What is massage therapy?

What is massage therapy?

Massage therapy involves the manual mobilization of muscles, soft tissues, tendons and ligaments to enhance a person’s and well being. Most patients get a massage to relax, reduce stress, and relieve muscle soreness.

Every therapist uses a different method or techinique, but all therapists use their hands during the massage. They will occasionally use their forearms and elbows to administer a deep tissue massage.

The type of massage you get will be prescribed by Dr. Malakian and designed to your personal needs. While some massage therapists can offer many types of massages at spas or massage parlors, our office requires certification to perform specific types of massages because the massage has a specific purpose as explained below.

Swedish massage. The most common type of massage today, is aimed to relax your muscles. The massage therapist applies pressure to your muscles and rubs in the same direction as your blood flows. The therapist stimulates the blood in the area by using their hands, fingers, forearms or elbows to knead, stroke, vibrate and tap the area.

Trigger point. This type of massage pinpoints areas that tend to radiate pain beyond the pain site. The therapist applies pressure to the area where the pain is strong, from a few seconds to a few minutes.

Deep tissue massage. The therapist massages the area with deep pressure to untangle knots and tension from stress and discomfort.

Shiatsu. This massage originated in Japan. The therapist uses his or her thumbs, fingers and palms on the main acupressure points.

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