All About Massage Therapy

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If you’ve been following us on social media, you’ve already heard the news that Harmony Chiropractic now offers massage therapy! While many of us know there is benefit to massage therapy treatment, we may not know the details of how it benefits us, or understand the different types of massage treatment. Read on to find out more, and hear from our massage therapist, Kim!


Hello world, my name is Kim, and I am the new massage therapist at Harmony Chiropractic!

I just wanted to tell you why I think YOU should get a massage as soon as possible. Maybe you’re one of those people who think massage is only for relaxation. But I’m here to tell you it’s so much more than that.

For a healthy person, massages can increase muscle flexibility, reduce stress levels, and of course, increase relaxation. For those who have pain, it is often from ischemic tissue, which is decreased local circulation due to constant muscle contraction and fascial restriction. Through massage, pain can be decreased or maintained by increasing the blood flow to the ischemic tissue.

Massage has also shown to have a positive effect psychologically by decreasing stress, anxiety, depression, and giving a sense of well-being.

Well, that is all for now! I hope this convinced you to book a massage, or at least consider it.

It was lovely chatting, see you soon!


Relaxation Massage

Relaxation massage is a gentle technique using smooth gliding motions to help you relax. Lighter pressure is applied, so there is less focus on working out specific muscle knots. Benefits include improving circulation, stress relief, and reducing muscle tension. This type of treatment can also cause endorphin release, known as the body’s natural painkillers.

Deep Tissue Massage

For patients with chronic muscle tension or other injuries, deep tissue massage is beneficial. Deeper pressure is applied to the deepest layers of muscles, tendons, and fascia, targeting knots or adhesions. Deep tissue massage can help break up scar tissue, promote faster healing, relieve pain, and reduces stress.

Cupping

Cupping therapy originated in ancient China and involves placing special cups on the skin and creating suction beneath them. Cups are left in place for a few minutes. Unlike massage therapy that uses pressure to alleviate pain or muscle tension, the suction used in cupping lifts the skin and promotes circulation in the area. This can increase blood flow and reduce pain, and may promote cell repair.

Cupping often leaves round red marks or bruises on the skin after treatment, which will begin to fade after a couple of days, but can last for 1-2 weeks.

Have more questions for Kim, or interested in booking a massage? Give our office a call at 204.505.4325.

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