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Therapeutic Medical Massage

When it comes a massage, you have many different options. Whether you want a relaxation massage or a massage for a specific purpose, like a pregnancy massage or a massage for a sports injury, Therapeutic Medical Massage can help. In addition to our various massage types, we also have add-on benefits. One of the more common add-on massage types includes the hot stone massage. Below, we’ll go over some of the hot stone massage benefits while discussing who should and shouldn’t receive a hot stone massage.

What is Hot Stone Massage

A hot stone massage uses stones to aid in your overall massage experience. Some consider a hot stone massage as an in-between of a Swedish massage and deep tissue massage because you get the relaxation that comes from a Swedish massage while easing tension in the muscles and deep tissue of your body like a deep tissue massage does. Your massage therapist puts stones at various points on your body and moves them around to help you relax while easing any tension. Some of the areas include the spine, the stomach, the chest, or even your face. Sometimes, the use of cold stones follow to cool down the skin after a hot stone massage.

Ease Muscles

When heat penetrates your muscles, it helps to relax them. So with a hot stone massage, the stones help relax your muscles because of increased blood flow. As an additional benefit, you may experienced increased flexibility following a hot stone massage. And, if you experience more muscle pain, you may also benefit from hot and cold stones during a massage.

Reduces Stress and Anxiety

Everyone feels stress and anxiety at different times in their lives. If you want a way to forget about any stress and anxiety in your life, any type of massage can help. Because of the pathways unlocked during a massage, it helps people feel better overall.

May Improve Sleep

Letting go of worries helps improve your sleep each night. With stress and anxiety reduced through a massage, it may also improve the quality of your sleep.

Who Shouldn’t Have Hot Stone Massages

While a hot stone massage sounds relaxing, some people shouldn’t get one because of their health. If you have diabetes, take a blood thinner, recently had surgery, or have diabetes, you shouldn’t receive a hot stone massage. If you have any of those, talk to Aruna to see what kind of massage will work best for you.

If you want a way to take your massage to the next level, a hot stone massage may help. However, certain people shouldn’t have a hot stone massage for health reasons. The best way to know if a hot stone massage is by talking over your health history with Aruna during your pre-massage appointment. Be honest during this conversation, as withholding information may hurt your health overall. If you’re looking for a way to incorporate extra relaxation in your massage, turn to the hot stone massage at Therapeutic Medical Massage. Contact the office to schedule your appointment now.

If you’ve recently had any type of surgery, you may be looking for additional ways to feel better during recovery. Of course, following all post-op orders from your doctor is the quickest way to heal properly. But, through doctor approval, massage may also play a part in your recovery. In fact, many turn to massage after surgery to further alleviate any post-op pain they feel. Below, we’ll go through some of the perks of doctor-approved massage after surgery.

Decreases Swelling

Many people report swelling after surgery. In fact, swelling is one of the more common side effects of surgery. Depending on when your doctor allows you to receive a massage after surgery, you can decrease the likelihood of swelling. During a massage, your massage therapist rubs and strokes different areas of your body. Through those strokes, blood flow increases. An increased blood flow helps rid your body of anything that shouldn’t be in there. Lymphatic massages help many people reduce their swelling after surgery.

Improve Movement and Flexibility

Depending on the type of surgery, movement and flexibility may be limited after surgery. For some, that might not be a big deal. For others, especially athletes, they’ll want that movement and flexibility back as soon as possible. Either way, getting movement back to where it was before surgery is crucial to the healing process. Massage after surgery achieves those results.

Reduces Post-Operative Pain

Overall, you may feel pain after surgery. Depending on the type of surgery and your pain tolerance, feelings of pain after surgery vary. If you have a lot of pain after surgery and want to limit your opioid intake, your doctor may approve massage. Massage activates airways and increases blood flow. Through those, you begin to feel better and experience less pain. Additionally, during your massage, you have the option of including essential oils. The essentials oils may not help with pain, but they may help you relax more overall. After all, relaxation is a key component in a successful recovery.

Prevent Scar Tissue Buildup

Many people worry about scar tissue development after surgery. Scar tissue is a thick tissue that overtakes healthy tissue as a result of an injury. Unfortunately, scar tissue is a common result of surgery. Symptoms of scar tissue includes swelling, redness, and itchiness.

With a massage after surgery, you help reduce the amount of scar tissue build up. During a massage, the surgical site is rubbed and smoothed. Those motions increase blood flow to the affected area. It allows important nutrients to make their way to the surgical site. Increased blood flow and better nutrients help prevent the development of scar tissue.

Through massage after surgery, you may speed up the recovery process. However, you don’t want to rush the recovery. Otherwise, you may cause further injury. At Therapeutic Medical Massage, we work alongside you to return to life before your surgery and know that massage helps. If you’ve recently had surgery and received doctor approval, let us help. Contact the office to schedule your appointment now.

Do you find your spinal reflexes differ from those around you? For whatever reason, sometimes your spinal reflexes get out of whack with the rest of your body. If you find this happens to you, turn to Therapeutic Medical Massage. We offer Spinal Reflex Therapy. This therapeutic massage is designed to counteract any symptoms you may experience related to nerve, muscular pain, skeletal pain, or dysfunction. Read on to learn more about spinal reflex therapy.

What is Spinal Reflex Therapy

Spinal reflex therapy isn’t a specific type of massage. Instead, it works to reduce symptoms of Spondylogenic Reflex Syndrome. This disorder affects many different areas of your body, making it hard to find a comprehensive treatment. That’s where spinal reflex therapy helps. Through specific techniques, this therapy works to “reset” the body to provide relief from your symptoms. After each session, patients report less pain than those who don’t receive spinal reflex therapy.

Overall, Spondylogenic Reflex Syndrome is a fancy way of saying you have pain in your muscles and soft tissues of your body. The pain can be something that recurs or happens on a sudden basis. Either way, the pain causes a tensing of the muscles which affects your life in a negative way.

Who Benefits from Spinal Reflex Therapy

Anyone who experiences pain can benefit from spinal reflex therapy. We work from the neck down to pinpoint the area experiencing pain. We also talk before your appointment to see where you think the pain manifests. It’s important to answer all the questions honestly during the pre-appointment talk. Aruna will use the answers to determine the right treatment for you.

The upside to spinal reflex therapy is that it’s for anyone. It doesn’t matter your age or medical history. If you’re looking for a temporary form of pain relief, turn to spinal reflex therapy.

While spinal reflex therapy is a great therapy if you’re looking for a temporarily relief from pain. Unfortunately, there is no overall cure for Spondylogenic Reflex Syndrome. However, using specific therapies and treatments helps to keep the symptoms at bay for longer periods of time.

What Caused My Pain?

The start of Spondylogenic Reflex Syndrome is hard to pinpoint in different people. So, there’s no real way to tell what the disorder. However, we do know the spinal reflex therapy provides temporary pain relief. Additionally, some of the complications of the disorder go away with spinal reflex therapy.

Some of the pain associated with Spondylogenic Reflex Syndrome includes chronic and acute pain, and balance problems. Also, if you want to increase range of motion or speed up recovery from any kind of injury, spinal reflex therapy may help.

Help get your bodily reflexes in line again with spinal reflex therapy. At Therapeutic Medical Massage, we work with you to learn your symptoms and provide tools that work. Whether you need a massage for a specific medical problem or as a way to relax, let us help. Contact the office to schedule an appointment now.