Massage therapy is an excellent, pharmaceutical-free method to reduce pain and promote overall relaxation and wellness. Waco Integrated Medical, in Woodway, Texas, keeps licensed and experienced massage therapists on staff to provide customized massage therapy as part of overall treatment plans for conditions ranging from migraines to low back pain. If you’re interested in the benefits of massage therapy, call Waco Integrated Medical or schedule an appointment online today.
Massage is a manual therapy that releases tension and trigger points in your muscles and connective tissue. A trained and licensed massage therapist who has in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology as well as different massage techniques performs the therapy.
Massage ranges from gentle, relaxing strokes to deep tissue and fascia work. Your massage therapist uses their hands, arms, and elbows as well as tools to work into your muscles and connective tissue to release tension, break up trigger points, and help you relax.
While you may associate massage with relaxation and as a way to treat yourself, the team at Waco Integrated Medical include massage in treatment plans for a wide range of conditions including:
Massage can also help reduce stress and improve your overall sense of well-being. It helps boost your circulation and can lower your blood pressure.
During the massage, you usually undress to your own comfort level and lie on a treatment table under soft sheets or blankets. A massage table has a cushioned donut-shaped face rest that allows you to lie flat on your front without twisting your neck. When you lie on your back, your therapist may provide a bolster under your knees to reduce tension on your lower back.
Your massage therapist asks about any pain or specific concerns you have and may confirm some details from your doctor or physical therapist. Often, massage therapists use an oil or lotion to reduce friction on your skin while they rub your muscles.
Depending on your specific needs, your therapist may focus on one part of your body, or they may provide a full body massage from your head to your toes.
Massage provides many physical, emotional, and mental benefits. For example, it releases tension in your muscles and releases trigger points, which reduces pain and improves your flexibility and range of motion. It also improves your circulation, helping your cardiovascular system move blood throughout your body, which supports the healing process and overall body function. Massage also helps you mentally unwind and let go of the thoughts and anxieties that can lead to painful tension throughout your body.
If you’re interested in massage therapy or want to know how it could fit into your treatment plan, call Waco Integrated Medical or make an appointment online today.