What is Therapeutic Massage?
Therapeutic Massage in Albuquerque
Therapeutic Massage is the rubbing, compression, friction & kneading of the connective tissues and muscles with oil or lotion on the skin. This form of massage therapy is very relaxing and stress relieving. Recent studies now show the many positive effects massage has on our health.
Here at Athletic Touch I utilize a variety of techniques including Neuromuscular, Trigger Point, Orthopedic, and Myofascial therapies to provide a deep and lasting relief for your muscular problems.
Each session is performed at therapeutic depths intended to:
Soften myofascial tissues
Restore neuromuscular balance
Bring fresh oxygenated blood to muscles, fascia, and tendons
Relieve fascial adhesions
and Remove metabolic wastes
Since treatments are carried out within each patient's tolerance they generally feel relieving and comfortable.
These treatments are excellent for those suffering from chronic aches and pains as well as those who have been recently injured.
Whether the pain is in your neck, shoulders, back, hips, arms, legs, hands or feet we can help. If your complaint is beyond my scope of practice I'll do our best to help you find the right specialist.
The sessions typically include an intake to gather information that will help develop a treatment plan. This intake may also include range of motion analysis.
Treatment focuses on the particular regions that may be causing your pain. Because this work is specific and thorough, there is usually only enough time to work in the most important areas. For example, if you are suffering from migraines or headaches, I would focus on treating the muscles and tissues of your neck, jaw, and shoulders.
Hydrotherapy (moist heat), cryotherapy (cold packs), and contrast (alternating cold/heat) therapies may also be utilized for greater and more lasting relief.
Finally, treatments are concluded with some suggestions for self-care to further improve recovery.
As always, you are welcome to return for further treatment. In fact, multiple sessions are often the key to fully treating many conditions.
Therapeutic Massage is the rubbing, compression, friction & kneading of the connective tissues and muscles with oil or lotion on the skin. This form of massage therapy is very relaxing and stress relieving. Many studies now show the many positive effects massage has on our health. Here are a few of the proven outcomes of having a massage:
-lower heart rate
-less back pain
-pain relief of head aches
-quicker recovery after athletic activity
-less labor time needed for pregnant women
-better immune function
-quicker recovery from colds and flu
-reduced pain after surgery
Many other good things come from massage. Visit the Benefits of Massage page for a more complete list I have gathered from many different sites with massage information.
Therapeutic Massage for Pain Relief
At Athletic Touch, Ruth uses Therapeutic Massage for pain relief. The name "Therapeutic Massage" is used differently across the world to describe different massage modalities or styles.
Ruth uses the term "Therapeutic Massage" to describe a massage style to relieve pain.
According to the AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association), 88% of consumers surveyed believe that massage can be effective in reducing pain (see the entire list of survey results here).
Though Therapeutic Massage can relieve pain with special focus on the painful areas, it is also very relaxing and still elicits relaxation.
One could say that Therapeutic Massage is the best of both worlds: the relaxation of calmer massage and the pain relief from the deep massage.
More and more consumers are seeking alternative methods for pain management. They are becoming aware of the positive effects of massage therapy in their lives. It has been very cool to watch the reputation of massage shift through the years, where more people are comfortable getting a massage today who years ago did not see the value of a massage for themselves.