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*Physician Prescribed Manual Therapy

 A system of manually applied techniques designed to reduce pain, establish normal tissue tension, create a positive tissue environment and to normalize the movement of the musculoskeletal system. PPMT (Physician Prescribed Manual Therapy) is a result oriented treatment that is specifically designed to resolve conditions that have been diagnosed and prescribed by a Physician or other Licensed Health Care Provider. PPMT may also include techniques such as Neuromuscular Re-education, Trigger Point Work, etc. PPMT is manual therapy to the PRIMARY area of the client's chief complaint. The PPMT protocol involves several progressive steps or stages of treatment that attempt to correct abnormal conditions affecting the joint complex.

 

Medical Massage

 This type of massage focuses on treatments of injuries, pathologies and rehabilitation. The target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, joints, or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels, or organs of the gastrointestinal system. Very often sessions may include other manual therapy techniques as well.

 

*John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Approach - Manual Medical Therapy

 The fascia (a very densely woven, covering that also interpenetrates every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein, as well as, all of our internal organs including the heart, lungs, brain and spinal cord) surrounds every cell in the body, and when it loses its pliability due to trauma (physical or emotional), it hardens and compresses underlying tissues. This prevents the tissue from functioning at its maximum potential. JFB Myofascial Release techniques allow the fascia to release and disengage from the underlying tissue, which in turn improves function.

 

The therapist's responsibility is not to force change , but allow for subtle, yet very effective MFR releases. It is a whole body approach, not a fragmented approach. In other words, everything is connected and is treated as such. It certainly brings to mind the expression, "sometimes less is more." LEARN MORE ABOUT JB MFR HERE

 

Trigger Point Therapy

 A trigger point is an area of a muscle that refers pain sensations to other parts of the body. Trigger Point Therapy applies pressure to these points in order to deactivate them leading to immediate release of tension and improved muscular functioning. This work is based upon the trigger point research and manuals of Dr. Janet Travell, President Kennedy’s personal physician. Sometimes this work is incorporated into other styles of massage therapy such as neuromuscular therapy (NMT.) See Separate Article on Trigger Point Therapy. This work is only done by our Advanced Medical Massage Therapists.

 

Neuromuscular Therapy

 Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) is used for pain relief and specific problems. Structural and postural imbalances are identified through an initial postural assessment. These are then addressed through systematic and site specific massage. There are five principles to Neuromuscular Therapy: Postural Distortion, Biomechanical Dysfunctions, Trigger Points, Nerve Compression/Entrapment, Ischemia. This work is only done by our Advanced Massage Therapists.

 

Myofascial Release - Direct

 Myofascial release refers to the manual massage technique for stretching the fascia (a complex supportive web throughout the body that affects all components of the musculoskeletal, nervous and visceral systems) then releasing bonds between fascia, integument and muscles with the goal of eliminating pain, increasing range of motion and equilibrioception. Myofascial release usually involves applying shear compression or tension in various directions or by skin rolling. It is used to evaluate and treat restrictions in the body's connective tissue. Myofascial release can be used to treat chronic pain, injuries, general aches and pains. Plantar Fasciitis, Myofascial Pain Disorder and Fibromyalgia are common conditions treated with Myofascial Release. This work is only done by our Advanced Massage Therapists.

 

*Manual Lymph Drainage

 MLD, is a gentle lymphatic massage technique used to clear up blockages in the lymphatic system allowing lymph to flow more freely. The lymphatic system is a series of ducts, nodes and organs that balances the body's fluid levels. It also supplies the body with important immune cells. When this system becomes blocked, swelling the blocked area occurs. The therapy is used to treat a variety of conditions such as lymphedema, burns, fluid retention, lymph node removal, allergies, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic mastitis, and headaches. During a Manual Lymphatic Drainage session the therapist works on the skin directly with no massage lotion or oil. The patient may stay fully dressed.

 

Oncology Massage

 Offers a beneficial touch to cancer patients without making their conditions worse. The focus of oncology massage is generally on creating a gentle, nurturing environment for the patient, allowing the patient to relax.

