Med1Care Therapy Partner’s physical therapists specialize in massage therapy, a type of hands-on physical therapy used to rehabilitate musculoskeletal issues like chronic pain, migraines and acute medical conditions.
Massage therapy is a safe and effective pain management tool that helps reduce the risk of opioid-reliance while improving musculoskeletal strength, mobility and functionality. A large volume of research recommends massage therapy for pain relief, anxiety management and quality of life improvements.
Massage therapy is often combined with other therapeutic techniques, like exercise, strength-building or balance training to increase mobility, prevent future injury and reduce your pain.
What Happens in Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy is a “hands-on” practice of muscle manipulation applying long, smooth strokes or short, percussive strokes to muscles, tendons and soft tissues. This therapeutic technique relieves chronic pain by breaking up areas of tension, promoting blood flood and helping the body recover faster from muscle injuries.
Massage therapy benefits can include:
- Strengthening the immune system by boosting white blood cells
- Improving blood flow by increasing circulation in target areas
- Supporting improved posture, flexibility and muscular range of motion
- Boosting mood by reducing stress hormones like cortisol and increasing serotonin
- Reduced pain by decreasing muscle tension, breaking up scar tissue and releasing toxins from soft tissues (drink plenty of water)
People receive massage therapy for a wide variety of conditions, including:
- Anxiety and depression
- Back, shoulder and neck pain
- Knee osteoarthritis
- Plantar fasciitis
- Stress injuries
Read more about massage here.
How We Can Help
Med1Care Therapy Partner’s experienced therapists are trained in massage therapy to improve muscle strength and flexibility while reducing stiffness, spasticity and joint inflammation.
A licensed physical therapist will come to your home in Toledo, Findlay or any of the 26 counties we service. The therapist will evaluate your need for services, draft a plan and set a schedule that is dedicated to helping you reach your objectives. We will work with your primary care provider to help reduce your pain, build a road to recovery and improve your quality of life.
Call us at 419.866.0555 to schedule a consultation.
Our specialists will help you chart a course forward.
There’s no substitute for a skilled physical therapist, but if you need an alternative or want to do “homework” between sessions, many devices can help replicate massage therapy techniques.
At home therapeutic tools include:
- Foam rollers
- Massage guns
- Massage balls
- Massage canes
Check with your physical therapist to make sure your home approach is appropriate for your needs.
Read more about foam rollers here.
Massage therapy is similar to receiving a regular massage, but it can have profoundly improved results based on the therapist’s specialized training in anatomy and pathology.
It is important to avoid activities that irritate or increase your pain. When it comes to exercising, your physical therapist will provide you with exercises that will not increase your baseline pain level.
It is also important to perform the exercises the way your therapist has taught you. This involves correct lifting mechanics, body mechanics and posture.