About Massage Therapy ● What to Expect
Massage Therapy is a hands on therapy that uses pressure and movement on the body and muscles. It is one of the oldest forms of medical practice. There are many forms of massage that can be used for different results. At D’Vida Injury Clinic & Wellness Center, we provide “medical massage“. Medical Massage is massage that works on a specific problem, such as range of motion problems, muscle spasms and back pain. The focus is directed towards specific relief and to promote healing rather than just relaxation. This method became popular when the need for skilled therapists that could work on chronic pain and injury grew.
Medical Massage became an widely accepted treatment for rehabilitation after groundbreaking work from Dr.Janet G Travell.
What is a Typical Treatment Like?
Massage environments can vary, from spa environments to hospitals and wellness centers. At D’Vida Injury Clinic and Wellness Center, each massage is given in a private dedicated room setup to deliver a soothing and relaxing atmosphere. Chair massages are available, but usually massages are given with the patient lying down on a massage table.
The therapist will discuss what will happen in the session and then leave you to privacy so that you can dress down to your comfort level. When you are ready, lie down on the massage table and cover yourself with the sheet or other draping on the table. The therapist will knock before re-entering.
Tell the massage therapist if you are cold, don’t want a certain area of your body touched, or are in any discomfort. You are in charge, and can ask for changes or stop the session at any time.
What are Some of the Techniques Used?
Some typical techniques you might experience include the following:
- Gliding – rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart.
- Kneading – lifting and stretching muscles.
- Friction – using rubbing to seperate, stimulate and sooth the different layers of the body.
- Pumping – repetitive movement and the force in two opposite directions on the muscle and fascia.
- Compression – stationary slight pushing down with the hands on to the tissue
- Cross-fiber friction – pressure in one direction only.
- Rocking – gentle rocking motion back and forth.
- Skin rolling – also called myofascial release, lifting the skin and gently rolling it back and forth in the fingers and hand
- Stretching – passively stretching muslces
- Traction – prolonged pulling on parts of the body
How Should I Prepare for my Treatment?
Before making an appointment, make sure that it will be a good time for you to get massaged. If you are having skin irritations, such as rashes or sunburn, fever, contagious disease(cold of flu), or broken bones, reschedule your visit.
The days before your visit drink plenty of water. Avoid eating right before your massage. Give yourself plenty of time for your treatment, so you can relax. Coming in feeling rushed and stressed will take longer to get into a calm state and will affect your massage.
The massage therapist will ask questions about how you are feeling and your medical history. Massage can affect multiple body systems, such as the cardiovascular and nervous systems, so it is important to be honest. Massage can have an effect on certain prescription medication, such as blood pressure medication. Letting your therapist know allows them to determine if there are any reasons you should avoid massage or a particular technique.
After the Massage
At the end of the massage, the therapist will leave the room so you can dress in private. Take your time getting off the table and getting dressed, you might feel light headed after your treatment.
The therapist will offer you water after the treatment. It is important to hydrate after your treatment. If possible, allow yourself some quiet time after the treatment.
Clinical types of massage may relieve the body from chronic pain and stress but may leave you with temporary soreness. In this case, it is good to relax those parts of the body that were worked on if possible.
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