 

Breast Massage

 Massaging the breast tissue, once thought to be too sexual in nature, now is a treatment for the prevention and treatment of breast cancer. The ribs under the breasts and along the sides of the breast need to be cleared of toxin buildup. The sternum, clavicle and armpit area are addressed to facilitate lymph flow. Massage can also be used to assist in recovery of mastectomies and breast surgeries. See Article on Proactive Self Care for Breast Health

 

Swedish Massage Therapy

 This is the most common type of massage therapy in the United States. A collection of techniques designed for relaxation, using massage oils and long, slow strokes. Many of the therapeutic effects include increased circulation, increased flexibility, removal of lactic acid and toxins, relaxes nervous system, and stimulates the skin. Techniques can be modified to treat injuries and muscular related problems.

 

*Aromatherapy Massage

 Aromatherapy massage is massage therapy with the addition of one or more scented plant oils called essential oils to address specific needs. The massage therapist can select oils that are relaxing, energizing, stress-reducing, balancing, etc. One of the most common essential oils used in aromatherapy massage is lavender. Aromatherapy massage is particularly suited to stress-related conditions or conditions with an emotional component.

 

* Hot Soothing Stone Massage

 Heated, smooth stones are placed on certain points on the body to warm and loosen tight muscles and balance energy centers in the body. The massage therapist may also hold stones and apply gentle pressure with them. The warmth is comforting. Hot stone massage is good for people who have muscle tension but prefer lighter massage. We use the stones as extensions of our hands and make sure not only that the stones are used, but our hand strokes compliment them.

 

Deep Tissue Massage

 Deep tissue massage targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. The massage therapist uses slower strokes or friction techniques across the grain of the muscle. Deep tissue massage is used for chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or recovery from injury. People often feel sore for one to two days after deep tissue massage.

 

Pregnancy Massage

 Yes, we have those special tables with removable belly and breast recesses!

Massage therapists who are certified in pregnancy massage know the proper way to position and support the woman's body during the massage, and how to modify techniques. Pregnancy massage is used to reduce stress, decrease swelling, relieve aches and pains, and reduce anxiety and depression. The following guidelines have been established by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. A woman in any of these categories should obtain a release from her primary care provider before receiving a massage. 1) The pregnancy is high risk, i.e., the mother has used fertility methods to get pregnant or has had difficulty getting pregnant naturally, 2) She has miscarried in the first trimester of previous pregnancies, 3) She has a cardiac disorder (heart or pulmonary problems), 4) She has a history of problems in pregnancy, 5) There is a multiple pregnancy (twins, triplets, etc.), 6) The mother is under age 20 or over 35, 7) The mother has asthma, 8) The mother has been exposed to illegal drugs. Only our therapists with additional training in Pre-natal Massage will work on Pregnant woman with pain.

 

Reflexology

 Reflexology involves applying pressure to certain points on the foot that correspond to organs and systems in the body. Reflexology is very relaxing, especially for people who stand on their feet all day or just have tired, achy feet. Specific thumb movements are utilized.

 

Sports Massage

 Sports massage is specifically designed for people who are involved in physical activity. However, you don't have to be a professional athlete to have one-it's also used by people who are active and work out often. The focus isn't on relaxation but on preventing and treating injury and enhancing athletic performance. A combination of techniques is used. The strokes are generally faster than Swedish massage. Facilitated stretching is a common technique. It helps to loosen muscles and increase flexibility.

 

*Homeopathy Massage

 Homeopathy means to treat with something that produces an effect similar to the suffering. Remedies are made with diluted mixtures of plant substances that when given full strength may cause the problem or imbalance. The higher the dilution the stronger the remedy. Symptoms are the attempts of the body to heal itself. Repressing them with drug therapy causes the root cause to remain. Homeopathy is not the same as Naturopathic Medicine. Our homeopathic massage oil contains eight different remedies at a 30x strength. Each of the remedies helps relieve discomfort from pain stemming from various causes.

 

*Ashiatsu Barefoot Deep Tissue Therapy

 (Ashi means foot and atsu means pressure) is a massage technique that dates back as far as the 12th century. Massaging the body with the feet is a hallmark of bodywork throughout India, Japan, China, Thailand, Africa and the Philippines. In today’s more Americanized version of Barefoot Ashiatsu, the therapist uses an overhead system of hand-held bars for balance. Clean, soft feet will apply deep compression and long flowing strokes to bring about structural change in chronically tight muscle tissue, while invoking a state of deep relaxation.

 

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