Massage Therapy Provided by Your Manhattan Chiropractor
A chiropractic office does more than just perform spinal alignments. Our New York chiropractor, Balanced Health Medical, serves the 10022 zip code and surrounding area by providing treatments such as massage therapy. Although a massage doesn't sound like it has a true medical purpose, massage therapy promotes recovery while decreasing pain.
How Massage Therapy Differs From a Traditional Massage
A traditional massage like one performed in a spa doesn't target muscles and tissue deep within the body. The maneuvers used target only the superficial portion of the muscles. Generally, a standard massage is used to relieve stress and tension. A massage therapy session consists of a professional massage therapist performing a deep tissue massage, which reaches deep within the tissue. The therapy will reduce your stress while also serving a vital role in reducing your pain and promoting a more effective recovery. You'll notice the massage therapist will use different maneuvers than a standard masseuse does. For instance, the massage therapist may knead in a rhythmic format. The therapist may use long strokes that help remove fluid from the injured or painful area.
Benefits of Massage Therapy
Massage therapy targets the muscle and other soft tissue in order to relieve your pain. Many of the motions aid in loosening tight muscles. Certain maneuvers such as longitudinal glides assist in removing excess fluid from the area, which will relieve swelling. By lessening the amount of fluid retention you have in the area, you'll notice your amount of pain will decrease. Another benefit of massage therapy is that it optimizes blood flow. When more blood reaches the injured area, it means more nutrients are reaching the area. Many of the nutrients flowing through your blood are necessary for the healing process. The massage has the potential to increase your range of motion and flexion in the area, which benefits your recovery as well as your daily life. When you have less pain, you'll be able to start exercise therapy sooner. In some cases, we'll perform the massage prior to your therapy, so the exercises are more comfortable and you're able to perform them more optimally.
Conditions We Treat with Massage Therapy
Our chiropractor advises patients to undergo massage therapy for various conditions and injuries. Generally, it's used in conjunction with other therapies in order to reduce pain and help in the recovery process. Our chiropractic experts serve the 10022 area and surrounding region to reduce pain in patients who have conditions like arthritis, degenerative disc disease, and fibromyalgia.
Using massage therapy, our chiropractor has the ability to ease some uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms such as sciatica, back pain, anxiety, migraines, and depression. The massage has the ability to relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve. It also will relieve your back pain because massage will reduce the amount of tension in your back. By relieving your stress, the massage has the potential to help with mood swings, anxiety, and depression that are all associated with pregnancy. Keep in mind, stress does have an effect on your unborn child, so you should reduce it as much as possible. The massage stimulates blood flow, so more blood reaches everywhere in your body and the baby's body. During pregnancy, you may suffer from a condition known as preeclampsia, which is a term used to describe high blood pressure related to pregnancy. A massage reduces your blood pressure, which will benefit your condition.
We treat patients who've sustained an injury such as a sprain using massage therapy. The treatment helps the person to heal better and quicker. Plus, it has the potential to reduce pain and swelling. If you have any type of nerve issue, the massage will relieve some of your symptoms since the tissue could be irritating nearby nerves, especially the sciatic nerve. We treat patients who've suffered a sports-related, work-related or other personal injuries using massage therapy.
What to Expect During a Massage Therapy Appointment
The first part of your appointment consists of our chiropractor conducting a physical examination and possibly conducting an x-ray. We'll retrieve information about your medical history. Then, our chiropractor will create a program centered around your needs that may be comprised of massage therapy. During this time, our chiropractor makes sure you don't have any health problems that could interfere with your massage therapy session. Our chiropractor may alter the treatment if necessary to ensure your safety.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Manhattan Chiropractor
Schedule an appointment for massage therapy to relieve your pain and discomfort. Contact us at Balanced Health Medical, serving Manhattan and the surrounding New York area, by calling (212) 755-1717.