Different Types of Massage Therapy
There are many different types of massage therapy, and they all have different ways of helping you get back to feeling your best. What is best for you depends heavily upon your situation. If you don’t quite know what you need, some of the techniques Healing Touch Chiropractic specializes in can be found below:
The lymphatic system’s job is to detoxify bodily fluids before they are circulated into the bloodstream by moving fluids through the body to the liver. If this process is interrupted or not functioning properly, it can result in symptoms such as toxemia or swelling. Lymphatic massage reduces muscle swelling, which increases blood flow, which in turn supports proper lymphatic system functioning.
The goal of a relaxation massage just that — to encourage relaxation. This type of massage is gentle and less intense than some of the other styles. The therapist gently works the upper layers of the muscle tissue to help relax and ease tension in the muscles. Relaxation massage is a total experience as it is performed in a dim setting, with candles and occasionally scented oils.
Myofascial release involves applying gentle, sustained pressure to the myofascial connective tissue that is causing pain or interfering with movement. The massage relaxes the contracted muscles and increases venous and lymphatic drainage. Myofascial release can help treat injuries or problems resulting from long-term poor posture by relieving the accompanying pain and limited range of motion.
Sports massages work on easing tension and loosening up the connective tissue and deep muscle structures. The massage utilizes hard and deep strokes, combined with finger pressure to increase flexibility and prevent injuries. It is specifically designed for athletes, and is great for treating many common types of injuries sustained during athletic activity.
Swedish massages increase blood circulation to more than 4 times its normal rate. The massage releases the stagnant toxins stored in the muscle fibers, and heightened flexibility in the musculature the massage targets. The result is an increased flow of fresh, oxygenated blood into the muscles, which can result in a decrease in muscle tension, and elevated energy levels.
Warm Stone Massage
Warm stone massage is a unique approach that uses warm river stones in strategic spots to relax the muscles and increase circulation. Combined with manual massage, this treatment is guaranteed to cure what ails you.
Rehabilitative massage is designed to support healing injuries and the restoration of the injured area’s full range of motion. Active Release, Myofascial Release, and Neuromuscular Therapy are examples of rehabilitative massage techniques that can locate and help treat spasms and tension that may occur after an accident or injury. The therapist focuses on these muscles to restore them to their natural state.
Healing Touch Chiropractic is committed to offering the Evergreen and San Jose areas exemplary service. If you have any further questions regarding the different types of massage therapy we can provide, please contact us today!