At Club Chiropractic, we combine chiropractic care and massage therapy into your monthly membership. What, you might ask, are the different types of massage therapy and what type should I ask for? Here we will try to answer those questions for you:
The most common type of massage is known as the Swedish Massage. With this massage, the massage therapist will put some massage oil on the patient and use both long and circular strokes to knead the superficial muscles that are just under the skin. It is more known for being quite relaxing and gentle so if you’re worried about it ‘hurting’ this is a good one to start with.
Deep Tissue Massage
The Deep Tissue Massage goes quite a bit deeper into the muscles and connective tissue than the Swedish Massage. This is a good massage for persons who suffer from repetitive aches in certain muscle groups or are recovering from injury. With this type of massage, it’s not uncommon for a person to feel sore for a day or two afterwards.
The Sports Massage is specifically designed for the athlete or active person. This technique is designed to address injury prone areas and prevention of injury. Stretching the muscles and promoting flexibility is emphasized by using elongated strokes.
The Aromatherapy Massage is specifically designed as a stress reducer. Here the massage therapist uses scented plant oils (called ‘essential’ oils) to help relax the muscles, the most common of these being lavender oil.
Also called the Prenatal Massage, this massage is performed by therapists who are certified in Pregnancy Massage. These therapists know the proper way to position the woman’s body during the massage. This massage is designed to reduce stress, relieve aches and pains, and and reduce anxiety and depression.
There are many benefits to massage therapy! Studies have shown that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress and relieving pain and muscle tension. It promotes relaxation and rejuvenation of the muscles. Additionally, it just plain feels good! But did you know it also can help with the following?
- Digestive disorders.
- Insomnia related to stress.
- Myofascial pain syndrome.
- Soft tissue strains or injuries.
- Sports injuries.
We encourage you to make massage therapy a regular part of your wellness program! Get scheduled with Henry Dixon, of The Massage Station (our in-house massage therapist) now and get on track to feeling better soon!
Call Club Chiropractic at (336) 303-1512 to make an appointment or learn more about how we can help you.
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