Frequently Asked Questions
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What is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy works to improve health and wellness by manipulating soft tissues in the body including muscles, ligaments and joints. Massage therapy can be used to treat a variety of serious chronic pain conditions and muscle disorders as well as discomfort associated with occupational tasks, sports injuries, and beyond.
Is Massage Therapy Just For Relaxation?
Massage therapy is a great source of relaxation for many, but is used for so much more than just that. When implemented properly, massage can lower blood pressure, ease tension headaches, elevate mood, decrease depression and anxiety, lower muscle tension, improve mobility, improve sleep quality, and promote health and wellness.
What Are The Benefits of Massage Therapy?
In addition to improving your mental and physical wellbeing, massage therapy can be used to treat a variety of chronic pain conditions. Massage is also used to treat sports injuries, muscle spasms, and stress headaches. Some patients have even reported improved posture following a massage treatment.
What Can I Expect During My First Massage Treatment?
How Often Should I Get a Massage?
If you are focusing on a specific area that is causing you continued discomfort or pain, I recommend treatment every 1 – 2 weeks. Once the issue has been resolved, one preventative massage a month is ideal.
Can I Get A Massage If I’m Already in Pain?
Yes! Massage therapy works to reduce inflammation, swelling and current levels of pain. I will ask what your level of pain or discomfort is throughout the treatment to ensure it is not too much to handle.
Will I Experience Muscle Soreness after My Massage?
Yes, you may feel some soreness following your massage. Massage releases lactic acid in your muscles causing brief discomfort and soreness. Drink lots of water and rest directly after your appointment.
Can Anyone Get a Hot Stone Massage?
Hot stone massage is not recommended if you are pregnant, have any immune system condition (such as Lupus, Cancer, Mononucleosis, etc), any skin conditions such as severe bruises, burns, shingles and/or any condition that results in a loss of sensation (ie: diabetes, Neuropathy and Peripheral Vascular Disorder). Please provide a full list of any condition you may have prior to the treatment.
Do I Have To Take All My Clothes Off?
No. You can wear as much clothing as you would like during your massage therapy session. Throughout the appointment, you are underneath a sheet unless I am working on a specific part. You need to be comfortable and relaxed in order for the treatment to be most effective, so if this requires you to stay fully clothed that is most optimal.
What Should I Expect For My First Treatment?
When you arrive for your acupuncture appointment, you will be asked to fill out several intake forms, including one that details your medical history. We will then discuss your treatment plan and address any issues or concerns you may have. Then, we will begin the acupuncture treatment. The entire process will take approximately one hour. Depending on the issue of treatment, follow-up sessions will be required.
How Many Acupuncture Treatments Will I Need?
It will depend on the area and issue you are treating. While some patients experience results immediately following the treatment, others need anywhere between 3 – 5 sessions before feeling relief. After we have worked through the main issue, I recommend monthly acupuncture sessions to maintain general wellbeing and to support your immune system.
Does Acupuncture Hurt?
Not typically. Acupuncture needles are very fine. Depending on the area I am working on, you may feel numbness, a tingling sensation or electricity upon insertion. This is a desired and normal outcome, and means the treatment is effective. After acupuncture, most patients report feeling relaxed and calm.
Are The Acupuncture Needles Safe?
Yes. Each acupuncture needle is pre-packaged and wrapped individually. They are sterile steel needles and are immediately disposed of following treatment.
What Do I Wear To My Acupuncture Appointment?
I recommend wearing comfortable clothing that isn’t too tight. However, wear whatever you are most comfortable in as the treatment will be most effective when you’re relaxed.
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