Muscle spasms, adhesions, and trigger points are searched and addressed. We do not merely "push on what hurts". There are many places that can and will do that. Every session, our therapists try to identify the focal points to best target our attention. Over time, muscles are overworked and become shortened or bundled up. Push and pull motions are employed not just to reduce muscle tension, but also to elongate and lengthen out the tissue fibers.
Repetitive movement in your daily life will create imbalances in the soft tissues over time that can cause pain and tension. This imbalance can affect your ability to perform other activities and day to day tasks and cause pain, tension and dysfunction.
Sports massage is focused and systematic, targeting muscles that are used in a specific sport. It uses various techniques to decrease muscle pain and improve recovery, as well as improve overall range of motion and flexibility to support safe and effective movement. A sports massage therapist can assist with training, rehabilitation, and pre- or post-performance goals. While often sought by elite and amateur athletes, sports massage can also be beneficial for anyone who regularly exercises.
Prenatal massages are performed in a side-lying position for maximum safety and comfort. Patients are evaluated during the first visit and periodically re-evaluated for the duration of the pregnancy. Treatments are commonly focused on regions of developing stress and tension in the lumbopelvic area, pain in neck and shoulders from weeks to months of side sleeping, and possible fluid retention around the extremities.
Chiropractic care is a common method to treat back pain. Spinal adjustment is a passive manual maneuver used to manipulate, massage, mobilize, adjust, stimulate, apply traction to the spine and related tissues. A spring-loaded tool is sometimes used to deliver a precise measured force to the joint.
Graston & Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)
Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is a type of manual massage therapy that includes using specialized tools to manipulate the skin, myofascia, muscles, and tendons by using various direct compressive stroke techniques
Commonly known as the Graston Technique, this type of treatment can be beneficial for many people with movement restrictions, tension, and pain.
Graston technique is a patented modality, along with a specialized set of medical grade stainless steel tools. They have a combination of bevels and contours to be able to conform to certain parts of the body, such as back, legs or wrists. They promote healing by breaking up fascia, adhesions, scar tissue and bringing blood to the surface. The tools originate from traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), where they are known as guasha and have been used since ancient times.
TMJ/TMD Massage Therapy
Soft tissue treatment for TMJ syndrome - jaw pain or "locked jaw" from tightness and imbalance in the TMJ muscles because of teeth grinding, jaw clenching, and/or prior trauma. Massage and trigger point therapy is focused on the muscles surrounding the temporomandibular joint but also addresses facial and neck pain commonly associated with with temporomandibular joint disorder.
Lymphatic drainage massage, also known as manual lymphatic drainage, relieves swelling that happens when medical treatment or illness blocks your lymphatic system. Lymphatic drainage massage involves gently manipulating specific areas of your body to help lymph move to an area with working lymph vessels. Conditions that may find this particularly helpful include Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia.
Assisted stretching reduces stiff muscles and inflammation while re-establishing proper muscle length. We incorporate multi-planar combo stretches to better mimic real life activities of daily life or specified for your athletic pursuits.
Joint Mobilization Therapy
Gentle assisted movements performed by a chiropractor to restore joint motion that has been reduced due to aging, overuse, or prior injury. You can liken it to “massaging” a joint and the results are - reduced pain, stiffness and inflammation; decreased joint wear and tear; and improvements in disc nutrition. The bottom line is better movement and improved function! Stiff joints are gently soothed to improve mobility.