Massage therapy can be an easy solution to pain and stress relief. Not only can massage give your muscles the attention they need to heal, adjust and relieve tension, but it can also release anti-stress hormones in your brain, which go a long way towards relieving mental tension. Contact us today and inquire about our massage therapy services for those within Pittsburgh, North Hills, and the surrounding areas. Our friendly staff is looking forward to hearing from you and booking your massage appointment.
Purpose of Massage Therapy
The benefit of a therapeutic massage comes from the purpose of the massage. It can rid your body of life’s every day stresses, reduce muscle pain, help alleviate the discomfort of certain ailments, and help restore balance to your body and mind. Massage therapy will leave you feeling rejuvenated and help you maintain a life of wellness and good health.
The Best Treatment for You
At Morreale Chiropractic, the choice is yours. A therapeutic massage will either be prescribed by one of the doctors in addition to chiropractic work and rehabilitation or you can receive a massage that is simply designed to relax and refresh. We offer a wide range of massage types so that you can select the type of massage that best fits your needs and budget. If you are a beginner and are not certain about what type of massage you would enjoy most, Marissa, our massage therapist, can meet with you prior to your first massage to help determine the best option for you.
Although a single massage session can have positive health benefits, massage therapy is cumulative. Therefore, the more you go the healthier you feel. For this reason, we have discounted our hourly massage rate by $5.00!
The Types of Massage We Offer Include:
Trigger Point Therapy
A trigger point is a tight area within the muscle tissue that causes pain to spread to other parts of the body. A trigger point in the back, for example, may reduce referral pain in the neck. The neck, now acting as a satellite trigger point, may then cause pain in the head. Pain caused by trigger points may feel like a dull ache or be sharp and intense. Trigger point massage therapy is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. During trigger point therapy, the recipient actively participates through deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort. The main result and benefit of trigger point massage therapy is to release constricted areas in the muscles thus alleviating pain. Our patients can experience a significant decrease in pain after just one treatment. Receiving massage with trigger point therapy on a regular basis can help naturally manage pain and stress from chronic injuries.
Swedish massage therapy is the modality that comes to mind when most people think about massage. As the best-known type of bodywork performed today, one of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. However, Swedish massage therapy goes beyond relaxation. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, and improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension.
A study conducted by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and published in The New York Times, found that volunteers who received a 45-minute Swedish massage experienced significant decreases in levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as arginine vasopressin, a hormone that can lead to increases in cortisol. Volunteers also had increases in the number of lymphocytes, white blood cells that are part of the immune system, and a boost in the immune cells that may help fight colds and the flu.
Additional Swedish massage techniques include circular pressure applied by the hands and palms, firm kneading, percussion-like tapping, bending, and stretching. Before and during your Swedish massage session, communication is encouraged with your professional massage therapist so that your massage is customized to your specific needs.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage therapy is similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons, and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints). A study in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that people’s blood pressure fell after a single 45 to 60 minute deep tissue massage. Additionally, a 2010 meta-analysis in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that massage modalities like deep tissue reduce stress hormone levels and heart rate while boosting mood and relaxation by triggering the release of oxytocin and serotonin. Please talk with Drs. Morreale and Didomenico to see if a deep tissue massage therapy would be beneficial for you.
Sports massage therapy is geared toward athletes of every kind, from world-class professionals to weekend joggers. The particulars of this technique are specific to the athlete’s sport of choice. Sports massage focuses on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and often aggressive movements. Aspects of sports massage therapy are gaining popularity as useful components in a balanced training regimen. Sports massage therapy can be used as a means to enhance pre-event preparation, and reduce recovery time for maximum performance during training and after an event. Athletes have discovered that specially designed sports massage promotes flexibility, reduces fatigue, improves endurance, helps prevent injuries, and prepares their body and mind for optimal performance. One of the key benefits of sports massage therapy compared to other modalities is its ability to target muscle-tendon junctions. A 2010 study in the journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that even a 30-second massage improved hip-flexor range of motion. Another study conducted by Margaret Jones, Ph.D. of the American College of Sports Medicine, demonstrated a notable trend toward decreased muscle soreness in the athletes who received massage either before or after exercise. For anyone participating in regular physical activity, sports massage therapy every week or two may be a great addition to your normal regimen. It’s best to talk with Drs. Morreale and Didomenico to find a plan that will work best with your schedule and level of activity.
Massage therapy during pregnancy is a wonderful complementary choice for prenatal care. It is a healthy way to reduce stress and promote overall wellness. Massage relieves many of the normal discomforts experienced during pregnancy, such as lower back pain, sciatica, neck pain, headaches and swelling. In addition, massage for pregnant women reduces stress on weight-bearing joints, encourages blood and lymph circulation, helps to relax nervous tension, which aids in better sleep, and can help relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes. At Morreale Chiropractic, our massage therapist, Marissa, takes extra care to ensure our pregnancy massage patients are comfortable and relaxed. Sideline positioning with supportive, soft cushions is used to alleviate the extra strain on the lower back and pelvic areas when the pressures of massage techniques are applied. Extra strain in these areas can cause unnecessary back and abdominal pain, so naturally we want to avoid any potential discomfort. Through the second trimester, you may prefer to lie on your back with a small, cushioned wedge placed under one hip to provide a slight elevation. Depending on where you are in your pregnancy, your therapist may utilize such massage techniques that address your specific requests and needs. Massage for pregnant women offers a number of benefits, and it is always a good idea to discuss with the doctors about everyday symptoms you would like to see relieved. Those might include:
- Headaches can be relieved by massage focusing on the head, neck and shoulders. In addition, maintaining optimal levels of stress relief through massage reduces the chances of migraines or tension headaches by relaxing trigger points and muscle spasms.
- Muscle tension created by carrying the extra weight of a baby can be relieved by encouraging blood flow to the afflicted areas. This provides more nutrient-rich oxygen and also increases the flow of lymphatic fluid, which sweeps away toxins and metabolic waste.
- Fatigue, backaches, leg cramps and swelling/edema can all be relieved through various types of massage for pregnant women.
- The ordinary aches and pains of pregnancy are countered by the release of serotonin, your body’s natural anti-pain chemical, which is stimulated by massage.
While a massage can’t promise that your newborn will sleep through the night, it can provide you with a better night’s sleep both during pregnancy and afterwards. Regular massage therapy not only helps diminish anxiety and discomfort but boosts relaxation as well. This ultimately can lead to improved sleep patterns.
In addition, the serotonin, endorphins and dopamine released by your body in response to massage provide an extra helping of those natural chemicals. Women with normal, low-risk pregnancies can benefit greatly from the variety of massage techniques offered by a professional massage therapist. However, women in high-risk pregnancies should consult their doctor or midwife before beginning any massage therapy. If you feel discomfort at any time during the pregnancy massage, tell your therapist immediately.
Geriatric massage therapy is designed to address the specific needs of the elderly population. This type of massage for the elderly uses gentle and light application of massage techniques and can include passive stretching and a light oil or lotion to permit your muscles to be worked on without causing excessive friction to the skin. These techniques can help enhance blood circulation, combat depression, improve balance and flexibility, reduce the pain of arthritis, increase joint mobility, improve posture, and encourage overall well-being. Geriatric massage can be especially helpful for maintaining and improving overall health as we age. It also has been shown to relieve anxiety and provide comfort, especially to touch-deprived elderly clients. If you have a specific health condition, you should talk with the doctors to see what type of massage would be best for you. As with any population, there are certain conditions that are not recommended for massage, hence the importance of communication with the doctor. Once you have obtained permission, be sure to specify your preference for geriatric massage when scheduling your appointment.