Massage therapy enhances our fitness therapy system, providing clients with additional well-being and aid.
We believe massage therapy plays an important role in the overall health and well-being of our clients, and our certified massage therapists develop individual treatment protocols for each client, addressing their specific needs and goals. For clients participating in our fitness therapy program, the massage therapist and fitness therapist coordinate their treatment protocols to maximize client benefit.
Massage therapy is proven to relieve pain, decreasing the need for pain medication. It may also provide overall relaxation, remove or reduce anxiety and depression, and may temporarily reduce blood pressure, blood sugar and heart rate. It can also improve quality of sleep, increase circulation in the lymphatic and venous systems, release endorphins, and identify, reduce and prevent scar tissue. Massage therapy improves mobility and range of motion while reducing muscle tension.
Clients that suffer from traumatic brain injury enjoy not only the benefit of overall relaxation, but relief from chronic headache.
For clients with spinal cord injuries, massage therapy focuses on locating and reducing or removing myofascial restrictions (fascia is soft tissue enabling smooth movement between muscle, skin and bones) from an accident impact or immobility associated with recovery.
Massage therapy can help create functional scarring (removing restricting scar tissue that impedes muscle movement), relieving the pain associated with scar tissue. Soft tissue work can reduce and sometimes eliminate chronic pain and can help increase mobility and overall range of motion.
For paraplegic or quadriplegic clients, additional benefits are available from massage therapy. Soft tissue work on the affected limbs can significantly improve lymphatic and venous circulation, while reducing hypercontraction (shrinkage or atrophy of length) of muscles, reduced blood supply, and muscle spasms. Range of motion can be increased and problems with posture relieved. Core work on the chest and abdomen can aid digestive processes and improve respiratory capacity. Muscle fatigue and hypertonicity (overworked or overtoned muscles) can be addressed and relieved in extremities.
Our certified massage therapists focus on therapeutic massage techniques tailored to each client’s specific needs. We believe the benefits of massage therapy are particularly valuable to our adaptive needs clientele. Additionally, more and more physicians are seeing the benefits of massage therapy and are therefore prescribing it to their patients as a means of improving quality of life. Our staff works closely with healthcare providers to ensure safe, individualized treatment protocols are developed and implemented.
If you have questions about ways in which massage therapy can help you or a loved one needing fitness therapy, and how it fits into the fitness therapy program, please call us at (248) 792-3633.