7 Most Popular Massage Techniques In Tallahassee, FL

Whether you have recently experienced a car accident related neck injury, or suffer from anxiety induced stress; massage therapy has proven to be an effective course of treatment to alleviate pain in Tallahassee, FL. Massage therapy is effective in managing subacute/chronic low back pain, muscle soreness, anxiety, stress and relaxation, and helps support the wellbeing of patients with chronic and/or terminal diseases.

The therapeutic massage industry is perhaps one of the fastest growing professions in alternative medicine and continues to be chronic pain management of the 21st century. More than ever, people are looking towards massage therapy. According to the American Massage Therapy Association, “fifty percent of adult Americans who had a massage between July 2015 and July 2016 received it for medical or health reasons such as pain management, soreness/stiffness/spasms, injury rehabilitation, or overall wellness.” and that, “eighty-nine percent agree that massage can be effective in reducing pain.” (1) Today, there are many different styles and methods that can be used during therapeutic massages. Here’s how to know the difference between the 7 most popular kinds of therapeutic massages, and how to decide which is best for you in Tallahassee, FL:

  1. Swedish Massage Therapy:

What is it?

  • Swedish Massages are comprised of slow, firm strokes across the arms, legs, and back of the patient that are specifically designed to enhance circulation and blood flow to large muscle groups (2)

What are the benefits?

  • People that suffer from chronic pain such as migraines, neck/back pain, and fibromyalgia have been known to show signs of improvement with this course of treatment

  • In a recent study conducted by the Department of Rehabilitation in Shandong China in 2014, they “ found positive evidence that massage therapy with duration greater than or equal to 5 weeks had beneficial immediate effects on improving pain, anxiety, and depression in patients that suffer from fibromyalgia.” (3)

2)   Aromatherapy:

What is it?

  • Aromatherapy Massage is a more specialized area of alternative medicine that involves the usage of fragrant and aromatic oils such as peppermint, eucalyptus, ginger, and even that of flowers

  • The essential oils can be released into the air via a diffuser or even used directly onto the skin of a patient while the therapist uses a multitude of massage therapy techniques to rub the oils onto the body

What are the benefits?

  • Patients that chose the aromatherapy route have experienced positive outcomes involving the immune and central nervous system, chronic stress and anxiety, muscle pain, and depression. (4)

3)  Hot Stone Massage:

What is it?

  • Hot Stone massages are essentially exactly what it states in the title. The therapist works with smooth flat basalt stones that are immersed into hot water, and then placed onto specific parts of the body such as the back, face, hands, feet, and stomach (5)

What are the benefits?

  • People that suffer from things such as insomnia, stress-induced anxiety, and muscle tension and that have also undergone hot stone massages have shown positive improvements in their well-being.

4) Deep Tissue Massage

What is it?

  • One of the more commonly used form of therapeutic massages that is similar to the Swedish massage that focuses on relieving tension.

  • In order for the therapist to properly release the chronic muscle tension that is built up on a patient, they have to apply hard pressure to the deepest areas of the tissue where knots in the muscle are found

What are the benefits?

  • In a study conducted by Marian Majchrzycki and Piotr Kocur in 2014, they found that when treated with deep tissue massage therapy, patients with chronic low back pain had experiences significantly lower levels of pain, “suggesting that the patients experienced results similar to that of a non-steroid anti inflammatory drug.” (6)

5) Thai Massage:

What is it?

  • Thai massage differs from most of the other massages on this list because not only does it incorporate massage therapy, but it always incorporates a lot of its technique from yoga.

  • Thai masseuses believe that there 72,000 “energy lines” throughout our bodies, so they gradually manipulate the patient’s body into various yoga-esque positions along the body’s energy lines. (7)

What are the benefits?

  • By stretching the body along the energy lines into different poses, the body increases blood oxygen circulation, and also helps in reducing stress and anxiety

6) Sports Massage:

What is it?

  • Specific type of massage therapy that is centered specifically towards athletes

  • Whether you play a sport at the professional level, or just go for the usual morning run, sports massage therapy gives therapists the ability to target specific areas on the body that have or could potentially be injured due to a sport.(8)

What are the benefits?

  • Ease muscle tension and stress

  • Back pain relief

  • Injury rehabilitation

  • Improves recovery times (9)

7) Reflexology

What is it?

  • Somewhat similar to the methodology behind Thai massages, but instead of focusing on the patient’s “energy lines” the therapist applies slow pressure on specific areas on the body such as the hands, feet, and ears

  • These areas of the body that reflexology targets are believed “to correspond to organs and systems of the body.” (10)

What are the benefits?

  • Reflexology has been known to show positive effects in patients experiencing depression and anxiety, and has also shown positive results with patients dealing with life threatening illnesses such as diabetes or even cancer. 

For more information about Pragle Chiropractic And Massage Therapy in Tallahassee, FL, please visit www.praglechiro.com or call us at 850 508 5951.

Posted by Dr. Eric Pragle