Prenatal massage can help create a more comfortable and relaxed pregnancy.
It's common knowledge that babies in the womb are affected by their mother’s health and well-being. Expecting mothers watch what they eat and treat their bodies with extra care as their bellies grow. They read to their babies and play music for them as a way of nurturing and bonding with them. Massage can also play an important role during those precious prenatal months for helping mom and baby to relax together, both physically and mentally.
Studies consistently confirm that prenatal massage is a healthy choice for both mom and baby. Massage during pregnancy can help reduce swelling, nerve pain (such as sciatic pain), back pain, and headaches, increase circulation and improve sleep. The American Pregnancy Association recognizes that prenatal massage helps reduce stress hormones while increasing dopamine and serotonin levels, which helps support a relaxed, uplifted mood. These hormone changes are also linked with fewer labor complications and a healthy birth weight.
At Siskiyou Massage, we treat women before, throughout, and after their pregnancy. We shift techniques and positioning as needed for each stage or pregnancy, with attention to each individual's needs, focusing on the comfort and health of both mother and baby.
Live with more comfort and ease by making long-lasting changes in the body.
Orthopedic Massage, or Medical Massage, is a specialized type of therapeutic massage that supports injury rehabilitation or treatment for medically diagnosed conditions that can result in chronic pain. Medical Massage can help alleviate pain and discomfort, balance movement and postural patterns, improve the metabolic systems in the body, and much more.
At Siskiyou Massage, our highly trained and experienced Orthopedic Massage therapists create tailored treatment plans to help clients make long-lasting positive changes in the body. Our goal is not only to alleviate our clients’ pain, but to uncover the root cause in order to affect a permanent change. Our clinic stays in regular contact with our client’s referring health care providers in order to keep them informed of the progress and receive any feedback or advice.
Our therapists are trained in a variety of modalities and techniques to accomodate each patient's unique needs. Treatments may include myofascial release, myoskeletal alignment, active release techniques, structural integration, passive positional release, strain/counterstrain techniques, trigger point therapy, proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation, neuromuscular therapy, joint mobilization through soft tissue manipulation, visceral massage, and/or lymphatic drainage.
Numerous studies have demonstrated medical benefits from massage therapy, from support for managing inflammatory and autoimmune conditions¹ to long-lasting benefits for patients with chronic back pain². Our work at Siskiyou Massage Clinic helps create lasting benefits for those who suffer from chronic or acute pain and helps prevent future injuries.
Collectively, we have been able to help thousands of people with back pain, headaches, acceleration-deceleration injuries (including whiplash), TMJ dysfunction, fibromyalgia, digestive disorders, depression, sciatica, and more. Since massage therapy has benefits for multiple different systems of the body (endocrine¹, nervous⁴, digestive⁵, myoskeletal⁶, etc.), massage therapy can literally help almost anyone. Our client testimonials say it all.
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2. Cherkin, Sherman and Kahn. Effects of Massage and Usual Care on Chronic Low Back Pain. Annals of Internal Medicine. July 2011, volume 155: number 1.
3. Clinical Policy Bulletin: Physical Therapy Services, number: 0325. July 1, 2011. Aetna. July 22, 2011 http://www.aetna.com/cpb/medical/data/300_399/0325.html.
4. Chaitow, Leon and Judith DeLany. Clinical Application of Neuromuscular Techniques: Practical Case Study Exercises. New York: Elsevier, 2005.
5. Hendrickson, Thomas. Massage for Orthopedic Conditions. Philadelphia: Courier Westford, 2003.
6. Kendall, Florence, Elizabeth McCreary and Patricia Provance. Muscles: Testing and Function. 4th ed. Philadelphia: Williams & Wilkins, 1993.
Sports massage provides important benefits for athletic training and recovery.
Many of the therapists at Siskiyou Massage are avid runners, cyclists, yoga practitioners, and dancers. As athletes, we understand the frustration of a sports injury. Fortunately, as massage therapists, we know how to help our clients recover from those injuries and how to avoid them.
Whether you’re an athlete or simply enjoy being active, sports massage can help you keep up the pace. Sports massage treatments can help those with active lifestyles see better results from their workouts, recover more quickly and efficiently, and move with more ease and grace.
Benefits of sports massage therapy include:
- Preventing loss of mobility
- Restoring mobility to injured muscle tissue
- Boosting performance
- Extending your ability to remain active
- Maintaining and increasing flexibility
- Improving alignment of your body to optimize performance
- Speeding recovery of muscles and tendons after hard training
- Combating stiffness and soreness associated with training
- Reducing risk of injury
- Increasing blood circulation
- Improving strength, endurance, and overall fitness
Just as stretching is important for preventing injuries and boosting recovery, sports massage can help as well. Hypertonic muscles and connective tissues are a hazard for active people. A shortened-tight muscle is a weak muscle that cannot use all of its fibers as it should. With tight muscles come inefficient movements, less productive workouts, diminished endurance, and fatigue. Tight muscles also significantly increase risk of injury both during and after heavy activity.
Make sports massage a regular part of your fitness routine. You’ll find it is extraordinarily effective at helping you to remain healthy and active throughout your life.
You cannot change your posture without changing your fascia.
Myofascial release literally means releasing the connective tissue that is within the muscles. Fascia is a strong connective tissue that surrounds every part of the body. Its function is to suspend, support, protect, and keep separate all of our organs and tissues. It lies under the skin, permeates every muscle, and surrounds every bone, nerve, blood vessel, and organ. With incredible pressure and strength, it keeps us defined in the shape that we know as our body.
As in this sculpture by Kenneth Snelson, our body is held, not by the bones (steel beams), but by the tension of the connective tissue (cables). If one side of the structure becomes too taught, the muscles on the opposing side need to contract to keep us from falling over. This contraction can lead to spasms and pain.
We move through our lives in a variety of patterned movements. These patterns train our bodies to function and hold in a certain way. We may also develop emotional patterns and belief systems to accompany these physical patterns. For instance, our head may droop when we get sad or insecure. As our restricted fascia is released through massage, so are these restricting emotional patterns.
There are many styles of myofascial release, including Rolfing (from Ida Rolf) and the John Barnes technique. Myofascial release is simply working with the fascial system to release restricted patterns. Remember: you cannot change your posture without changing your fascia.
Many of our therapists at Siskiyou Massage specialize in myofascial release. Please contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our therapists.