Southwest Family Physicians
Family Practice & Medical Weight Loss located in Tigard, OR
Massage therapy can provide more than just relaxation. Regular massages have many health benefits and the skilled therapist at Southwest Family Physicians offer on-site therapeutic massages to keep you healthy and happy. Learn more about how massage therapy can help you relieve pain and improve your overall health by calling Southwest Family Physicians today or requesting an appointment online.
Massage Therapy Q & A
What is massage therapy?
Massage therapy is a treatment that involves manual manipulation of the muscles and soft tissues of the body.
Depending on the type of massage you receive, the massage therapist uses different manipulation techniques, like long strokes and kneading motions, to release tension and knots in your muscles.
Why do I need a massage?
Massage therapy can boost your overall health and wellness. In addition to relieving pain that stems from tired, overworked muscles, routine massages can improve your blood circulation and stimulate your body’s natural healing processes.
Your Southwest Family Physicians provider may recommend a massage for general relaxation purposes or as a method of pain relief from chronic conditions, like:
- Neck pain
- Frequent headaches
Massage therapy can also help increase range of motion in stiff, painful joints.
What can I expect during a massage therapy appointment?
Before beginning your massage, your therapist discusses your medical history and the location of your pain or limited range of motion. They can also review your goals for massage therapy based on your current health.
You can expect to lie comfortably on a massage table, usually on your back. Your Southwest Family Physicians massage therapist begins massaging the muscles in your upper back, neck, and shoulders, working their way down to your arms and legs. Our massage therapist can also do cupping therapy, which can help with pain, inflammation, blood flow, and relaxation.
While you may experience some discomfort or pain in the tender, sore areas of your body, a massage generally promotes a deep sense of relaxation. If any motions are too painful, your massage therapist can lighten their pressure or move on to other areas of your body.
For several hours after your massage, you may feel sore in some areas. However, massages usually help you feel more energized and clear-headed in the days after your treatment. It’s important that you drink plenty of water to flush out your system and keep you well-hydrated.
How often do I need a massage?
Depending on how you feel after your first massage, your Southwest Family Physicians massage therapist may recommend more frequent massages to keep your muscles flexible and loose.
Some people benefit from weekly massages, while others may only need treatment every few months. Your massage therapist customizes treatment to meet your specific health needs and goals.
If you’re interested in learning more about the health benefits of massage therapy, schedule an appointment at Southwest Family Physicians today by phone or by using the online booking feature.
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