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Massage TherapyRobinson Family Chiropractic offers therapeutic massage therapy related to pain and stress relief.

Consistent manual massage, at least once per month, provides a host of preventive health benefits. To prevent disease in the body and mind, one should take a comprehensive approach which includes nutrition, massage therapy, exercise and chiropractic care. Embracing this regimen and a mentality focused on wellness will lead to significantly reduced stress and a minimized chance of pain and injury. Furthermore, your body will develop an ability to fend off disease and remain in top form.

The benefits of massage therapy are well noted. Throughout the years, massage therapy has been known to fight a large number of conditions. Some of the benefits of this massage therapy include:

  • Relief from joint and muscle pain
  • Improved blood circulation
  • Reduction of stress and depression
  • Waste and toxin removal

Massage therapy brings the body back to its natural state, increasing its self-healing capability.

Who Benefits from Massage?

Chiropractic Massage Therapy is recommended for a number of conditions and illnesses, including but not limited to:

  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Immune system issues
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle spasms
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ, TMD)
  • Much more

Deep Tissue Massage

While many massage techniques induce relaxation with soothing and gentle kneading, deep tissue massage involves more intense muscle manipulation, but offers proven healing that can restore mobility and relieve chronic pain. Chronic pain, muscle spasms and tenderness during recovery after an accident can all be effectively treated with therapeutic deep tissue massage.

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Deep tissue massage is especially helpful with targeting specific trouble spots when an accident or injury has left a patient stiff and sore. Repetitive-strain injuries and conditions which induce aches, inflammation and limited ease of movement benefit from deep tissue work. These include but are not limited to:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Osteoarthritis

Before a deep tissue massage, a massage therapist will discuss the client’s accident, injury or complaints of generalized stiffness, gaining an understanding of how the pain or injury is impacting the client’s daily life and what he or she is hoping to gain from the massage therapy. The massage itself will be customized to the specific needs of the client, focusing on the stiff, sore and achy areas that are of the most concern.

Deep tissue massage works by breaking down muscle adhesions that often build up after an accident or are the result of a chronic illness. By applying intense, controlled pressure and friction to an afflicted area across the grain of the muscle, deep tissue massage relaxes rigid tissue and relieves the pain associated with stiff muscles, ligaments and tendons.

Deep tissue massage may cause some discomfort and therapists encourage clients to keep them informed about their comfort level and pain tolerance during deep tissue therapy. Therapists may encourage clients to apply ice to tender spots following a deep tissue massage. Some soreness the day after a deep tissue massage can be expected, though the discomfort should pass in a day.

Relaxation Massage

Indulgent and soothing, relaxation massage may not provide therapeutic treatment. The psychological benefits of the deep relaxation it provides, however, are equally beneficial to body, mind and spirit. Intended to relax tense muscles and ease stress, relaxation massage is the perfect antidote to work-week stress and is a wonderful way to unwind.

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Relaxation massage is typically performed in a temperature-controlled room with a soothing ambiance, delicate lighting and relaxing music playing in the background. The client lies comfortably on a massage table, undressed, but adequately draped with a large sheet.This type of massage, like others, is entirely customizable. The massage therapist will tailor the massage to the needs and preferences of the client and increase or decrease pressure accordingly. Gentle and soothing, relaxation massage involves rubbing and kneading of the upper tissue layers, inducing deep relaxation that can often lull clients to sleep.Relaxation massage focuses on the neck muscles and shoulders, where much tension is held, as well as the muscles of the back, legs and feet for head-to-toe soothing. Fragrant oil aromatherapy is often combined with relaxation massage for a holistic and nurturing sensory experience.Following a relaxation massage, clients should feel rejuvenated, pampered and recharged. In the hours following a relaxation massage, clients are encouraged to drink plenty of water to help flush toxins and rehydrate the body.

Swedish Massage

Considered the perfect balance of therapy and relaxation, Swedish massage is universally popular for its gentle yet effective results and benefits. Swedish massage is the perfect “beginner’s massage,” providing gentle pressure and friction which soothe sore muscles and loosen tight joints. Among its many benefits, Swedish massage effectively eases tension, wipes out stress and promotes deep relaxation.

