The foundation of our practice at Advanced Bodywork & Rehabilitation (ABWR) is our training and education in medical massage and posture rehabilitation therapy.
Our treatment protocols are always designed and custom tailored to meet each client's unique health needs with the objective of effectively addressing not only the symptoms, but especially the root causes of pain and trauma.
We are trained to effectively address our clients' complex conditions and unique health needs, including: Pain Management, Soft Tissue Trauma & Scarring, TMJ Disorders Related Pain, Sports & Repetitive Motion Injuries, Posture Corrections & Movement Optimization, Motor Vehicle Accidents & Work Related Trauma as well as palliative care for Cancer, Parkinson's, Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, etc.
Additionally, we closely collaborate with various health care professionals on a referral basis (including: naturopaths, allopathic physicians, chiropractors, hospitals, thermologists, acupuncturists, physical and occupational therapists, personal trainers, etc.) in order to create an integrative healthcare solution that most effectively supports the health needs of our clients.
MEDICAL & ORTHOPEDIC
By assessing and analyzing your posture weaknesses we teach you to counteract them through posture strengthening protocols. Learn more
MASSAGE BODYWORK MODALITIES WE UTILIZE
Medical / Orthopedic Massage
Medical massage – also known as clinical or treatment massage – is the application of a specific treatment targeted at a specific, medically-diagnosed problem. Massage therapists are not permitted to diagnose their clients, thus you’ll need to have the help of a doctor to formally diagnose your condition and determine whether massage will be an effective treatment.
Medical massage isn’t confined to one technique. Several techniques can be incorporated in order to achieve relief from your condition. These include, among others:
• Myofascial treatment;
• Deep tissue massage;
• Neuromuscular trigger point therapy;
• Cross-fiber friction;
• Muscle energy technique
During a Swedish massage, your therapist will first apply massage oil or lotion to your body and then employ long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. These purposeful movements help to warm your muscle tissue, release tension, and release those tight “knots” you may have been experiencing in your neck, shoulders, or back. In addition, Swedish massage may also incorporate the use of other techniques: circular pressure that is applied by his/her hands and palms, a firm kneading of the muscles, a percussion-like tapping, and even stretching of the joints and muscles.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue is similar to Swedish massage, but uses slower, deeper strokes. The massage professional may even use specially designed massage tools or their elbow in certain areas to apply pressure.
Be sure to communicate openly with your massage therapist about the pressure they’re using and your comfort level. Some pain is to be expected, but it should be manageable and should never feel like you’re “bracing” your muscles.
Sports massage therapy is a form of deep tissue massage that often also incorporates myo fascial techniques to assist in correcting imbalances and problems in the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and in connective tissues. The therapy works most of the muscle groups in the body but is concentrated on areas of particular concern.
Sports massage is used to correct specific problems and provide relief from muscle and joint injuries. It can also be used as a recovery aid between workouts to enhance performance by promoting flexibility, increasing endurance, aiding in the prevention of further injuries and can even help reduce fatigue and recovery time after injury.
Compared to other massage techniques, one of the main unique benefits of sports massage is its increased ability to target the muscle-tendon junctions. As described in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, a study in 2010 found that even a 30-second massage improved the range of motion in the hip-flexor. It is suggested that to gain the maximum benefit from sports massage, it should be a part of an overall training and recuperation regime and that it should be undertaken around once a week.
Trigger Point Therapy
“Trigger point” is the name given to a tight spot in muscle tissue that causes pain or discomfort in other areas of the body. For instance, if you’ve got a trigger point in your back, you may feel pain in your neck. The neck then acts as a satellite trigger point and can often lead to headaches.
All this discomfort is caused by one little tight spot in your muscle. That’s the bad news. The good news is that trigger point therapy helps eliminate this pain and allows you to resume a healthy lifestyle.
During a trigger point massage, you participate in the session by breathing deeply when asked and by helping the therapist to identify the location causing your pain. Using isolated cycles of pressure and release, he or she is able to find the trigger point and ease the tension it’s causing. Trigger point massage is designed to release the tight areas in your muscles, which reduces or eliminates any pain and discomfort you’re feeling.
Myofascial release massage works the web-like protective band that covers your body’s muscles, tendons, bones, ligaments and tissues. This protective band is made of elastin and collagen fibers. The band or fascia is dynamic, meaning that it responds to forces, either internal or external and resists these forces to protect the area that it covers.
When you sustain an injury or experience acute or chronic inflammation in an area, you can develop scar tissue on the fascia. When this occurs, it loses its dynamic nature and becomes hardened. In this form, it can restrict natural movement, create biomechanical imbalances, and cause pain.
Myofascial release massage focuses on breaking up the hardened fascia to restore a healthy level of flexibility and range of motion. The massage therapist uses their hands to stretch and break down the fascia to regain precious flexibility. The process takes time, and a specific area can be focused on for over five or more minutes. Several sessions are usually required to achieve lasting improvements.
The primary benefit of myofascial release is the lessening of pain during movements. Over time, flexibility and range of motion can be increased using this technique. Treatment sessions will include an initial visual assessment of the client’s posture and movement as well.
If you’re starting to feel old injuries flaring up again, consider myofascial release to combat the pain and regain your natural mobility.
Lymphatic Drainage & Massage
Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT) is unique in that healthcare professionals learn how to palpate the lymphatic flow. As they develop their skills, they can then identify the rhythm, direction, and quality of the lymphatic flow. Advanced practitioners will be able to precisely map the lymphatic flow to find alternate pathways for drainage. Developed by Bruno Chikly, MD, Lymph Drainage Therapy evolved from years of training in traditional medicine, Asian medical practices, and manual therapies.
