Massage is manipulation of soft tissues with the hand or an instrument for relaxation – often called Swedish massage. The intent is to elicit a relaxation response.
Clinical Massage is the ability to treat specific conditions or diagnosis. It is still the manipulation of soft tissue but the focus is to achieve an outcome of therapeutic benefit.
Relaxation massage has clinical value, but a clinical massage is often area specific and not full body. Area specific is done for reasons such as addressing pain, an injury, or to increase range of motion.
Benefits of clinical massage therapy:
- decrease of pain and anxiety
- decreased insomnia, muscle spasms and tension headaches
- increased sense of well being and relaxation
- increase of endorphins (feel-good hormones) in the brain
All of the licensed massage therapists in Integrative Medicine have received advance education in massage for the oncology patient and survivor. If you have ever had a cancer diagnosis, in the past of current, it is imperative to seek a massage therapist
with this training.
Oncology patients may experience these benefits:
- profound decrease in pain and anxiety
- decreased nausea, insomnia, depression, and "pins and needles" feeling in hands and feet
- improved sleep
- a change in scar tissue, and increase range of motion
- lymphatic wellness, and decrease risk of lymphedema
An oncology trained massage therapist will know how to adjust the treatment session to accommodate the side effects of treatment.
Clinical massage therapy is currently offered at the following locations: