There are many different types of massage, however the therapist we have on our staff specializes in four different types: manual lymph drainage, trigger point therapy, medical and regular massage.
Manual Lymph Drainage
- The techniques of manual lymph drainage are designed to increase the movement of lymph (swelling) and interstitial fluid (fluid between cells). The basic hand techniques are adapted to follow the anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system (system that controls swelling and edema).
- Manual lymph drainage can be used for people who experience whiplash, sprains, post-surgical edema, fibromyalgia, migraines, or TMJ dysfunction
Trigger Point Therapy (aka neuromuscular therapy)
- A technique used to treat a blockage at the neuromuscular junction (where a nerve and the muscle meet). It is a more therapeutic approach to relieving muscle pain.
- Trigger point therapy can be useful for people who experience headaches, sciatic pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, TMJ dysfunction, etc.
- This type of massage incorporates work specific to tendons and ligaments. The purpose of this type is actually to cause an inflammatory response at the site of intervention to increase the amount of blood flow to this location.
- Medical massage can be useful for a multitude of injuries including post surgical, spinal injuries (falls, whiplash), or chronic pain.
- Also known as Swedish massage, regular massage incorporates many different techniques which come together to provide an atmosphere for relaxation. These techniques often involve long soothing or kneading strokes, aromatherapy, and heat.
- Regular massage is most useful to help relieve stress.