The lymphatic system plays a central role in the removal of metabolic waste. When the lymphatic flow is interrupted or becomes sluggish through lack of hydration, poor diet or inactivity, all other body systems are affected negatively. One way to kick start the lymphatic system and improve its efficiency is through lymphatic massage.
Lymphatic massage uses gentle, rhythmic strokes along the body to gently “pump” lymph manually through the body. Improvements in lymphatic flow improve the removal of waste from the body. In turn, these support the body’s ability to detoxify and increase its metabolic rate. The positive effects of this type of massage therapy range from reduced fluid retention to better pain management and an increased feeling of well-being.
Lymphatic massage also can have a positive effect on the nervous system and, therefore, support the body and mind in dealing with chronic conditions that are associated with the nervous system.
Oncology massage refers to massage tailored to the needs of individuals with cancer. This specialized practice requires therapists to be fully educated in and pay close attention to the physical, emotional, and psychological needs of clients in all stages of cancer: diagnosis, treatment, recovery, survivor, or terminal. Training in oncology massage covers appropriate bodywork modalities for cancer clients, includes precautions for radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery, and covers physiology and pathology.
Reiki is a form of alternative healing that looks to replenish and rebalance the body, mind and spirit. It is based on the idea that there is a universal life force and that when this energy becomes weak in an individual, illness and general wellbeing are negatively affected. The therapist channels this universal energy into the person undergoing treatment, replenishing their reserves and allowing them to become more attuned to the energy around them.
Reiki is a form of hands-on healing that has been adapted to fit with varying cultures and traditions. It is usually carried out in a quiet environment with the person undergoing treatment lying down. The therapy is performed with the client fully clothed as no oils or lotions are needed. The therapist places their hands lightly on the body, or over the body in a series of locations including the head and torso. In addition, the therapist may place their hands on, or over, any specific areas of pain, discomfort or injury.
After a session, most people feel both relaxed and rejuvenated. It is also not uncommon to fall asleep during a session. Other benefits from Reiki range from an improved feeling of wellbeing, lessening of pain or symptoms of ill health and improved mood.
Cupping therapy is an ancient form of alternative medicine in which a therapist puts special cups on your skin for a few minutes to create suction. People get it for many purposes, including to help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, relaxation and well-being, and as a type of deep-tissue massage.
This medically proven rehabilitative technique stimulates the body's natural healing and self repair processes by stabilizing joints, muscles and soft tissue in a manner that does not restrict the person's range of motion. Thus, kinesiology taping is an enhanced way of soft tissue manipulation that has additional positive effects on the body, such as:
pain and swelling reduction, redistribution of physical stress, fatigue delay and improved muscle tone.
MORE ABOUT MASSAGE
Massage is defined as structured, professional touch. Massage techniques manually manipulate the muscles, tendons, and fascia of the body to promote health and wellness.
Benefits Of Massage
1 Relieve stress
2 Relieve postoperative pain
3 Reduce anxiety
4 Manage low-back pain
5 Help fibromyalgia pain
6 Reduce muscle tension
7 Enhance exercise performance
8 Relieve tension headaches
9 Sleep better
10 Ease symptoms of depression
11 Improve cardiovascular health
12 Reduce pain of osteoarthritis
13 Decrease stress in cancer patients
14 Improve balance in older adults
15 Decrease rheumatoid arthritis pain
16 Temper effects of dementia
17 Promote relaxation
18 Lower blood pressure
19 Decrease symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
20 Help chronic neck pain as well as TMJ
21 Lower joint replacement pain
22 Increase range of motion
23 Decrease migraine frequency
24 Improve quality of life in hospice care
25 Reduce chemotherapy-related nausea
Limitations of Massage
Massage therapists do not diagnose medical diseases or musculoskeletal conditions and massage is not a substitute for medical examination and treatment. Massage therapists do not prescribe herbs or drugs, including aspirin or ibuprofen, or medical treatments. They do not perform spinal adjustments and they cannot counsel clients about emotional or spiritual issues as would be provided by a mental health professional or spiritual leader. If you experience symptoms that lead you to believe you may have a medical condition, it is recommended that you visit a physician for diagnosis and treatment. For a detailed description of the massage scope of practice in this state, please contact the state's board of massage where you receive(d) your massage treatment.
Adverse Reactions to Massage
Massage may lead to adverse reactions in certain situations or when used with certain conditions or medications. The massage therapist will evaluate your health-history intake and ask you questions to make sure it is safe for you to receive massage. In the event the massage therapist is uncertain that massage will be of benefit to you, he or she may ask you to provide a note from your physician stating that it is safe for you to receive massage.
Total Contraindications To Massage – with these conditions, please do not book a massage:
Contagious diseases, including any cold or flu, no matter how mild it may seem
Under the influence of drugs or alcohol-including prescription pain medication
Recent operations or acute injuries
Local Contraindications To Massage
The therapist can massage but not over any areas affected by:
Undiagnosed lumps or bumps
Inflammation, including arthritis
Medical Contraindications To Massage
If you suffer from any of the following conditions, massage can only take place once it has been approved before your session in writing by your Physician.
• Cardio-vascular conditions (thrombosis, phlebitis, hypertension, heart conditions)
• Any condition already being treated by a medical practitioner
• Psoriasis or eczem
• High blood pressure
• Nervous or psychotic conditions
• Heart problems, angina, those with pacemakers
• Bell’s palsy, trapped or pinched nerves
• Gynecological infections