As one of the world’s first hands-on holistic treatments, therapeutic massage still ranks as one of the best ways to ease tension, alleviate pain, reduce stress, improve circulation, and achieve deep relaxation. At Lodes Chiropractic Center in Wilmington, Delaware, Michael R. Lodes, DC, and his team use massage to promote optimal wellness and treat a variety of issues, ranging from chronic back pain to sports injury recovery. To schedule your next massage, call the office or book online today.
Massage Therapy Q & A
What is massage therapy?
Massage is a holistic, hands-on therapy that uses controlled rubbing, kneading, or pressing movements to affect your soft tissues, or your skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
There are more than 100 different types of massage and bodywork techniques; some use deep, kneading pressure, while others involve light, gentle strokes. Like chiropractic care, massage can help facilitate healing and optimize wellness for patients with a variety of pain conditions, injuries, and health problems.
What kind of massage is right for me?
Massage is an ideal complementary therapy to chiropractic care, as each technique enhances the other to promote more efficient healing through each stage of recovery. The type of massage that’s best for you depends on your health condition and treatment needs. Popular massage techniques include:
This technique uses kneading, circular movements, long strokes, vibration, and tapping to affect your muscle tissues. It simultaneously energizes your body and promotes total relaxation; it also enhances your circulation.
Deep tissue massage
This kind of massage uses with slow, forceful strokes to manipulate deep muscle and connective tissue. It’s often used to release chronic tension or help heal muscle damage.
Sports massage helps athletes and fitness enthusiasts improve their performance by preparing muscles and joints for activity; it can also be used to help stressed, strained, or tired muscles recover after competition or intense activity.
This technique uses direct, therapeutic methods to promote relaxation and stimulate blood flow to a damaged or injured area of your body. In addition to providing effective pain relief, medical massage promotes the myofascial release to help restore optimal tissue balance.
Trigger point massage
This meticulous technique uses precise cycles of isolated pressure and releases to alleviate muscle spasms and pain caused by injury or overuse.
What are the benefits of massage?
When your soft tissues are manipulated during a massage, it triggers the transmission of nerve signals throughout your body. In just a few short minutes, these signals can help ease tension, induce an overall sense of calm, and reduce pain. When massage therapy becomes a regular part of your wellness routine, it can help:
- Ease chronic inflammation
- Improve muscle tone and joint function
- Reduce headaches or migraines
- Alleviate anxiety and stress
- Improve sleep quality
- Enhance circulation and digestion
- Boost immune system function
To find out how you can benefit from massage, call Lodes Chiropractic Center today, or use the easy online tool to schedule an appointment at any time.