What is Therapeutic Massage?
Therapeutic massage is a general term that describes any type of massage modality that helps relieve pain, reduce stress, and work on a specific problem. Our team uses this type of massage to help re-integrate scar tissue with surrounding structures.
People tend to assume that therapeutic means deep tissue massage, and that the massage will be intense. That is not always the case. Deep tissue massage is great for breaking down scar tissue and getting your blood circulating. However, it may not be what you need on a particular day. We will apply the specific techniques and the right amount of pressure to address your needs. Sometimes that will be a lighter touch.
While massage is often relaxing, the end goal of the session or series of sessions is not relaxation. Therapeutic soft tissue work can be a standalone treatment or used in combination with other modalities such as chiropractic or physical therapy. Some people, such as athletes, laborers or stressed out office workers, receive regular therapeutic massage to keep themselves in good physical condition.
People of all ages can benefit from therapeutic work. Massage is also suitable for people with disabilities, expecting mothers, and people in treatment for medical conditions. That being said, some special precautions may need to be taken to protect the health of the client.
Therapeutic techniques are derived from a variety of massage styles. We will tailor your massage depending on your needs. If you are unsure whether or not massage is appropriate for you, please give us a call.
While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia related to stress
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
- TMJ joint pain
Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort and connection.