Massage Table

Stress: Massage therapy on a regular basis is one of the most effective methods for achieving stress relief. By increasing circulation the body releases endorphins aiding in the relaxation response and counteracting stress symptoms. Massage also improves immune function, which can be compromised from extended periods of stress. Massage therapy promotes self awareness. The body can learn what true relaxation means and recreate it before stress gets the best of us. The benefits are increased energy levels, vitality, and an ability to cope with stressful situations more easily.

Headaches: There are two types: tension related headaches and migraines. The first can be treated rather simply by alleviating the tension built up and trigger points in the upper back, shoulders, neck, and face. For migraine sufferers the Cranio-Sacral method has proven to be the most successful for re-establishing a normal rhythm of cranial flow in my experience.

Pregnancy: This is an important time for the mother-to- be as well as the baby growing inside her in addition to preparing for labor with appropriate stretching, alleviating any tension, and dealing with common sciatica pain. I have a pregnancy table that allows you to be face down. Removable breast and tummy hollows with a support sling underneath the tummy for optimal comfort provides a position where we can still use hot packs on the upper back for tension relief. Side positioning is also used with the support of pillows to work the hips, outer and inner legs.

Shoulder pain/rotator cuff injuries: By isolating which muscles and tendons are involved in the injury I am able to get a clear picture of how to treat the area. Applying pressure to tendons at the joint increases oxygen/nutrient levels and speeds the healing process tremendously. Combining manual therapy with specific exercises will further assist in the healing process. Generally a one year recovery time can be reduced to 6 months in my experience.

Poor posture: Allowing the body to reinforce correct and natural movement can be one of the greatest benefits of massage therapy. Many pain patterns are due to poor posture from sitting at a desk all day, driving, standing at work, repeated motions, etc. Over time these habits can cause misalignments and breakdown, the major cause of chronic pain. With a consistent massage therapy program the muscles can be loosened giving the joints greater movement and alleviating painful pressure points.

Postoperative rehabilitation: An important component of a successful surgical procedure is the post rehabilitation process. The “golden window”, that time to perform massage therapy to prevent muscles and tendons from tightening due to inactivity, is believed to be six weeks after surgery. Delivering oxygen/nutrients to the affected areas in order to accelerate the healing process as well as working the scar tissue is crucial to healthy recovery time. With artificial joint replacements it is especially important to retrain the muscles/tendons in order to move freely and walk with a correct gate.

Stiffness and inflexibility: Working the tendons and ligaments around the joints by applying pressure for 30 seconds or more delivers oxygen stimulating the body’s natural lubricants making stretching and range of motion easier to keep the body flexible. Also assisted stretching and PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation) tricks the nervous system in letting go to maximize the stretching a little beyond what the mind wants to allow.

Chronic pain issues: It has been estimated that 90% of disease stems from stress. Add to that the constant fight against gravity from the time we are born to the time we leave this body behind. Nothing ages us faster internally and externally than these two components. Regular massage therapy helps you manage your stress levels and create space between the joints and vertebras of your spine. Many experience relief from chronic diseases, neurological disorders, and injuries and easing of the tensions of modern life styles.

Fibromyalgia and Chronic fatigue syndromes: Although massage therapy isn’t proven to provide long-term relief, after a massage you’re likely to feel more relaxed and get a better night’s sleep and lower depression, which in turn can help alleviate your symptoms. Research shows therapeutic massage can help people with FMS or ME/CFS especially those who can’t exercise, because massage has similar effects on your tissues and circulatory system.

Weak immune system: Regular therapeutic massages provide significant benefits beyond the immediate relaxation we enjoy. People who experience high levels of stress tend to get sick more often than others. Combine stress with lack of regular good night sleep, poor nutrition, and our body’s ability to naturally protect itself against the common colds, flu, bacteria, viruses, and infections is greatly impaired. Numerous studies have indicated that massage can increase the immune system’s cytotoxic capacity (the activity level of the body’s natural “killer cells”), increase seratonin levels, and decrease the number of T-cells, which strenghtens the body’s immune functioning overall.

Sports injuries: It is an instinctual act to rub and massage an injured area at the onset of pain. By increasing circulation through massage, oxygen and nutrients are pumped to the muscles and vital organs, significantly accelerating the healing process.