Our services and techniques
Many people wonder about the different types of massage and what would be most beneficial for them. We have that information available here as well as specialty techniques that our chiropractors sometimes use.
The most common type of massage, Swedish Massage is what many people think of when they hear "massage". A combination of long, sweeping strokes and muscle kneading, this type of massage is best for relaxation and/ or energizing the body.
Focused on the changes affecting the body during pregnancy, prenatal massage alleviates joint and muscle pain and the stress on weight bearing joints. This technique also increases circulation providing more oxygen and nutrients to both mother and fetus and stimulating the lymph system. In turn, this boosts immunity, removes toxins, and helps stabilize hormone levels.
Like the name suggests, Deep Tissue, uses deep, strong pressure to focus on trouble areas. The therapist will often utilize their forearms and elbows to apply firmer pressure. Many people who have been injured find deep tissue helps provide relief.
Sports Massage is aimed towards athletes and promoting flexibility, relieving fatigue, and preventing injuries. The exact techniques of the sports massage are usually tailored to the athlete's sport of choice. Each therapist will focus on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and often aggressive movements.
This Chinese technique focusing on the Eight Principles of Chinese medicine. The therapist focuses on the muscle and fascia between the joints using acupressure to help stimulate the body's defensive chi.
This is a technique sometimes used by chiropractors to break up fascia, scar tissue, and mobilize soft tissue. Our providers will use a surgical grade stainless steel tool to stretch the connective tissue and break up scar tissue that is usually associated with trauma (such as a strained muscle or pulled ligament).
Like scraping, Gua Sha uses the same medical grade stainless steel tool to stimulate blood flow and break up scar tissue. This technique is sometimes performed by a massage therapist with lotion or oil to provide lubrication to the skin.
Cupping uses a vacuum, created either by fire or a plastic pump, to suck the skin and underlying tissue up into a glass or plastic cup. The pressure break ups scar tissue and relieves pain associated with tight muscles and fascia. For additional therapy, the cups can be moved along the skin to break up larger areas. Bruising for a few days following the treatment is normal and will dissipate.
Acutonics sound healing is a combination of planetary frequencies with acupuncture. The orbital properties of our solar system’s planets, sun, moon and asteroids were mathematically converted to audible frequencies and embedded into individual, medical-grade tuning forks. The practitioner places a tuning fork(s) on specific acupuncture points, meridians (energetic pathways) and muscles to activate the body’s innate healing capacity at the deepest levels. Because the human body is at least 70% water the sound frequencies travel swiftly through the system, dissolving stress, increasing energy, and supporting the system’s ability to recalibrate and restore internal balance. Sound healing is non-invasive, effective, and bypasses the need to penetrate the skin with a needle which makes it a very inviting healing modality for clients of all ages.
Ultrasound is a technique used by chiropractors to improve healing times and decrease swelling/ inflammation. The doctor will use a transducer or applicator as well as lotion to assist in the transference of the sound waves. Ultrasound is not appropriate for some post surgical areas.