Massage involves manual techniques that include
applying fixed or movable pressure, holding and/or causing movement of
or to the body, using primarily the hands. These techniques affect the
musculoskeletal, circulatory-lymphatic, nervous, and other systems of
the body with the intent of improving a person's well being or health.
The most widely used forms of massage therapy include Swedish massage,
deep-tissue massage, sports massage, neuromuscular massage, and manual
lymph drainage. Massage therapy is considered medically necessary as
adjunctive treatment to another therapeutic procedure on the same day,
which is designed to restore muscle function, reduce edema, improve
joint motion, or for relief of muscle spasm. Massage therapy is not
considered medically necessary for prolonged periods and should be
limited to the initial or acute phase of an injury or illness (i.e., an
initial 2-week period).
This is the most popular form of massage
used in North America. Often a lotion or oil is used to reduce skin
friction. The therapist combines light stroking in one direction with
deep pressure in another to relax muscles. The treatment expedites blood
flow to flush lactic acid, uric acid, and other waste products from the
muscles. Ligaments and tendons are stretched increasing their
suppleness. Nerves are stimulated and relaxed, and stress is alleviated.
The overall goal is to relax muscles.
Deep Tissue Massage
This technique targets chronic muscle
tension. The therapist’s strokes are slower, using more direct pressure
and friction. Depending on the texture of the deeper layers of muscle
and tissue felt, the therapist periodically adjusts their hand
positions, strokes, and intensity to work the tissues to release
Myofascial release, or soft tissue
mobilization, is a therapy used to release tension stored in the fascia.
Fascia are sheets of fibrous tissue that encase and support muscles,
separating them into groups and layers. Following trauma, the fascia and
muscles may shorten restricting blood flow. The techniques used in
myofascial release relax muscle tension and break up fascial adhesions.
Regular Hamstring Stretching For Injury Prevention
Hamstring strains are a common cause of recurring injury in sports and account for a significant amount of lost time for both the weekend warriors and profesional athletes. Stretches to improve hamstrings flexibilityare frequently incorporated into work-out routines to minimize risk of injuries.
Lasting improvements in flexibility are related to duration of stretching. Static stretches should be held for a minimum of 30 seconds to produce a significant effect in flexibility. Most improvement in flexibility fade once stretching regimens are discontinued.
So, stretch for a lifetime.
[The American Orthopedics Society for Sports Medicine, In Motion, Summer 2011]
Contact Campus Physical Therapy Center to have a Physical Therapist to guide you in your stretching program.
Nadia Resvani, MP
Trigger Point and Myotherapy
Trigger points are tiny, tight
nodules that form in muscles causing referred pain. Sometimes
myofascial pain can be linked to one or more trigger points. The
treatment goals include alleviating muscle spasms, improving
circulation, and releasing trigger points. The therapist applies direct
momentary pressure to a trigger point to cause its release. During the
massage, the therapist may return several times to a stubborn trigger
point to elicit its release.
Campus Physical Therapy Center do not get authorization nor payment from your Health Insurance company for massage services. We will provide you an invoice that you may present to your insurance company for reimbursement. Your pay directly to Ms. Nadia Rezvani, MP at the time of your service.
Massage may be covered by your health insurance under certain circunstances such as:
If you have a prescription from your physician.
Your massage practitioner is within a licensed health care office.
Workman's compensation insurance provides a written authorization.
Your auto insurance provides a written authorization for coverage.
You have a health savings account combined with a health insurance.
Your employer choose massage as part of the benefit package.