Massage therapy is a method of healing that utilizes human touch to promote
relaxation, relief of tension, and a greater level of well being. There are
numerous methods and techniques of massage, ranging from the most gentle, superficial
stimulation to deep, forceful manipulation of muscle groups. During massage
therapy, your parasympathetic nervous system is activated. The parasympathetic
nervous system is the counterpart to your sympathetic nervous system, your
fight or flight response. When your parasympathetic nervous system is active,
your body goes into a relaxed state, your heart rate, respiration and blood
flow to the muscles slows down. This gives the body a chance to de-stress on
the physical level. When the body stays in a state of constant stress, eventually
the body will break down. You may not realize it, but even just daily work
stress can activate the body's sympathetic nervous system. Stress related diseases
are common and massage therapy combined with a good diet and exercise will
definitely decrease your chances of developing stress related diseases.
One of the many health benefits you receive through massage is the elimination
of toxins. This occurs through the movement of blood and lymph during the massage.
Although the blood flow of the muscles slows during a massage, while the therapist
is working on a specific muscle, blood flow is increased in the area of contact,
and ultimately circulation does increase in the body after a massage. When
blood circulation increases, it increases the oxygen to the cells and thus
increases elimination of toxins. If you already get massages, you may have
noticed that your nose gets stuffy during your session. You may have thought
it was because your face was down in the face cradle but it’is more than
that, it is the toxins building up and looking for a way to get out of the
body. This is why it is very important to drink lots of water after a massage
- to flush out the built up toxins.
Massage is an effective way to increase the body's receptivity to chiropractic
alignment. Used before an adjustment to break-up scar tissue, warm and soften
tight muscles, and afterward, to encourage the body to accept and retain the
treatment. It not only promotes healthy circulation but it also promotes ease
of movement, deep breathing, strong immunity, mental clarity, lowers stress
and anxiety levels, reduces blood pressure, and shortens the healing time of
Miller Clark Chiropractic offers massage therapy by a licensed
and certified massage therapist in North Carolina.
You are joining a growing number of men and women who have found therapeutic
massage to be a valuable addition to their health and fitness routines, and
an effective complement to other health services. Many people seek therapeutic
massage as a natural means to promote healthy body functioning, and to enhance
the body's own healing powers.
As with any new experience, you may have questions about what to expect in
your first massage session. We will attempt to answer some of the most frequently
asked questions and make your first visit as comfortable, productive and safe
One of the first things the therapist will want to know is why you are getting
a massage. The therapist will wish to plan the session to address your needs
and desires. The most common reasons for massage are:
- General relaxation
- Relief of
Tension Headaches / stress management
- Relief of Sore
or Tight Muscles
- General health
- Adhesion /
Scare or Myofascial stretching
- Improved circulation
- Relief of
General or Chronic Body Pain
- As a complementary
therapy to other Health Care / Doctor Referred
the therapist know in the initial interview what you are
looking for, and discuss how his approach can best help you.
Feel free to discuss any concerns you have about the upcoming session. It is
important that you are comfortable during the massage, and that you know your
options. Here are some commonly expressed concerns of newcomers to massage:
- Modesty: In
a massage session, you will be covered with a sheet.
You may choose to be totally or partially unclothed.
As each part of the body is being massaged, it is uncovered.
Genital areas and women’s breasts are covered at
all times. Many people prefer to wear underpants or shorts
during a massage. The choice as to how much or how little
you are clothed is totally yours.
- Talking: Talking
during a massage is optional. Some people prefer silence,
especially if they are trying to reach a deeply relaxed
state, while others like more social interaction. Always
feel free to give the therapist feedback on anything
causing discomfort. The therapist may request feedback
from you, especially when addressing a specific physical
- Oil: Our
massage therapists use oil and crème that are
all natural. Lubricants enable the hand to move easily
over the skin. Please inform the therapist of any allergies
to lavender or other natural additives.
and Hair: Massage of the face, scalp, or neck
may result in disturbing your makeup or hairstyle.
Let the therapist know if this is a concern. The session
may be modified to assure that make-up and hair remain
in tact, or depending on your wishes, that part of
the massage may be left out altogether.
- Pain: Whether
you will feel any pain during a massage depends on many
factors, including your physical condition, the reason
for the massage, your pain tolerance, and the therapeutic
technique. Discuss this before the massage, and give
feedback to the therapist during the session. Tense muscles
are often sore and may hurt a little when massaged. Sometimes
soreness is delayed after a massage. This is a good sign
that your body is ridding itself of toxins. Take a hot
shower or bath and drink plenty of water to help remove
waste products flushed out during a massage. This is
especially important after the first massage. The more
massages you receive, the less likely it is that you
will experience post-massage soreness.
sessions generally last from 1/2 hour to 1 1/2 hours. The
amount of time depends on the purpose of the session.
There are certain situations in which caution should be taken when receiving
therapeutic massage. It is generally agreed upon that persons with uncontrolled
high blood pressure, heart disease, recent surgery or fractures, phlebitis,
fever, infections (especially those that can be spread by skin contact, i.e.,
bacterial, viral or fungal) need to consult their physicians for any restrictions
on receiving massage. In other acute or chronic medical conditions, limited
restrictions may apply, and in rare cases, massage should be avoided altogether.
If in doubt, check with your doctor.
You will be asked to provide certain information about your past and current
health. This information is used to help prepare the massage session and to
insure your safety. Important information includes any major health problems
you may have, medications you are taking, allergies, state of pregnancy, and
recent accidents or injuries. There is a written form to fill out. More information
may be requested if a specific health problem is being addressed than for a
general massage session.
Be an active participant in your session. Ask questions
about things you don’t
understand, make your needs and wishes known, and let the therapist know if
you are uncomfortable at any time. Above all, relax and enjoy your massage!
Please note: Massage, bodywork and somatic therapies specifically
exclude diagnosis, prescription, manipulation or adjustments of the human
skeletal structure, or any other service, procedure or therapy which requires
a license to practice orthopedics, physical therapy, podiatry, chiropractic,
osteopathy, psychotherapy, acupuncture, or any other profession or branch
The services of a bodywork professional may be covered by health insurance
when prescribed by a chiropractor or osteopath. Therapies provided as part
of a prescribed treatment by a physician or registered physical therapist are
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