The Healing Benefits of Massage Therapy in Irvine
A massage can certainly be a soothing, relaxing experience -- but it can also play a vital role in optimizing your health and wellness. Here at Dr. Gary Martin, Irvine Chiropractor, we often advise our clients on a wide range of services that provide a natural complement to our chiropractic techniques, including massage.
One reason massage therapy goes so nicely with chiropractic adjustment as part of a total health and wellness plan is because of its ability to loosen tight muscles. The more relaxed the muscles, the easier it is to administer comfortable, effective adjustments, sometimes over fewer sessions. Both techniques are natural, non-invasive, drug-free methods that activate or facilitate the body's own innate healing processes and also relieve pain and stiffness while addressing a wide range of other physical complaints. By putting multiple healing methods to work simultaneously, you can experience a synergy that allows each method to make maximum impact on your well-being.
Our Irvine Massage Therapists Techniques Include
There’s more to massage than you might think, with different techniques producing different results.
Traditional Swedish massage, the most widely known variety, uses light, circular strokes that relax muscles and stimulate blood flow close to the skin's surface. This form of massage can be useful for promoting stress relief, reducing pain and swelling in tissues, and taking superficial tension out of muscles.
Deep tissue massage is a more intense experience, with stronger strokes meant to stimulate and relax deeper muscles and connective tissues. This can be very useful for patients who suffer from injuries and adhesion, clumps of scar tissue that inhibit normal muscle movement.
Trigger point therapy is yet another form of deep massage. This method addresses deep-held knots of muscle tissue that refer pain signals to other parts of the body. This makes trigger point therapy highly useful for the treatment of old injuries and chronic pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia.
Certain massage techniques can prove especially effective for specific types of patients. Pregnant women, for instance, can benefit tremendously from prenatal massage -- and so can their developing babies. Gentle massage techniques can relieve many of the uncomfortable symptoms associated with pregnancy, such as lower back pain, neck pain, headaches, and swelling of the hands or feet. Additionally, a modality known as the Webster technique can help ensure that your pelvic alignment is normal, which helps ensure an easier delivery. Athletes can enjoy better performance when they undergo a vigorous sports massage to relax tight muscle groups. For senior patients, a combination of light massage and gentle stretching exercises can reduce age-related aches and pains while boosting both circulation and mood.
Chiropractic Care Complemented by Massage Therapy
If you're interested in learning more about how massage, chiropractic care, and other natural healing methods can work together for your benefit, contact Dr. Gary Martin, Irvine Chiropractor today at (949) 559-7999.
We'll be happy to evaluate your condition and suggest the right combination of therapies for your needs.