--Tiffany Field, PH.D.
Director, Touch Research Institute, University of Miami
--Photo: this is our “Alder” massage room where you can relax and repair.
Massage therapy has been around for centuries and is an age old practice for healing. Some of the earliest written histories make mention of massage therapy. From China, 2700 BCE, a book titled, “The Yellow Emperor’s Classic Book of Internal Medicine” makes one of the earliest mentions of massage therapy. In ancient Egypt, 2500 BCE, massage therapy was depicted in tomb paintings displaying massage therapy as a part of their medical traditions. Over the centuries massage therapy has remained an integral part of the healing arts. Today massage therapists have developed a multitude of techniques that have originated from ancient methods. It is from these roots that our highly trained and specialized massage therapists find their inspiration to help others heal their physical and emotional well being and experience a higher quality of life.
Here at Davis Family Chiropractic and Massage we are passionate about holistic drug free health. We strive to educate our patients and help them find forms of healing that are natural and chemical free. Part of this philosophy includes the healing practices of massage.
We approach massage therapy from an individualized perspective creating a massage that meets your specific needs. Your personal massage is designed to bring mind and body back to a place of wellness. By utilizing the healing qualities of massage we strive to increase your quality of life, increase mobility, and instill a feeling of relaxation and calm.
Our massage therapist are highly trained and well versed in techniques to give you the best massage, whole body health, and well being. Some of the special techniques you can find here are:
- Swedish relaxing massage
- Deep tissue
- Trigger point therapy
- Gua Sha
- Injury treatment massage
- Neuromuscular therapy
- Recovery treatment massage
Meet our massage therapists:
Massage therapy can help with a multitude of conditions:
It is often a misconception that massage can only be utilized as a spa relaxation technique. The healing art of massage has a much greater capacity though, and can help with a vast array of health conditions.
- Physical pain such as muscles tension, back pain, shoulder and neck pain, elbows, knees, and hips.
- Migraines and headaches
- Carpel tunnel
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
- Frozen shoulder/rotator cuff injuries
- Plantar fasciitis
- Post surgery care
- Stress relief
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Tennis elbow
- Sprains and strains
- Sports, work, car accident injuries
- Anxiety, insomnia, depression
With massage therapy care you will find that you will get the added benefits of a boosted immune system and natural increase in the positive mood hormones giving you a feeling of well being. With stress being the root to 80% of all disease, having regular massage therapy is wonderful preventative care.
How massage therapy and chiropractic work together:
Massage therapy works in perfect tandem with chiropractic care. It is a complete holistic approach to healing the body. Some of the benefits of having these two modalities together are:
- Having a massage can help you hold your adjustment longer.
- Massage can help your adjustment go easier.
- Chiropractic care extends the benefits of your massage.
Massage targets the healing of the soft tissues in your body while chiropractic focuses on the structural aspects of the body and the nervous system. Together these two modalities work in perfect tandem to help your body reach it’s fullest potential in health and wellness.
What to expect with your massage:
In preparation for your massage you should make sure you are well hydrated and have a clean body. Your massage therapist may ask you a few questions about your medical history and what you want worked on. An initial assessment before starting the session is common. Before beginning the massage your therapist may explain what kind of a massage you will be receiving that day and give you a clear picture of what to expect. Then your massage therapist will ask you to undress to your comfort level and step out of the room while you get comfortable on the table under the covers.
During the massage sure you are comfortable while lying on the table. If you are not let the therapist know so they can make the adjustments needed to help you fully relax. Temperatures can be adjusted if you are too hot or too cold. During the massage be sure to let your therapist know if you need more pressure or if the pressure is too much. Depending on what is needed, the massage therapist will either massage the whole body or do a focused massage in the areas that need the most attention and are tight.
At the end of the massage the therapist will let you know what their recommendations are and will advise you to continue to drink water to stay hydrated. Then you will be allowed to dress in the privacy of the room while the massage therapist steps out.
It is important to keep in mind that the benefits of massage are cumulative and to meet your health and wellness goals you should follow the recommendations of your massage therapist. Be sure to stop by the front desk to schedule your next massage to keep up your momentum in wellness.
What to expect after your massage:
- Look forward to a feeling of relaxation and rejuvenation.
- You may feel more energy, focus, greater productivity, heightened awareness of your body and self.
- There may be possible soreness. If it lasts longer than 1-2 days, please let us know at the next appointment so we can adjust the massage accordingly.
- An increase in circulation, range of motion, mobility, and ability to sleep. All wonderful things.
- Decrease in stress, pain, stiffness, and tension, thankfully!
Post-massage self-care recommendations:
- Schedule your next massage now to keep up your momentum in wellness.
- Ice any areas that are sore or uncomfortable for 10-12 minutes 2 or more hours apart. Make sure there is a barrier between your skin and the ice (a pillow care or kitchen towel works great!).
- Drink 2-3 more glasses of water than you normally drink in a day. Water is key to flush all the toxins out of your body that gets loosened up by the massage. A key benefit!
- Go for a calming walk.
- Stretch before you go to bed and when you wake up to get the circulation going and keep muscles loose.
- Always call your massage therapist if you have any questions or concerns.
Some case studies with great wins:
Our massage therapists see many wonderful successes with their patients. Here are a few examples:
I met my patient at a free corporate mini massage event. She had tried many different therapies to help with her chronic tight muscles, low back pain that radiated into the hips with bulging discs in the lumbar spine, headaches, and frozen shoulder. My patient was doing yoga, hourly office stretches, acupuncture, and chiropractic but she was still struggling to feel better. After her mini massage with me she committed to coming in for regular massages. We have been doing weekly massages for the last 6 months and her transformation has been magnificent. Her low back pain and stiff hips are relieved and her headaches and tight shoulders have improved drastically. Every time she sees her chiropractor and acupuncturist they can’t believe how much better she is. My patient stated that she was delighted when she walked into her kitchen to find her husband and her mom sitting at the table having a conversation about how much she has transformed. They commented on the remarkable change in her posture. My patient has worked hard and stayed committed to improving her health and life. Her transformation has been beautiful.
I had a patient come in who had been in a motor vehicle accident. My patient told me at the first visit that she had had massages before and would go in every couple of months for one. After a having consistent treatment massage care with me, my patient told me how much improvement she has been feeling. She stated that she was feeling an overall wellness that transcended into all aspects of her life. She was sleeping better, had more energy in the day, felt like her moods where improved, and that her body was feeling healthier. Because of these noted improvements my patient said she has realized how important massage is to her overall health. She said that consistent and regular massage care is something that she is now committed to for long lasting wellness and health.
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