Everyone knows that a good massage can melt away the aches and pains of the daily grind, but did you know that massage therapy can also be an effective medical treatment for several conditions? More and more people are realizing that regular massage therapy is about more than just relaxing!
A massage involves physical stretching, pressing, rubbing, and otherwise manipulating the muscles and soft tissues of the body. Massages can range from a light, feather-like stroke to a deep, intense kneading.
At Florida Wellness Medical Center, our certified massage therapists extensively study human anatomy and physiology, giving them the ability to manipulate the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissues to relieve pain, soreness, and stiffness. Receiving a massage on a set schedule allows the therapist to hone in on problem areas to break up painful tissue adhesions, restore circulation, and promote new tissue growth.
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Our massage therapists are educated and trained in various types of therapeutic massage, including:
Swedish massage uses long, gliding strokes of varying mild to moderate pressure to promote full-body relaxation. All of the massage strokes are guided by the direction of blood flow back to the heart. This technique not only melts away stress but also promotes increased circulation and healthy blood flow.
If there’s ever a time when we need to de-stress, it’s during pregnancy. Prenatal massage helps you do just that with massage positions and strokes that are safe for you and your unborn baby. Prenatal massage has been shown to decrease stress, relieve pain, stimulate healthy blood circulation, promote better sleep, reduce swelling, and even help with legs cramps and sciatica. (Note: prenatal massage is only available for expectant moms in their second or third trimesters)
Many people mistakenly believe that a deep tissue massage is just an intense Swedish massage, but that’s not the case. Deep tissue massage uses very firm pressure with slowed strokes to work deeper muscles and the surrounding fascia. This focused pressure helps break up scar tissue and adhesions, commonly referred to as knots, in the soft tissues. Scar tissue and adhesions can form in and around the muscles after an injury or surgical procedure.
Geriatric massage is designed for the older population to reduce the friction on the skin typical during a traditional massage. Since the elderly are prone to skin tears due to thinning of the epidermis, geriatric massage uses extra light pressure and passive stretching to minimize risk. Geriatric massage is a great way to boost circulation for an elderly person who is no longer mobile.
Physical sports, especially those that involve extreme endurance or impacts, can be very destructive to the human body. Athletes often have small injuries that go unnoticed and untreated, leaving scar tissue and adhesions that can affect their performance. No matter if you play high school soccer or dance for a professional ballet company, you can benefit from a sports massage. Sports massage improves flexibility, promotes healthy recovery after exertion, and prevents re-injury.
If you’ve ever dealt with painful trigger points, you know what a debilitating effect they can have on simple daily activities, such as standing or walking. Trigger points create knots in the muscle tissue, slowly pulling the muscle fibers tighter. This shortening of the muscle fibers causes tension that leads to intense localized and referred pain. Our massage therapists know how to trace that referred pain back to the muscle where the trigger point originates, allowing them to apply hyper-focused pressure directly to the point until it releases. Immediate relief is usually felt after trigger point work, but continued treatment is needed for long-term benefits.