Types of Massage
At ReAlign Chiropractic, we aim to give you the best doctor directed therapeutic massage possible. For your comfort and convenience, we are always happy to incorporate different kinds of mainstream massages into your therapeutic session. Below are a few different types of massage. Book yours today, along with your adjustment, by calling 773-665-4400!
This is the most common type of massage therapy performed in the United States. Massage therapists use long smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements on superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil. Swedish massage can be very gentle and relaxing, and that's one reason why it's so popular!
Aromatherapy massage is massage therapy with the addition of one or more scented plant oils to address specific needs. The massage therapist selects oils that are relaxing, energizing, stress-reducing, or balancing, depending on the wanted effect. Aromatherapy massage is particularly suited to stress-related conditions or conditions with an emotional component. Aromatherpay can be added onto any massage, just ask your massage therapist.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage targets the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue. The massage therapist uses slower strokes or friction techniques across the grain of the muscle in order to get the most benefit. Deep tissue massage is used for chronically tight or painful muscles, repetitive strain, postural problems, or recovery from injury. This is one of the most popular massages in our practice, as it compliments the chiropractic care and physical therapy the most.
Prenatal or pregnancy massage is used to reduce stress, decrease swelling, relieve aches and pains, and reduce anxiety and depression. The massage is customized to a woman's individual needs, and our massage therapists are trained in the correct ways of positioning pregnant women so that the massage is both safe and effective. We also have special bolsters shaped for pregnant women. It's even safe and beneficial to receive a massage after child birth!
Sports massage is specifically designed for people who are involved in physical activity. However, you don't have to be a professional athlete to have one-it's also used by people who are active and work out often, or for those who participate in sports, be it amateur or weekend warrior! The focus isn't on relaxation but on preventing and treating injury and enhancing athletic performance. Dr. Peter Georgiou is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician, so he can come up with a treatment plan that incorporates physical therapy, sports massage, and strength training in order to enhance your performance!
Trigger Point Massage
Trigger points are tiny knots that develop in a muscle when it is injured or overworked. Commonly a cause of most joint pain, they are known to cause headaches, neck pain, back pain, and many other types of pain. To diffuse a trigger point, pressure is applied for 10 seconds, released, then pressure applied for 10 more seconds in a pumping action while the client breathes deeply. Integrating this within other types of massage flushes the toxins and calms the nerves. Releasing trigger points releases endorphins so the result is elimination of discomfort as well as being energized- remember that endorphins are the body's natural pain reliever. It is common to find great improvement after one treatment, but repeated treatment may be necessary for those with chronic trigger points.
Acupressure is based on the theory that all organs, glands and nervous system are reflected in hands and feet at specifc, fixed locations. It is done by applying certain pressure with thumb, fingers or any other device on the specific points in hands and feet for some time that the internal organs are stimulated and normal energy flow is restored to different parts of the body. This process helps in curing diseases and maintaining good health and beauty. Think of it as acupuncture without the needles!