The ancient art of massage is now recognized as serious medicine. Massage therapy has been proven to eliminate pain and bring relief from the debilitating symptoms of many chronic illnesses and acute conditions. At the Center for Physical Health, our massage therapists are trained in anatomy, physiology and pathology. They understand the structure and function of the human body as well as the nature of illness and disease. This combination of knowledge and skill results in an extraordinarily refined sense of touch.
Patients say our therapists have an uncanny ability to go right to where it hurts and make it feel better.
- Deep Tissue – Also called Myofascial Release. Deep tissue work uses slow, sustained movements to relieve pain and help you regain function.
- Shiatsu – In this traditional oriental technique, the practitioner uses their fingers (shi) and pressure (atsu). It stimulates, restores balance, relieves tension and stress, and imparts a renewed feeling of vitality.
- Reiki – Reiki, a healing technique that originated in Japan, is designed to relieve pain, restore vitality and enhance the spirit.
- Swedish – This approach utilizes long strokes and kneading to reduce tension, loosen tight muscles, soothe sore muscles and increase circulation, promoting total relaxation.
- Trigger Point – The trigger point technique is designed to release muscle spasms that develop as a result of chronic pain and inflammation.
WHO CAN BENEFIT
Massage brings relief from many chronic conditions and illnesses, because it affects so many aspects of our bodies. It improves health by acting directly on the muscular, nervous, circulatory and immune systems. Massage strengthens the immune systems of people with auto-immune disorders, and promotes deeper and easier breathing for people with asthma. Parkinson’s patients find it helps them maintain flexibility and avoid robotic movements in the face of decreased muscle control.
Researchers have found that when people with fibromyalgia received massages they had less pain, stiffness and fatigue. They slept better and felt less depressed. Massage improves joint mobility and joint health, crucial for arthritis sufferers. It can increase range of motion in your joints by releasing muscle tension around them. And as circulation is increased in the joints, it actually stimulates the healthy production of the joint’s natural lubrication.
Cancer patients find it helps combat the negative effects of treatment such as dehydration and stiffness. With diabetes, massage helps with circulatory problems to maintain healthy tissue. And research has shown that children with diabetes have more normal blood sugar levels after massage.