Medical massage usually addresses some kind of physical impairment. Many of our patients are looking for relief from headaches, neck pain, and TMJ pain. Low back and hip pain are other common complaints. Some patients come because they have numbness and tingling in their fingers. Others experience no pain, but cannot turn their head or lift their arm. Many have multiple issues. Once our massage therapist has completed your evaluation and begun treatment, special techniques will be utilized to help alleviate the condition. Afterwards, one or more exercises may be suggested to help the therapy progress. If the condition had been developing over a long period of time, additional follow-up sessions will be recommended. The goals of medical massage include:
Most people feel very relaxed. Many experience relief from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, reduced stress, heightened awareness, and greater productivity which can last for days.
No, you do not have to completely undress. There are many modalities where our clients remain completely clothed. The client remains covered with sheets, blankets and/or towels throughout the massage treatment session. Undressing to one’s own level of comfort is suggested. We are able to work through clothing, bathing suits, bike shorts, yoga pants and tank tops easily. Heavy fabrics such as thick sweaters and jeans do tend to lessen our ability to palpate soft tissue.
Poor posture, stress, overuse of muscles and prolonged immobility are perpetuating factors of myofascial pain and need to be evaluated and corrected. We assess the ergonomics of your work and home activities and make suggestions for changes. Impaired sleep, postural imbalances, allergies, and other issues relevant to muscular health are addressed. These and other causes are discussed during treatment in order to obtain lasting relief from pain.
They are established by the trauma that occurs during injury from accidents, sports, occupations and disease. They can also be caused by long term or repetitive strain on muscles from poor ergonomics, posture and repetitive movements. Physical or emotional stress frequently aggravates trigger points. Myofascial pain accounts for as much as 85% of the pain people suffer from. Acute and chronic myofascial pain due to trigger points is a very common condition.
Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points.
The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up in others.
The meridians can be influenced by needling the acupuncture points; the acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions at the dams, and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians.
The scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either alter the experience of pain or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture causes the body to accelerate its natural healing abilities, and promotes physical and emotional well-being.
Usually not. As energy is redirected in the body, internal chemicals and hormones are stimulated and healing begins to take place. On occasion, the original symptoms worsen for a few days, or other general changes in appetite, sleep, bowel or urination patterns, or emotional state may be triggered. These should not cause concern, as they are simply indications that the acupuncture is starting to work. It is quite common with the first one or two treatments to have a sensation of deep relaxation or even mild disorientation immediately following the treatment. These pass within a short time, and never require anything more than a bit of rest to overcome. Occasionally the needling process can leave small temporary marks or bruises at the site of insertion.
People experience acupuncture needling differently. Most patients feel only minimal pain as the needles are inserted. Some feel no pain at all. Once the needles are in place, there is no pain felt. Acupuncture needles are very thin and solid and are made from stainless steel. The point is smooth (not hollow with cutting edges like a hypodermic needle) and insertion through the skin is not as painful as injections or blood sampling. The risk of bruising and skin irritation is less than when using a hollow needle.
Yes. In the past 2,000 years, more people have been successfully treated with acupuncture than with all other health modalities combined. Today, acupuncture is practiced more and more by patients and physicians. Acupuncture treatments can be given at the same time other techniques are being used, such as conventional Western medicine, osteopathic or chiropractic adjustments. *It is important that your acupuncturist knows about any other treatment you are currently doing, so he or she can help you get the most benefit from all your treatments.
We request the courtesy of a 24-hour notice if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment. This allows us to reschedule the time for other valued clients. All cancellations received without at least 24-hour notice will be subject to a fee of the total cost of the appointment.