Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy Specialist
Dating back more than 4,000 years, massage could well be called one of the world’s first hands-on therapeutic techniques. Today, massage therapy is arguably more relevant than ever, particularly when it’s used in combination with chiropractic care: Both are designed to minimize pain, ease tension, improve circulation, and reduce stress. Dr. Max Heller and his first-rate team at City Chiropractic and Wellness, located in Midtown Manhatten, offers well-rounded, comprehensive health care, including massage therapy, to patients in the New York City area.

Massage Therapy Q & A

City Chiropractic And Wellness

What is Massage Therapy?

Therapeutic massage involves the manipulation of your skin, muscles, tendons, and ligaments (also known as your soft tissues) through rubbing, kneading, pressing. Because it takes many aspects of your health into account, it’s considered a whole-person, holistic therapy. Massage comes in many forms, ranging from those that involve light, gentle strokes to those that use deep, kneading pressure.

How Does Massage Work?

The manipulation of soft tissues stimulates the transmission of electrical signals, both in the area that’s being massaged, as well as throughout your body. Combined with the healing power of touch, these signals help alleviate tension and pain, create a sense of calm, stimulate circulation, heal muscle damage, and activate your lymphatic system to clear waste products. Massage also prompts the release of endorphins and reduces stress hormone levels.

What are Some Common Massage Techniques?

There are roughly 100 different techniques of massage and bodywork, and each one is designed to meet certain needs or achieve specific goals.

Common massage techniques include:

  • Swedish Massage - This popular technique uses kneading, deep circular movements, long strokes, vibration, and tapping to enhance circulation, relaxation, and energy.
  • Deep Tissue Massage - This technique uses slow, forceful strokes to target deep muscle and connective tissue; it’s often used to help heal traumatic muscle damage or release chronic muscular tension.
  • Sports Massage - This technique is used to boost athletic performance by preparing muscles and joints for activity, or to help athletes recover from the stress and strain of intense activity.
  • Trigger Point Massage - By focusing on tight muscle fibers caused by injury or overuse, this technique is used to alleviate muscle spasms and pain.
  • Rolfing - Like chiropractic care, rolfing is used to realign the body so it functions better. It involves applying pressure to connective tissue to lengthen it and make it more flexible.
  • Prenatal Massage - This technique addresses the soft tissue needs that arise during pregnancy; it’s only performed by qualified therapists.

What are the Benefits of Massage?

Although having just one massage can leave you feeling relaxed and energized, the benefits of regular massage therapy can go much further. Making massage a routine part of your health and wellness routine can help:

  • Reduce chronic inflammation
  • Improve muscle tone, range of motion, and joint function
  • Improve circulation and digestion
  • Provide chronic pain relief
  • Reduce anxiety and improve sleep
  • Reduce headaches or migraines
  • Boost immune system function

Therapeutic massage is also an excellent complementary therapy to chiropractic care. When used together, each technique enhances the other to promote healing more efficiently and effectively. 

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