Massage therapy is the perfect complement to chiropractic care. By focusing on the manipulation of soft tissue — muscles, tendons, and ligaments — we use massage to relieve pain, decrease stress, promote flexibility, and increase the body’s natural healing functions.
Massage therapy is a widely practiced modality that trained professionals use to relax muscles, reduce soreness, prevent injuries, induce positive physical and emotional health, and treat new and reoccurring problems. The source of complications that most patients have are a result of injuries, lack of use (sedentary lifestyle), old age, genetics, or unhealthy lifestyle habits – such as excessive periods of sitting or misuse (i.e. improper lifting techniques). Massage Therapy is a great tool to help alleviate or eliminate most of these issues.
Why Massage Therapy?
Patients often prefer massage therapy due to its invasive nature and the link between physical and mental improvements. Trained professionals, such as Dr. Leo Potetti, assess an individual patient’s ailments and determine whether massage therapy is the correct modality. If it is deemed the proper form of treatment, a patient can expect multiple sessions that can gradually increase physical complications and also benefit a person’s emotional health.
The procedure involves having the patient sit or lie down while a trained professional applies precise levels of pressure to the specific areas of skin, muscle, ligaments and tissues that are causing the problems. The amount of pressure applied in conjunction with distinct movements along the outer skin can penetrate deep into muscle tissue and reach the underlying source of pain or discomfort. This helps relax muscles and diminish knots, allowing for much better circulation of blood flow and oxygen flow throughout the entire body. This improved circulation also ties directly to the release of “feel good” chemicals being released in the brain.
Healing the Mind
Not only is massage therapy a great tool for physical ailments, it’s also a highly successful modality for promoting positive mental and emotional health.
While the basis of this treatment is to mitigate pain by relaxing muscle and deep tissue, the underlying advantages provide better blood and oxygen flow throughout the body. Increasing circulation will help strengthen and calm a person’s breathing and heart rate, this helps release the “feel good” hormone serotonin and dopamine. The release of these neurotransmitters will give the patient a positive sensation and encourage positive thoughts while boosting a person’s mood.
Because of this secondary benefit, patients often return to massage therapy even after the initial physical ailment has subsided or has been eliminated.