Our Services Include:
Therapeutic / Deep Tissue Massage
The intent of a Therapeutic/Deep Tissue Massage is to decrease the negative effects of stress to the body by calming, soothing, and sedating the central nervous system and to decrease your chances of muscular related injuries by relaxing tight muscles. This is achieved by eliciting the relaxation response in your body with a particular type of massage movement called effleurage (a long gliding movement) and petrissage (a kneading movement), frictioning and compressions.
These types of massage movements not only help to stimulate the relaxation response but also help to increase blood and lymph circulation. This in turn quickens the removal of toxins and wastes, surges oxygen and nutrients to the muscles and helps strengthen the immune system.
A Therapeutic/Deep Tissue Massage is also geared toward softening the structure of tight muscles as well as breaking up adhesions formed in muscles commonly referred to as “muscle knots”. It also helps in reducing chronic pain which can also be very beneficial for people suffering from Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Therapeutic/Deep Massage is also beneficial in the prevention, as well as treatment of Sciatica, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and other repetitive stress syndromes that occur from continuously using muscles, day in and day out, for hours at a time i.e. typing on a computer, slinging a heavy bag over your shoulder, going up and down stairs all day long, and standing sitting or driving for long periods of time. In addition to all of these benefits, a Therapeutic/Deep Tissue Massage not only leaves you feeling calm and relaxed, but energized as well.
Last but not least, Therapeutic/Deep Tissue Massage was once considered a luxury. But in today’s society with stress levels at an all time high, and physical demands on our bodies at home and in the work force are greater than ever. Massage is now considered a necessity to help reverse and control the damages these occurrences do to our body. At Massage Experts, we are true advocators in the belief of massage therapy as preventative health care.
Injury Evaluation and Treatment / Postural Analysis and Orthopedic Massage
An Injury Evaluation and Treatment serves two purposes. The first purpose is to evaluate the specific injury you may have. The second is to treat that specific injury and the soft tissue around it that may also be responsible for causing pain and discomfort. Please be aware that this is not a substitute for a medical diagnosis, as only your doctor can provide that service. When evaluating your injury, the therapist will do a postural analysis and test the muscles, tendons and/or ligaments and joints with active, passive and resisted tests to see if your injury is indicative of a sprain (a tear in the fibers of ligaments), a strain (a tear in the fibers of a muscle) tendonitis (inflammation of the tendon) tendonosis (inflamation or the muscular tendon junction) or a postural imbalance. The treatment techniques involved when treating these specific types of injuries are:
Myofascial Release Work to help melt the fascia that surrounds the muscles.
Cross fiber frictioning to help break down scar tissue and adhesions in the soft tissue
Deep tissue massage to increase blood flow to the injured area and to promote speeding of the healing process.
Specific streaches that are done while you are on the treatment table to help enlongate shortened muscles as well as ones to do at home to help your muscles stay balanced.
Specific exercises that will be given to expedite proper recovery of the affected areas and strenghtening excerises to strenghten over streached muscles.
If your injury is one we cannot treat, your therapist will refer you to an appropriate healthcare practitioner for treatment. In many cases, more than muscular therapy can be used to assist in the injury’s healing process. Our staff is dedicated to working with other healthcare providers to ensure the best care and treatment possible for you.
Orthopedic massage focuses on the root of the problem not just the area of pain and/or discomfort. By checking each area of the body for proper range of motion it allows us to see where your restrictions are and what is causing them.Thus allowing us to treat properly. Some of the conditions Orthopedic Massage can help with are: Frozen Sholders and Hips, Sciatica, Tendonosis, Golfer and Tennis Elbow, Carpal Tunnel, 1st and 2nd Degree Anterior or Posterior Cruciate Ligament Sprains, 1st and 2nd Degree Medial or Lateral Collateral Ligament Sprains, 1st and 2nd Degree Muscle Strains and Ligament Sprains, 1st or 2nd Degree Medial or Lateral Meniscus Injuries, Plantar Fasciitis, Achilles Tendonosis, Whiplash, Lower Back Pain and Rotator Cuff Tendonosis.
