Massage Therapy Q & A
What is massage therapy?
Massage therapy is a treatment designed to manipulate the soft tissue of your body. These tissues include tendons, muscles, and other connective tissues by using a range of pressure and movement.
The strategic application of steady pressure, kneading, percussion, or other techniques can help resolve muscle spasms and joint pain.
What is massage therapy used for?
Dr. Vickers and his staff at Allied Healthcare, LLC, use massage therapy to manage a variety of health conditions and enhance wellness. The modality can be used to address the pain and limited mobility that can result from:
- Severe injuries
- Stress-related tension
- Sports performance
Chronic pain sufferers can also find significant relief with massage therapy.
What are the different massage therapy techniques?
Allied Healthcare, LLC, providers use several different massage therapy techniques, including:
Cupping is a technique of ancient Chinese origin where cups are placed on the skin to create suction, increase blood flow, and enable healing. This method has been shown to relieve muscle tension, initiate cell repair, and generate new blood vessels within the tissues.
Instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization
Allied Healthcare, LLC, offers instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization using a handheld device to dissolve scar tissue and fascial restrictions within soft tissues, such as ligaments, tendons, and nerves.
Kinesio taping is a rehabilitative taping technique that allows a free range of motion while providing stability and support to muscles and joints. Dr. Vickers and his team often use Kinesio taping to extend the benefits of therapy.
Cranial-sacral protocols involve an Allied Healthcare, LLC, therapist resting their hand on your skull and sacrum to assess your craniofacial rhythms. The specific hand movement that follows was designed to manipulate the lower layer of fluid and membranes.
Active-release protocols involve your Allied Healthcare, LLC, therapist putting deep pressure on an affected area while instructing you to move the area accordingly simultaneously.
This technique was designed to produce a sliding motion of soft tissues underneath the area where your provider applies pressure. The protocol assists in the re-establishment of your soft-tissue function.
Fascial stretch protocols
Dr. Vickers and his team use fascial stretch protocols to enhance your flexibility and mobility. The technique uses two straps to support the movements and ensure a focus on the fascial lines that are intertwined in your body’s muscles, nerves, and organs.
If you think massage therapy could aid in your recovery, call Allied Healthcare, LLC, or book an appointment online.