Chiropractor - LaGrange
1505 Lafayette Pkwy. 
LaGrange, GA 30241

What is massage therapy?

Theraputic massage involves the manipulation of the soft tissue structures of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, muscle spasm, and stress; and, to promote health and wellness. Massage therapy improves functioning of the circulatory, lymphatic, muscular, skeletal, and nervous system and may improve the rate at which the body recovers from injury and illness. Massage involves holding, causing movement of the soft tissue, and/or applying pressure to the body. 

Massage Benefits: 10 Reasons to Make an Appointment

1. Relives stress

2. Increase circulation

3. Regulates blood pressure

4. Rehabilitates injuries

5. Improves range of motion and flexibility

6. Flushes and clears toxins

7. Releases endorphins

8. Enhances your immune system

9. Lessen depression and anxiety

10. Relaxes and recharges your body and mind

Types of Massages

  • Swedish Massage- This is the most common type of massage therapy. Massage therapists use long smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements on superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil. Swedish massage therapy can be very gentle and relaxing.
  • Deep Tissue Massage- Deep tissue massage targest the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. The massage therapist uses slower strokes or friction techniques across the grain of the muscle. Deep tissue massage is used for chronicallly tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or recovery from injury. People often feel sore for one to two days after deep tissue massage.
  • Shiatsu Massage- Shiatsu is a form of Japanese bodywork that uses localized finger pressure in a rhythmic sequence on accupuncture meridians. Each point is held for two to eight seconds to improve the flow of energy and help the body regain balance. People are normally pleasantly surprised when they try shiatsu for the first time. It is relaxing yet the pressure is firm and there is usually no soreness afterwards. 
  • Prenatal Massage- Prenatal massage is becoming increasingly popular with expectant mothers. Massage therapist who are certified in prental massage know the proper way to position and support the woman's body during the massage and how to modify techniques. Prenatal massage is used to reduce stress, decrease swelling, relieve aches and pains, and reduce anxiety and depression.
  • Reflexology- Although reflexology is sometimes called foot massage, it is more than a simple foot massage. Reflexology involves applying pressure to certain points on the foot that correspond to organs and systems in the body. Reflexology is very relaxing, espeically for people who stand on their feet all day or just have tired, achy feet. 
  • Orthopedic Massage- This is a type of massage therapy which is foxued on treating painful conditions which affect the soft tissues of the body. The massage therapist may integrate a range of techniques to treat these conditions, ideally adapting his or her style for each client, as every person's body is slightly different. A therapist who performs orthopedic massage focuses on problems with the cilent's musculoskeletal system. The goal is to normalize the soft tissues of the body, both to treat specific conditions and to keep clients generally healthy and fit. 
  • Trigger Point Therapy- Trigger point therapy is also known as Neuromuscular therapy and applies concentrated finger pressure  to "trigger points" (painful irritated areas in muscles) to break cycles of spasm and pain. It appears that most muscular pains have trigger point that causes the muscle to go into spasms. Trigger point therapy involves placing pressure on that trigger point so that the muscle can relax and the pain can be lessened. The basic idea is that the trigger point which is the source of the pain is not always where the patient feels the pain. The trigger point could be several inches away from the place where they feel the discomfort or pain. It is said that by applying pressure to the actual point of the source the practitioner in turn may be able to control the pain experienced. 
  • Pediatric Massage- Little people suffer from little problems. They experience pain and stress in very much the same way adults do. Nurturing touch is essential for helping children develop into well-adjusted adults, and massage offers a great way to provide safe and nurturing touch therapy. This therapy also provides comfort, relaxation, reduction or stress hormones, and relief from chronic condition such as astma, nausea, constipation and muscle tone in the chest, back, and neck. Immediately after receiving massage, children with mild to moderate juvenile rheumatoid arthitis notice decreased anxiety and stress hormone levels. For young patients with autism or ADHD, pediatric patients with cystic fibrosis report feeling less anxious, and their ability to breathe and pulmonary functions improved. Pediatric massage was also found to have benefit in relieving post-traumatic stress and improving/eliminating torticollis.