Massage isn’t just about unwinding after a long day at the office. It also aids in the process of helping the body heal faster as well as improving overall health and musculoskeletal efficiency. Medical use of massage can be traced back over 5000 years in China. A Neurologist in Philadephia is credited with bringing it into the American medical system in the 1880s. The American Medical Massage Association was formed in 1998 with the sole goal of further integrating massage into the standards accepted by the American Medical Association which guides medical doctors in the United States.
What Makes Medical Massage Different?
Medical Massage isn’t just a fancy name for any massage received at a medical establishment though. Unlike a cruise ship massage or your monthly visit to the spa, Medical Massage is outcome-based. This means that the sole focus is to assist in the recovery from a specific diagnosis as determined by our doctors here in Orlando, FL. And although there are many massage therapy schools here in Central Florida that teach the different techniques, the specific technique AS APPLIED to the condition is what makes Medical Massage so effective at treating various conditions.
With decades of experience blending chiropractic care focused on the joints with Medical Massage focused on the muscular component of injury, we have found at Nightlight Chiropractic in downtown Orlando that patients see the quickest, longest-lasting results when both modalities are used.
Some of the conditions that respond best to Medical Massage therapy include Fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome, rotator cuff syndrome, sciatica, tennis elbow, muscle strains, sports injuries, Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), and headaches. Through massage, toxins can be released from the muscles, circulation can be increased, balance can get better, and flexibility in muscles and connective tissue can be improved. Increasing muscle movement through massage can also help in the healing process of muscle spasms and soft tissue injuries. Medical Massage has also been proven to aid in the recovery of many conditions, including back pain, surgery recovery, sleep and eating disorders, and even high blood pressure and diabetes.
Not Just Reactionary
Along with the benefits listed above, Medical Massage therapy is also a staple in preventative health care. With once-a-month sessions, and with a comprehensive approach including proper nutrition, exercise, and overall chiropractic care, you have a higher chance of relief from stress which leads to preventing injury and disease. Keeping yourself healthy and able to fend off disease will allow you to perform at the top of your game all of the time!
Along with the benefit of stress relief, Medical Massage has been shown to prevent depression and relieve joint and muscle pain. Overall, the goal of massage therapy is to bring the body back to its natural state with increased healing capabilities. Our massage therapists here at Nightlight Chiropractic are all licensed in the State of Florida and have completed over 500 hours of study just to get their licensure. More importantly, our therapists have decades of experience combined with yearly continuing education to keep them on the cutting edge of what it takes to heal patients from a variety of musculoskeletal injuries.