What is pain management massage?
Pain management massage therapist employ a variety of skilled techniques designed to help reduce clients pain and dysfunction. It should be thought of as complimentary care, not a replacement for medical treatment.
How do I prepare for my appointment?
It is important to arrive 10-15 minutes early to check in, fill out medical history forms, and meet your therapist for a pre-massage interview. If you are receiving a sports massage you may want to bring shorts and a t-shirt just incase your therapist recommends clothed massage.
How many visits will I need for pain management?
The number of sessions will vary depending on the problem and individual. After a thorough assessment, your therapist will discuss an individualized treatment plan.
The short answer, yes, massage may help reduce some types of pain. The truth is there is an increasing volume of research pointing to positive results from massage therapy being incorporated into pain management programs. This shouldn't be construed to suggest that any massage will reduce any pain. Rather, it may be advisable that instead of seeking out specific singular techniques for treatment, you as a client may want to seek out a massage therapist that uses a goal oriented approach. The difference is that such a therapist would utilize a variety of techniques in each session to target specific issues and reassess for progress.
The type of massage any client should choose depends entirely on the clients goals. If you would like some guidance on choosing your next massage you can check out our services page for descriptions of each massage technique we use or contact our therapist for individual guidance.
"No pain, no gain." this is a phase that I wish would just disappear and never come back. The fact is we have pain for a reason. So should massage be painful to get the results we are looking for? In my professional opinion, no. I will add one caveat, there may be some discomfort during a massage, but there is a big difference between pain and discomfort. This is where clear communication is vital to effective treatment. Clients should keep their therapist informed of pain and changes in sensation during their session to avoid agitating sensitive structures.
So massage helped your pain, but it came back more quickly that you expected. This is where self care comes in. To maximize the time you can go without another massage session you should keep up with a quality self care routine. This may include stretches, exercise, changing sleep positioning, adjusting body mechanics and so on. Your massage therapist is a great source of information to get started.
Muscle soreness is a risk of massage that is not uncommon. It usually only last a few days. If your soreness last for more than a few days or makes performing your regular activities of daily living impossible, contact your therapist.
Deep tissue massage refers to higher amounts of pressure applied to the body to reach deeper tissues. It can be very relaxing and also help with areas of tension and restriction. The important thing to remember is that it is not exactly a technique in and of itself. A Swedish style massage can be deep or light across broad areas. Or you can get targeted deep tissue work with techniques such as trigger point therapy, cross fiber friction, and myofascial release. If your new to getting massage you may try moderate pressure to determine how your body responds before you jump straight into deep tissue work. The idea isn't to try to necessarily build up to deep tissue work, it is to determine what pressure is the most productive for you.
Attire for a massage largely depends on the type of massage you are receiving. In most cases clients are asked to disrobe. However, this is not mandatory. Massage can still be effective through clothing and in fact clothing may be necessary in some situations. Ask your therapist for gauidance before your next appointment.