Massage therapy is more than just a way to relax. It’s a naturopathic solution for non-healing injuries and chronic pain. At Superior Physical Medicine in Yorba Linda, California, Kevin Shaevitz, DC, and his physical medicine team offer Graston Technique®, Active Release Technique (ART)®, deep tissue, sports, relaxation, and other therapeutic massages to reduce pain, relieve tension, and stimulate healing naturally. If you live in Yorba Linda or the Anaheim Hills area, book your next appointment by phone or online today.
Massage Therapy Q & A
What is massage therapy?
Massage therapy uses manual soft tissue manipulation to optimize musculoskeletal function, relieve stress and anxiety, reduce chronic pain and inflammation, and stimulate healing. Physical medicine specialists at Superior Physical Medicine often use massage in conjunction with other integrative therapies to optimize your outcome.
How can massage therapy be helpful?
Your physical medicine specialist might recommend massage therapy to relieve one or more of the following:
- Back or neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Headaches or migraines
- Chronic pain and stress
- Decreased mobility
- Limited range of motion
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Other sports-related injuries
- Arthritis pain
- Posture problems
- Muscle spasms or tension
Massage is useful for promoting relaxation too. It’s holistic healing benefits may help you avoid addictive pain medications or invasive surgical procedures.
What are the different types of massage therapy?
Some of the numerous types of massage therapy available at Superior Physical Medicine include:
Deep tissue massage
Your massage therapist uses deep tissue massage to target deep soft tissue layers and accelerate healing.
Sports massage targets specific sports-related injuries to speed up your body’s natural healing response, relieve pain, and get you back out on the field or court quickly.
Trigger point massage
Trigger point massage places pressure on tight, painful muscle fibers that often result because of overuse or other injuries.
The Graston Technique utilizes instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization to dig deep into soft tissues, relieve pain, and promote natural healing.
ART, or Active Release Technique, targets your body’s deepest muscle layers to release tension in stressed tissues. It helps your muscles and body relax.
Relaxation massage can improve your mood and relieve chronic stress or anxiety. Your massage therapist might use Swedish massage techniques or a combination of different messages, depending on your individual needs and preferences.
Is massage therapy right for me?
To determine if you’re a good candidate for massage therapy, your physical medicine specialist reviews your symptoms, discusses your medical history, and completes a physical exam. They might use X-rays, other imaging tests, or blood tests to diagnose the cause of chronic pain and develop a treatment plan.
In addition to massage therapy, your provider may also suggest:
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Physical therapy
- Joint injections
- Regenerative medicine
- Spinal traction-decompression
- Medical weight loss
- Dietary changes
- Homeopathic supplements
- Other holistic treatments
When you’re ready for stress and muscle tension relief, less chronic pain, and faster healing after an injury, consider massage therapy with the experts at Superior Physical Medicine. Book an appointment by phone or online today.