Orthopedic Massage is a cutting edge way to get rid of chronic muscle pain and tightness or injuries and to prevent them from coming back by correcting the imbalance.
Orthopedic Massage uses a unique 12 step approach to help restore structural balance throughout the body. It helps with the prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal dysfunctions caused by muscle imbalances. Muscle imbalances can be caused by over use of muscles, repetitive motions, actions and injuries. Orthopedic Massage starts with pelvic stabilization where your core is. By balancing out your core first it allows us to correct postural imbalances in the hips and lower back that can lead to other imbalances in the shoulders, neck and knees and other areas as well.
Orthopedic Massage works by taking the whole body into consideration not just the areas that are injured or hurt. It helps get to the root of what is causing or over use that caused them. Your therapist has had specialized advanced training in Orthopedic Massage and will help you to help yourself stay in balance with self care stretching and strengthening exercises to do at home. When done properly it takes all of 15 to 20 minutes to keep yourself feeling great and to help your treatments last.
An Athlete’s peak performance may be dependent upon the proper use and application of sports massage. More than a treatment for injuries, sports massage produces overwhelming benefits for athletes physically, physiologically, and psychologically.
Sports massage is designed to prepare the athlete for their best performance, reduce fatigue, and relieve muscle swelling and tension. During physical activity—especially strenuous—muscle tension builds up in the body’s soft tissues. Due to overextension or overuse, minor injuries and lesions occur in these tissues that can cause a great deal of pain and poor athletic performance. Sports massage helps alleviate pain and prevent such injuries that greatly affect flexibility, mobility, response time, and overall performance in athletic events.
One of the most common setbacks for athletes is delayed-onset muscle soreness, more commonly known as DOMS. This refers to muscle pain that typically develops several hours postexercise and consists of predominantly eccentric muscle actions—especially if the exercise in unfamiliar. Although DOMS is likely a symptom eccentric-exercise-induced muscle damage, it does not necessarily affect muscle damage. Recent studies have concluded that sports massage may help reduce and prevent the often-painful and debilitating effects of DOMS in athletes.
An Australian study involving 5 healthy men and women who performed a variety of new exercises, has concluded that massage played a key role in easing DOMS. “Massage was effective in alleviating DOMS by approximately 30% and reducing swelling.” Massage can reduce this though the improved blood and lymphatic system circulation that assists in the removal of metabolites and other toxins.
Heavily exercised muscles may also lose their capacity to relax. This causes chronically tight muscles, and loss of flexibility. Lack of flexibility is often linked to muscle soreness, and predisposes athletes to injuries– especially muscle pulls and tears. Blood flow through tight muscles is poor (ischemia), which also causes pain. A regular routine of massage therapy is very effective in combating these effects of heavy exercised muscles.
“Muscular strain is a common sports-related injury with the potential to chronically impair performance when sound principles of injury recognition, immediate treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention are ignored.” When preventive techniques such as sports massage are applied, according to Glen A Halvorson, MD, severe muscular strain may be avoided.
Sports massage should be applied before and after athletic events, with many “maintenance” sessions in-between meets or competitions. Pre-event sports massage is focuses on warming-up the major muscles to be used and improves tissue pliability. It also helps get the athlete in a good mental state for competition and prepares them to reach their athletic performance potential.
Post-event sports massage is given following an athletic event and is mainly focused upon recovery. This type of sports massage is geared toward reducing muscle spasms and metabolic build-up that occur with vigorous exercise.
Integrated into a weekly training regimen, athletes may avoid DOMS, relax and revitalize muscles, and feel calmer and more focused before and after events.
Written by By Michelle Fletcher
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Zainuddin, Zainal et al. Effects of Massage on Delayed-Onset Muscle Soreness, Swelling, and Recovery of Muscle Function. Journal of Athletic Training. 2005 Jul-Sep; 40(3): 174-180. Halvorson, Glen A. MD. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Western Journal of Medicine. 1986 June; 144(6): 734–735. –
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