Clinical Massage Therapy

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.

Additional treatments offered

Scar Therapy Scar tissue is our body’s way of healing after surgery, injury or an accident. Scar tissue can cause tightness to the area, tenderness and a decrease in range of motion. Scar tissue therapy can be incorporated into a massage session to help reverse the side effects
Hydrotherapy The alternating application of warm and cool towels to specific areas of the body to improve circulation of blood, lymph to increase detoxification.  This technique improves the immune system, and promotes overall health.
Lymphatic Wellness This gentle, relaxing, non-invasive technique will assist the body in maintaining a healthy lymphatic (immune) system.  The technique can help renew energy and maintain balance in the body.  
Indian Head Massage  This very gentle upper body treatment incorporates massage, reiki and warm oil in an incredible scalp massage. Patients have reported a sense of peace, a clear mind, and improved sleep and reduced headaches.
Hot Stone Therapy Incorporates the use of heated smooth stones. The massage therapists may place the stones on the body, or use with massage strokes.  The warmed stones encourage palpation to deeper muscles.
Neuromuscular Therapy Focuses on trigger points in muscles. A trigger point is a hyperirritable spot that may be tender and have a refer pattern. A trained therapist can help alleviate the tenderness and improve function.
Massage Cupping Has been around for thousands of years, although only becoming popular in the United States in recent years.  Cupping works on the basis of negative pressure. Plastic or silicone cups are place on the body after soft tissue has been warmed; the cups are used to glide over the skin.  There are great benefits for helping reduce scar tissue.  Cupping can be incorporated into a massage session.
Cranial Sacral Therapy A light touch modality that promotes the body’s own healing ability. The treatment will focus on the bones of the head, the spinal column and sacrum, as well as the entire nervous system. This modality may help a wide range of illness as well as to promote balance and wellness.