Massage therapy is not just for relaxation and pampering, it actually helps your body achieve balance and better health. At Allied Integrative Health & Wellness, the team of multidisciplinary providers includes massage therapists Don West and Karla Morrissette. They offer massage techniques that provide treatment for your musculoskeletal pain, not just momentary relief.
We offer a variety of massage therapy services to treat our valued patients. If you live in Cleveland or the surrounding area, call the office at (216) 360-9567 to include therapeutic massage as part of your healing plan. We're always happy to hear from you!
What are the therapeutic benefits of massage therapy?
Massage therapy offers a natural treatment approach that actually relieves musculoskeletal pain for many patients. At Allied Integrative Health & Wellness, the massage therapy offered complements chiropractic care. Mr. West and Ms. Morrissette tailor each massage therapy plan to meet your unique pain condition or injury.
The benefits of massage therapy include:
- Increased blood and lymph circulation
- Localized reduction in swelling
- Muscle relaxation
Massage can also relieve muscle pain and spasms, increase your range of motion, and aid in recovery.
What health issues can massage address?
When your muscles are tight, weak, or overstretched, it can prolong spinal problems and postpone healing. At Allied Integrative Health & Wellness, Dr. Whetstone and the team may recommend massage to help alleviate general muscle tension as well as back pain or sciatica. Massage can also be effective in treating a variety of other issues, including but not limited to:
- Sports injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Insomnia and stress
How does massage complement chiropractic treatments?
By pursuing both therapies, you address the entirety of your skeletal system. Chiropractic adjustments and therapies address issues in the nervous system by aligning the vertebral column and joints. Massage therapy complements it by addressing the soft tissues.
Massage can extend the benefits of a chiropractic adjustment by decreasing muscle tension. Likewise, chiropractic adjustments extend the benefits of massage by helping to release misalignments that cause muscle tightness.
A massage session prior to a chiropractic adjustment relieves tension that may be pulling your joints out of alignment. It can make it easier for Dr. Whetstone to move your joints back into place.
What should I expect during a massage?
Before doing your massage, the therapists at Allied Integrative Health & Wellness communicate with Dr. Whetstone to understand your particular needs, concerns, and limitations. They also ask you about specific symptoms, areas of sensitivity, or medical conditions that may affect how they proceed with your massage.
You’ll undress to the point to which you’re comfortable and lie on the massage table. Mr. West or Ms. Morrissette then begin to add pressure, using their hands, according to your treatment plan. Occasionally you’ll have a sensitive spot that causes some discomfort as the therapist works it out, so if you feel pain at any point, let the therapist know. A massage can last 30-90 minutes, depending on your scheduling.