sufferers, it stays. Chronic pain affects mood, sleep, work, relationships, daily activities and overall quality of life. It robs its sufferer’s of their lives.
Samuel Chiropractic, P. A. helps acute and chronic pain sufferers’ gain control of their pain and their lives. We will effectively addresses the complexity of your pain. Through an individualized treatment plan, our staff will work with you to decrease pain's frequency, intensity and duration—so you can live your life as comfortably as possible.
Pain Management Procedures
Helps reduce inflammation, block pain and ease nerves for pain sufferers. These treatments often allow patients to live and exercise with less pain, hastening recovery and reducing chronic pain.
PAIN MGMT and TRIGGER POINT THERAPY
Trigger points are areas of your body where muscle fibers come together. Due to stress, posture or trauma, these trigger points can become very tender and cause pain. Trigger point therapy actually help stimulate the muscles, allowing them to relax and release painful tension.
Who benefits from Pain Management?
Samuel Chiropractic, P.A. offers hope to people with almost any painful condition, including:
Acute and chronic back pain
Arthritis, such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
Chronic facial pain, including TMJ and trigeminal neuralgia
Complex regional pain syndrome, or RSD
Degenerative diseases, including degenerative disc disease
Headaches, including migraine and other chronic head pain syndromes
Pain after back surgery
Within 1-3 visits most of our patients experience the following:
Decrease in pain
Increase in home activity
Increase in active physical activity
Improvement in self-care activity
Improvement in sleep disturbed due to pain
What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Question: What is Spinal Decompression Therapy?
Spinal Decompression Therapy is a non-surgical, non-chiropractic therapy to relieve back pain and other problems associated with spinal disc injuries.
Answer: Bulging discs, herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, pinched nerves, sciatica, and arm pain or leg pain can often be attributed to your spine asserting pressure on your discs. Poor posture, bad body mechanics, repetitive stress and acute injury can cause your vertebrae to compress your discs or to slip out of alignment which then applies pressure to your discs.
Compressed discs lead to two major problems: a bulge or herniation pressing on a nerve; and brittleness of the disc. The problem is often perpetuated because the compressed disc restricts the flow of nutrients to itself which is needed to heal.
Traditional corrective treatments include surgery or chiropractic adjustment. Spinal Decompression Therapy is an alternative FDA approved treatment option that has shown very good results.
Spinal Decompression Treatment is non-invasive and provides gentle decompression of the disc through the use of a decompression table. You are strapped to the table so that as it moves it applies a distraction force to the targeted area of the spine (the compressed disc). A computer controls the distraction force which is applied in between periods of relaxation. This gently pulls the spine apart elongating it and creating a small vacuum between the vertebrae which pulls the disc back into shape.
Much like a repetitive stress injury the decompression works in very minute increments. But over time that adds up and lets the disc reshape itself, heal and get the proper flow of nutrients going to fight off brittleness and future injuries.