Were You Aware That We Offer Medical Massage Therapy?
Many people think that a massage is a massage. However, there are many different types of massage, for example: deep tissue, hot stone, Swedish, myofascial, etc. The many options can make it challenging to figure out what type of massage will work best for you. At Pairmore & Young, we concentrate on “medical” massage, and the doctors work closely with the massage therapists to give our patients the best possible results and experience, and make recommendations according to individual treatment needs.
Here are some things to keep in mind if you are considering medical massage:
- Medical massage is covered by many insurance companies today. Unlike massage for relaxation purposes (which we also provide), medical massage may be covered by insurance because it falls under chiropractic care. If you’re unsure about your benefit coverage, please give us a call and we’ll check into it for you.
- You can only receive medical massage after you’ve first been examined by a chiropractor.
- Your chiropractor will tell your massage therapist which areas need the most attention, and can recommend a specific technique.
- Medical massage is primarily focused on reducing stress and inflammation in certain areas. Some techniques are more effective than others, especially when addressing specific injuries or chronic pain.
- Medical massage therapists are skilled at assisting the body to heal itself, by using various massage techniques. They are trained to promote blood flow and reduce fluid retention around areas of injury.
- During a chiropractic massage, your therapist will likely focus on a specific area or a few key areas. In order to do so, they need to have a detailed understanding of the underlying issues and the best techniques to help you address them, which is why the doctor and massage therapists work together to get you the most beneficial treatment.
We Now Offer Trigger Point Myotherapy
What it is: “Trigger Point Myotherapy” is an integrated approach to pain and dysfunction with the use of a massage therapy technique that concentrates pressure on areas of the “myo”, or muscles that are medically recognized as hot spots throughout the body. The primary goal is pain reduction.
How it is done: Treatment is achieved through a combination of trigger point compression by using fingers, thumbs, and/or elbows in 10-30 second intervals. It is then combined with myomassage, passive stretching, and possibly a suggestion of corrective exercises, and relies heavily on patient-therapist communication and interaction.
What it helps: This technique may be of assistance in areas of the body that are experiencing acute pain and chronic conditions. The focus is to relax the muscles enough to release the trigger points, and encourage blood flow and oxygen to circulate and relieve the painful areas.
Success is measured by: Success is subjectively measured by the patient through a reduction in pain, while increasing range of motion, strength, endurance, and overall improved function.
Frequently Asked Massage Therapy Questions:
Do I have to get undressed to receive a massage?
Typically, people completely undress for a full body massage. This allows the therapist easier access to the areas that will be worked on, and to apply the lotions or oils that will lubricate the skin to eliminate friction. However, if removing your clothes makes you uncomfortable, you may undress to your comfort level, and the therapist will do their best to work around the clothing.
What am I expected to do during a massage?
The key to a successful massage is allowing the body to “relax”. Breathing deeply will promote relaxation and help you receive optimal results. You may close your eyes and remain quiet, or keep your eyes open and chat with the therapist, either way is fine. Feel free to ask the therapist questions anytime during the massage.
Will the massage hurt?
Depending upon the type of massage and the pressure being exerted, there can be a “feel good hurt” loosening up tight muscles in a deep tissue massage, versus an “ouch, stop it kind of hurt”, which is what we do not want to cause. An effective, deep massage should work in conjunction with your body’s natural relaxation response, not against it to cause uncomfortable pain. Pain can cause a person to tighten their muscles and negate the relaxing effects of massage, therefore we want the pain level to remain completely bearable.
Am I going to be sore after the massage?
You may possibly be sore after your massage, but not necessarily. Most people find that they simply feel looser. Some people are sore after a deep tissue massage, however, because they haven’t had those muscles worked on in a while. We do suggest after any massage that you drink plenty of water to flush out any toxins that may be lingering in your system. Epson salt baths and ice are recommended if you do by chance become sore. If the soreness lasts 3 days or more, please notify your therapist so that they can adjust the pressure on you for the next session.
How often should I get a massage?
Frequency of massage depends on your specific needs, your body’s response, and the doctors’ orders. One to two times a week is common, up to one time a month. Listening to your body is key.
Do I have to listen to traditional massage music while I am getting a massage?
Statistically, music with beats under 60 per minute have a calming effect on the body. However, you may listen to whatever will help you relax. Please let your therapist know of your preference beforehand if you have something specific in mind.
Our massage sessions last 60 minutes long.
We offer a variety of modalities including:
Cervical Injury Treatment
Cranial Sacral Therapy
Nerve Stroke/Healing Touch
Prenatal (using lateral recumbent/side lying bolstering)
Soft Tissue Release
Stretch and Spray
Trigger Point Therapy