Massage Physical Therapy

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The practice of therapeutic massage reduces stress, relieves temporary and chronic muscle aches, and quickens the healing of injuries. Massage therapy at Integrative Physical Therapy Services Inc. is available to all of our physical therapy patients. Ask your physical therapist to include it in your treatment plan! We also offer massage therapy as an à la carte service for non-patients too! Review our massage therapy services and benefits below.

Massage therapy offered at IPTS:

Swedish massage

Also known as a relaxation massage, Swedish massage is a traditional form of massage developed in the 1820s by Dr. Per Henrik Ling—the same person credited with the development of physical therapy as a professional practice! A Swedish massage is characterized by rubbing muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. Additional Swedish massage techniques include kneading muscles, cross-fiber friction to break up muscle knots, percussion-like tapping, shaking motions and stretching. Swedish massage positively affects nerves, muscles, glands and circulation—and promotes overall health and well-being!

Deep tissue massage

Deep tissue massage provides concentrated pressure that reaches the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia. The purpose of deep tissue massage is to relieve chronic muscle tension or injuries by working down in between the muscle fibers. A deep tissue massage therapist uses firm, deep movements and may spend anywhere from 5-20 minutes on each area treated. Some bruising and discomfort are common due to pressing down on “trigger points”—little masses of contracted muscle buried deep below the tissue. The benefits of deep tissue massage—such as alleviating chronic pain, improving blood pressure and reducing inflammation—make this form a massage uniquely effective.

Sports massage

Sports massage treats injuries to muscles and connective tissue that occur from sports conditioning or sports play. Sports massage techniques address an athlete’s range of motion and posture, as well as the tone, symmetry and balance of the injured muscles. The biomechanics (i.e., the physical motions) of the athlete’s chosen sport are of supreme importance in determining a sports massage therapist’s approach. Sports massage is often included in our sports rehabilitation protocol for athletes desiring to recover quickly and fully from injury.

Benefits of massage therapy:

    • Alleviates low back pain
    • Increases joint flexibility
    • Stretches weak, tight or atrophied muscles
    • Relaxes overused muscles
    • Enhances immunity (stimulates lymph flow)
    • Relieves migraine headache pain
    • Reduces postsurgical swelling & adhesions
    • Decreases depression & anxiety
    • Reduces scar tissue & stretch marks
    • Improves circulation
    • Enhances sleep quality
    • Increases energy
    • Provides stress relief & emotional clarity
    • Strengthens sense of self
    • Decreases medication dependence
    • Helps athletes recover from workouts
    • Reduces muscle spasms & muscle cramping
    • Improves skin condition

Massage therapy is for everyone:

    • Labor workers
    • Office workers
    • Teachers
    • Counselors
    • Emergency services personnel
    • Medical professionals
    • Seniors
    • Hospice patients
    • Preterm babies
    • Asthmatic children
    • New moms
    • Student athletes
    • Weekend warrior athletes
    • Professional athletes
    • Expecting moms
    • Premenstrual syndrome sufferers
    • Surgery patients
    • Disability patients
    • Arthritis sufferers
    • Burn injury patients
    • PTSD patients
    • Addiction recovery patients

Massage therapy is offered at both our Niles and Hubbard locations. Call us at 330.652.1415 (Niles office) or 330.534.9090 (Hubbard office) and schedule an appointment with one of our licensed massotherapists!