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For stubborn stiff spots, Swedish massage therapists can provide a bit more intensive massage to provide relief, but for chronic pain, it may be best to request a deep tissue massage, depending on the condition.Swedish massage is performed on a massage table with the client undressed and draped in a sheet for comfort and privacy. Using massage oils to lubricate the skin, Swedish massage consists of massage strokes that vary from smooth gliding to kneading, stretching and tapping. The pressure and amount of friction used during a Swedish massage can range from light to firm, depending on the preference of the client and the goals of the therapist.As with any massage procedure, the client’s comfort level is of the highest importance and clearly expressing touch and pressure preferences to the therapist can only enhance the overall experience and increase the effectiveness of the massage.

Sports Massage

Though originally designed to help athletes perform at optimum levels during games, sports massage is growing in popularity as an effective treatment for sport-related injuries or limited range of motion for people of all ages and fitness levels.

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Sports massage focuses on a client’s trouble spots and can benefit things such as:

  • Shoulder soreness after 18 holes of golf
  • Tender hamstrings just before a big race
  • Minimizing pain and speeding recovery after a sports injury

Four variations of sports massage are available, depending on current level of discomfort and upcoming athletic events:

Pre-event sports massage – a vigorous and stimulating Swedish massage targeting muscles used during the upcoming event, boosting circulation and revving up energy levels
Post-event sports massage – designed to help the athlete wind down after intense physical exertion, targeting muscle soreness and helping to normalize body tissues and prevent muscle stiffness
Restorative sports massage – provided during training to keep an athlete at peak performance, to keep muscles warm and supple, enable more intense exertion during training and minimize risk of injury
Rehabilitative sports massage – treats sports injuries and speeds recovery time, targeted at specific trouble spots, helps increase circulation and protects range of motion.

Pregnancy Massage

Attending to the unique needs of expectant mothers is the goal of every pregnancy massage. Pregnancy massage therapists are specially trained to tailor their massage techniques to help alleviate common pregnancy complaints and to protect both mother and child during the massage.

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Pregnancy massage is unique in its application. During the massage, the expectant mother is carefully supported by cushions and pillows in order to provide superior comfort and to protect her and the baby from strain or injury. This massage is especially gentle, and deep tissue techniques are never used as a safety precaution.Many areas of the body are avoided during pregnancy massage to protect mother and child and extra attention is given to areas of the body that are particularly affected by pregnancy, such as the feet and back. Pregnancy massage is not advised during the first trimester, but can provide welcome relief later on, especially during the last few months of pregnancy.The benefits of pregnancy massage are numerous. The gentle kneading massage can be supremely comforting both physically and emotionally to an expectant mother, and the psychological benefit itself can be quite therapeutic. In addition to stress and anxiety reduction, pregnancy massage can help reduce an expectant mother’s common aches and annoyances, such as swollen ankles and lower back pain.

Youth Massage

For children of all ages, physical touch is enormously beneficial. Lack of physical contact can lead babies to fail to thrive and cause depression and emotional disorders in growing children. For so many reasons, youth massage is a beautiful gift to provide to any child.

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Infant massage has been regarded for centuries as a vital aspect of a healthy life. Touch is among the first of the senses to develop in newborns, and babies respond positively to human touch both physically and emotionally. Massage therapists trained in infant massage understand the special needs of small children and provide soothing massage that is nurturing and enjoyable to babies.Children of all ages can benefit from regular massage as a stress reducer. Stress has been linked to immune system functionality, and regular massage has proven benefits in combating illness from asthma to eczema by boosting immunity and reducing stress. In addition, youth massage provides much-needed human touch that helps to promote healthy emotional development.Children with special needs can benefit greatly from regular massage. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, can be regulated with massage by a trained youth massage therapist, and many clients report increased ability to focus and maintain better self-control in school with the help of massage. Youth massage can also help children fall asleep more easily, sleep more soundly and enjoy feelings of alertness all day long.

Ready to enjoy the many benefits of massage? Call to schedule your massage today!

Chiropractic Massage in Rolling Meadows, IL

Robinson Family Chiropractic

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2168 Plum Grove Rd
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
Phone: (847) 963-4894