Massage Therapy is used for a variety of health-related purposes, including pain relief, rehabilitation of sports injuries, reduce stress, increase relaxation, address anxiety and depression, and aid in general wellness. A massage therapy session is very relaxing and stress free.
To start the massage therapist will ask you about your symptoms, medical history, and desired results. A simple evaluation may be performed that consists of the massage therapist touching and applying pressure to areas of concern to locate painful or tense areas and gauge how much pressure to apply to ensure comfort of the patient during the massage. The next step is for the patient to be left in privacy to remove clothing that is covering the area of concentration for the massage. Either a gown or blanket will be present to cover other exposed body parts. The patient then lies on the table for the massage therapist to treat them. Lotions or oils are commonly used to reduce friction on the skin. Massage Therapists all have different techniques and skills, commonly the massage will involve long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration, tapping, and the targeting of trigger point or muscle “knots.” Each of our massage therapists here at Scott Family Health are LMT (licensed massage therapists) and have to care and help every single patient using the best possible techniques.