Relief and Relaxation from Therapeutic Massage
If you’re looking for massage therapy in Fort Collins, there’s no place better than Scott Family Health. Our team of medical massage therapy specialists will work with you to precisely target what your body needs.
When most people think of getting a massage, they think of a relaxing spa day with cucumbers on their eyes and a drink in their hand. While it’s true that massages can be soothing, they can also be crucial in keeping your body at peak health levels. They are also known to reduce muscle pain and other discomforts. Medical massage therapy is a proven way to help your body heal from injury and overcome many other conditions.
Medical massage therapy, including deep tissue massage, can ease pain and make it possible to comfortably live your life.
To Relieve pain
Whether you need a massage to treat muscle pain, relieve an injury, or looking for the fast track to recovery, our expert massage therapists at Scott Family Health can assist. During your visit with us, we will get a detailed overview of medical history and help detail the areas of your body where you are experiencing pain and tension. We’ll then deliver effective massage treatment to those regions and get you on the fast track to feeling better.
your therapeutic massage
After we diagnose the area of your body in need of massage therapy, we’ll begin to work in the area that is causing pain or discomfort. To begin the massage, you’ll lie on your back or stomach under a sheet. Our massage therapists will start with lighter touches to prepare the muscles before moving deeper into the targeted areas. When working in difficult areas, our therapist may ask you to breathe to improve the treatment.
Massage therapy isn’t meant to be painful. Still, there may be times when you feel some discomfort or pressure as the massage therapist works through difficult areas with lots of scar tissue buildup. The massage therapist can adjust their technique or pressure level if you are in pain or uncomfortable. Their goal is to get you results without causing you to be in pain, especially since pain can cause a person to become more tense and difficult to reach the deep muscles.
Some people may feel stiff or sore after a massage therapy session, especially if they have never had one before. Still, it typically only lasts a day or two. After the massage, it’s recommended to drink lots of water to flush the tissues’ metabolic waste.
seeking massage therapy
The team at Scott Family Health has years of experience performing massages on people with all sorts of muscle pains and other conditions.
For best results, plan to schedule massages regularly. Medical massage therapy is a long-term treatment option, meaning it is most effective when done repeatedly over long periods. We’ll help you create a treatment plan that fits your needs and schedule.
therapeautic massage benfits
Massage therapy also has a wide range of physical benefits, mainly related to treating muscle pain and improving stiffness. One study found that deep tissue massage – a method of massage therapy – helped reduce pain in people with chronic low back pain.
These types of massages have also been shown to help with sports injuries, fibromyalgia, plantar fasciitis, sciatica, and tennis elbow. Deep tissue massage can be targeted for certain parts of the body. For example, suppose you have a sports injury in your shoulder. In that case, the chiropractor can target the massage to that specific area to reduce muscle pain and break up the scar tissue. If you have low back pain, your massage will be targeted to that area of your body.
Medical massage therapy can help people overcome and limit their existing pain for conditions like chronic muscle pain, repetitive strain injuries like carpal tunnel, or osteoarthritis. Massage therapy can also help speed up the recovery after a sports injury, car accident, or other traumatic events. In these cases, there are likely large amounts of scar tissue in the body, contributing to pain and discomfort. A deep tissue massage can break down that tissue and make it easier and more comfortable to move. Pain and stiffness can make it challenging to move around, and it is often caused by scar tissue and tight muscles. Breaking down that scar tissue through massage leads to more lymphatic drainage, which improves circulation, flexibility, and range of motion.
Besides specific physical ailments that target particular parts of the body, massage therapy can also treat side effects like high blood pressure, diabetes, and depression. They can break down muscle adhesions, which reduces inflammation and improves circulation.
Massage therapy will also increase the body’s ability to heal itself. With tight muscles and scar tissue in the way, the tissue and muscles have a much harder time working together to recover from minor injuries or small bumps. But as the connective tissue is restored and strengthened through deep tissue massage, it can more easily heal the body from small injuries.
I’ve been a patient of Scott Family Health for a couple of years now, and I have to say that my therapist at Scott Family Health is the best massage therapist I’ve ever had. Her knowledge and professionalism are top-notch.
– Sean R.
Our Massage Therapists
Ruby Rizo, LMT
I am passionate about helping people feel their best and reach their wellness goals. I specialize in injury and pain management, by using several different modalities, including neuromuscular, deep tissue, sports , prenatal , cranial sacral, and Swedish massage.
I personalize each massage to get the best results and help my client achieve optimal health.
Tracy Griffin, LMT
Tracy moved to the front range from the small mountain town of Crested Butte which instilled her love of all things outdoors. She spends her free time hiking, camping, skiing, or going on dog walks with her Australian Shepard. She has a love for different cultures, new experiences, human connection, and mind-body healing.
Her passion for human connection has extended into her massage practice since she attended Mountain Heart School of Bodywork in 2019. She has a background in nursing and clinical mental health counseling which greatly influences her approach to healing where she has experience working with acute and chronic pain, myofascial release, post-op, repetitive motion injuries, structural imbalances, scar tissue repair, lymphatic massage, fibromyalgia, and stress-related muscle tension.
Her work is treatment-oriented and incorporates therapeutic neuromuscular deep tissue massage and trigger point therapy to facilitate deep muscle pain relief. Every massage is customized to target your individual needs. She looks forward to playing a role in your healing journey
Catherine Gerards, LMT
Catherine graduated from Kinnaird College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan, with a bachelors degree in History and Geography. She moved to Fort Collins, CO in 1997 and graduated from the Healing Arts Institute in massage therapy in 2001.
She practiced massage therapy at Healing Arts Institute and Twenty Three Trees spa for 14 years, then
joined Scott Family Health in March 2014. Catherine has a diverse background in multiple massage
techniques, including neuromuscular rehabilitation. Having traveled extensively throughout the world,
she is able to connect with and relate to many different personality types. She has a passion for the
healing of others, and prides herself on providing effective treatment for her clients.
Christina Hammond, LMT
Christina graduated from IBMC, Fort Collins in 2021 with the passion to help people exist with less discomfort. Her interest in the profession started young after her sixth-grade teacher gave a lesson concerning the wonders of human anatomy; her mother asked for a massage and her inspiration for a career combining the two just CLICKED. Her passion drives her to pass on peace and tranquility to every individual that she sees with the goal of making the patient feel better than when they walked in, helping obtain a better range of motion, and leaving them feeling relaxed. She is quick to accommodate your needs by adjusting the range of pressure from very light (lymphatic massage) to deep pressure (deep tissue massage), specializing in light to medium pressure.
In Christina’s spare time, she finds interest in researching herbal remedies to cure ailments in a healthy and natural way, hopes to one day learn how to grow food independently, and teach others the same within a non-profit. She also enjoys hiking and spending time with those she loves.