Therapeutic Massage Specialist

Lafayette Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy located in Lafayette, CA

Therapeutic massages have a reputation for being a way to relax, but it actually has numerous therapeutic benefits. At Lafayette Physical Therapy in Lafayette, California, the experienced team offers a variety of therapeutic massage techniques to treat several health conditions, including headaches and back pain. To see how massage therapy can restore, enhance, and preserve your health, call Lafayette Physical Therapy or schedule an appointment online today.

Therapeutic Massage Q & A

What is a Therapeutic Massage?

Therapeutic massages are a form of complementary or integrative medicine that focuses on manipulating the soft tissues of your body, including:

  • Muscles
  • Tendons
  • Ligaments
  • Connective tissue

This therapeutic approach reduces pain and tension, promotes blood flow, and encourages relaxation.

Are there different types of therapeutic massages?

Therapeutic massages date back thousands of years. It was first introduced to the United States by two American physicians in the 1850s. There are a variety of therapeutic techniques depending on your physical condition and unique needs.

Swedish massage

With a Swedish massage, a provider kneads, taps, and makes long strokes and circular motions as they follow your body’s blood flow to your heart. This gentle technique is often used to promote relaxation, reduce muscle tension, and increase blood flow.

Deep tissue massage

Your Lafayette Physical Therapy provider might suggest deep tissue massage to address chronic muscle tension. This technique can be more intense than other massage therapies because your therapist applies pressure using their fingers, thumbs, and elbows to reach deep muscle layers in your body.

Deep tissue massage is beneficial for back strain, whiplash, and other types of muscle damage.

Myofascial trigger point therapy

Myofascial trigger points can cause pain in other parts of your body — also known as referred pain. This means that you could have tissue constriction in your neck that causes a headache. To treat referred pain, your therapist applies pressure to release the constrained myofascial trigger point causing your symptoms.

Overuse or repetitive stress injuries are very responsive to this type of massage therapy.

Sports massage therapy

Sports massage therapy typically combines Swedish and deep tissue techniques. Using this approach, your therapist can promote flexibility and recovery, reduce the occurrence of sports injuries, and relieve chronic muscle tension.

What conditions can therapeutic massages treat?

In addition to relaxation and stress reduction, the experienced team at Lafayette Physical Therapy uses therapeutic massages to treat numerous conditions, including:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sport injuries
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Muscle tension
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Acute and chronic pain relief

Therapeutic massages can also increase your range of motion, lower your blood pressure, and improve your quality of life. The experienced Lafayette Physical Therapy team also recommends massage therapy to support people managing health conditions like cancer.

To see how therapeutic massages can improve your health, call Lafayette Physical Therapy or schedule an appointment online today.