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Massage Therapy: FAQ

From chronic back pain relief to stress relief, our massage services in Normandy Park offer a number of important health benefits. If you are new to massage therapy, however, you may be wondering how therapeutic massage can make a difference for your health and whether these treatments are right for your pain management needs. We're here to answer the most frequently asked questions about massage therapy and chiropractic care.

Our Normandy Park Chiropractors Discuss Massage Therapy

#1: How can massage in Normandy Park enhance my chiropractic treatments?
Chiropractic adjustments address chronic pain by restoring proper alignment to the spine and alleviating pressure on nearby nerves. However, even with correct spinal alignment, tense muscles can still restrict a patient’s natural range of motion and cause pain. When the muscles are tense, they contract and shorten, limiting the body’s natural range of motion and exacerbating pain. Massage therapy enhances the benefits of chiropractic adjustments by releasing tension trapped deep within the muscle fascia. Releasing this tension allows the muscles to lengthen and relax, which relieves pain.

#2: What should I expect during my first massage therapy visit?
During your first massage therapy visit, our licensed massage therapist will discuss your pain management needs. Working with our chiropractor, our massage therapist will create a custom massage treatment program to address these concerns and complement your current chiropractic treatments. We offer our massage treatments in a quiet, private space with soothing music for maximum relaxation.

#3: What type of massage is right for my pain management needs?
Our licensed massage therapist offers several different styles of massage that can be customized to meet your specific pain management and wellness needs. If you are suffering from chronic back pain, for example, you may benefit from trigger point massage or myofascial release. Trigger point massage addresses tension caused by knotted tissues (“trigger points”) in the body; myofasical release targets the body’s connective tissues, releasing tension from the fascia. Sports massages target the muscles used by runners and other athletes, flushing out toxins from these muscles to reduce the risk for injury and speed the recovery process. If you are struggling with chronic stress, you may benefit from a gentle Swedish massage, which helps enhance the mind-body connection, lower cortisol levels, and increase endorphin levels.

#4: How long will a massage treatment last?
Massage treatments typically last between 45 and 90 minutes, depending on your pain management needs and your availability. Some patients find that a weekly, 60-minute massage is very beneficial for managing their pain. Other patients may opt for occasional 90-minute sports massages in conjunction with athletic training.

#5: Will the massage hurt?
In general, massage therapy is gentle and relaxing. While some patients may feel some soreness or stiffness the next day following a deep tissue massage, this soreness and stiffness is only temporary. With regular massages, you will notice an improvement in your body’s mobility, as well as reduced pain and enhanced whole body wellness.

#6: How will I feel after my massage treatment?

While some patients may feel some soreness or stiffness the next day following a deep tissue massage, this soreness and stiffness is only temporary. Drinking plenty of water will help your muscles recovery from the massage with limited stiffness. Generally, you will feel relaxed and loose after the massage is complete.

#7: How often should I get a massage?

The frequency of massage treatments, as well as how many sessions a patient needs, will vary from person to person. If you are recovering from an injury or in pain, you may need more sessions to release muscle tension and enjoy the full benefits of massage therapy. If you are getting a massage for stress relief, an appointment once per month might meet your needs. Talk to our chiropractors to determine the best massage therapy schedule for you.

#8: When should I not get a massage?

Certain medical conditions can make a massage a bad idea. If you have an acute injury that still has extreme inflammation, for instance, we may recommend putting off massage treatment until further healing occurs. If you have a viral infection or are running a fever, we may also recommend that you stay home, rest, and come back when you are in better shape. High blood pressure and diseases of the lymphatic system such as cancer can also be detrimental for massage therapy.