Massage and Chiropractic work in concert to create an environment of self healing. Chiropractic adjustments free the body of nerve interference, and massage removes the old patterns held in the soft tissues of the body.
Dr. Lou has incorporated clinical therapeutic massage into his practice to enhance the effects of "specific" adjustments and hasten the body's natural healing process.
Dr. Lou and Bo or Nancy can work closely to assess a patient's needs and create a specific plan to acheive those goals.
Massage Therapy is the systematized manipulation of soft tissues for the purpose of normalizing them. Practitioners use a variety of physical methods including applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, or causing movement to the body. Therapists primarily use their hands, but may also use their forearms and elbows.
The basic goal of massage therapy is to help the body heal itself and to increase health and well-being.When muscles are overworked, waste products such as lactic acid can accumulate in the muscle, causing soreness, stiffness, and even muscle spasm.
Massage improves circulation, which increases blood flow, bringing fresh oxygen to body tissues. This can assist the elimination of waste products, speed healing after injury, and enhance recovery from disease. Therapeutic massage can be used to promote general well-being and enhance self-esteem, while boosting the circulatory and immune systems to benefit blood pressure, circulation, muscle tone, digestion, and skin tone. It has been incorporated into many health systems, and different massage techniques have been developed and integrated into various complementary therapies.
Therapeutic massage involves the manipulation of the soft tissue structures of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, muscle spasm, and stress; and, to promote health and wellness. AMTA defines Massage as, "a manual soft tissue manipulation that includes holding, causing movement, and/or applying pressure to the body."
Massage therapy is "a profession in which the practitioner applies manual techniques, and may apply adjunctive therapies, with the intention of positively affecting the health and well-being of the client." (AMTA)
Touch is the core ingredient of massage therapy and also combines science and art. Practitioners learn specific techniques for massage and use their sense of touch to determine the right amount of pressure to apply to each person and locate areas of tension and other soft-tissue problems. Touch also conveys a sense of caring, an important component in the healing relationship.
Massage therapy improves functioning of the circulatory, lymphatic, muscular, skeletal, and nervous systems and may improve the rate at which the body recovers from injury and illness. Massage involves holding, causing movement of soft tissue, and/or applying pressure to the body.
Massage comes in many forms, including:
Deep Tissue, for pain or physiological dysfunction;
Swedish a gentle, relaxing massage;
Pressure point therapy for certain conditions or injuries;
and Sports massage which focuses on muscle groups relevant to the particular sport.