We at Orenco Wellness Center specialize in manual therapy that promotes health and wellness, may reduce stress and support your doctor’s treatment plan, while you recover from injury caused by an auto, work, sport or personal accident. Injury may lead to chronic problems such as headaches, numbness, tingling, dizziness, neck pain, insomnia, and low-back pain. If left untreated, these problems can be very difficult to recover from. Fortunately there are solutions—of which manual therapy and restorative massage therapy may be a part.
Swedish is the most common kind of massage, involving a system of long, smooth, gliding motions known as effleurage. These movements, which run along the long muscles in your body, relax kinks and tension that can build up from your daily stresses. The method may include firm pressure with a goal to allow muscles to relax and release tension.
Tenderness-to-mobility relief massage therapy for those who have suffered a motor vehicle accident injury, work injury, sports injury or personal injury, such as a fall. We accept most insurance and we provide professional therapeutic massage supporting the beneficial efforts of your referring doctor.
Lymphatic Drainage Therapy
Sports massage is a type of Swedish massage and is designed to enhance athletic performance and recovery while emphasizing the prevention and healing of injuries to muscles and tendons. Sports massage is also helpful for people with existing injuries and chronic pain, as well as for those with restricted range of motion.
Sports massage stimulates circulation of blood and lympth fluid and some movements use “trigger point therapy” to break down adhesions and knots in muscles and increase range of motion.
There are four contexts in which sports massage can be useful to an athlete:
- Pre-event sports massage — short, stimulating massage 15 – 45 minutes before event for parts of body that will be involved in exertion
- Post-event sports massage — given within an hour or two of event to normalize body tissues
- Restorative sports massage — given during training to allow the athlete to train harder with less injury
- Rehabilitative sports massage — to alleviate pain due to injury
Combined Techniques Massage
No matter what type of massage you choose, the therapist should check in with you about what your needs and expectations are for the massage during your intake interview. Each therapist brings their own skill set and your preference for one provider may be lesser or greater than another. Each therapist is independent and collectively works with one another and we encourage you to try all the therapists to find your right match.
Massage therapy time may include your intake and exit interview, assessing and treating as well as self-care instructions as function of the service. When scheduling your first appointment be sure to arrive early to allow for a few minutes for initial intake paperwork.
Draping/Clothed — What is the Difference?
While getting a Swedish massage or other therapy performed on the table, you may undress to your comfort level. (Some stay fully clothed, some disrobe to the undergarments, and some receive these massages nude.) To honor your privacy and comfort, draping reveals only the part of the body that the massage therapist is working on.
Loose clothing is recommended for therapies such as Thai massage and acupressure to allow easier movement and improved comfort level. They involve movement of your body to better lengthen and loosen soft tissue and are performed with these movements for a gentler approach to encourage mobility.