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Therapeutic massage is an age-old remedy which has proven to be an effective complement to chiropractic care. Both are holistic in nature, and are based on belief in the innate healing power of the body. Together, chiropractic and massage facilitate the natural healing process by keeping the body in proper alignment and ensuring a free flow of nerve impulses and circulation of fluids.
Problems in the musculo-skeletal system can impede the natural healing process, and often cause dysfunction and pain. Most chiropractic doctors would agree that it it important to treat soft tissues such as muscles and tendons to help prevent and correct subluxations, and lessen the accompanying pain. Together, chiropractic and massage provide you with a more complete and effective system of health care.
Benefits of Therapeutic Massage:
The therapeutic effects of massage are recognized by personal and clinical experience, and supported by scientific research.
Increases the effectiveness of chiropractic treatments. Aids in preparing the body for chiropractic adjustments. Helps relieve pain in muscles and related soft tissues. Helps prevent future problems.
Viscera is the name of the internal organs of the body. Visceral manipulation is a gentle manual therapy that releases restrictions that cause pain and dysfunction. We evaluate the entire body to locate the source. The therapist feels for reduced motion and compensation in the body. The therapy enables the body to adapt and return to health.
Reiki is a Japanese energy healing modality. Rei means 'spirit' and Ki means 'energy'. Reiki is the spiritual energy that is flowing all around us. When the energy is flowing freely and balanced, a body is healthy. When the energy is blocked, it causes diminished function or illness. A Reiki session can address physical, mental, emotional or spiritual issues. Reiki is a gentle, non-invasive treatment, and is done with the client fully clothed. During a Reiki treatment, the practitioner channels the universal energy to help unclog energy blockages and help heal the origin of the issue. Once the blockages are removed, the energy can flow naturally to help the body heal itself. Reiki can be useful in the following situations: provide added healing energy or pain management following an injury, accident or surgery (can be done immediately after the incident since the work is non-invasive); help release emotions such as grief, anger, fear, etc.; promote relaxation and improve sleep; support the body during cancer treatment; assist a client dealing with depression, as well as many other issues.
Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® is a form of bodywork that uses finger pressure on energy meridian points. It engages your awareness of tension patterns and enables your body to increase endorphins, reduce pain, balance energy and bring to your attention any physical and emotional stressors. Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® helps you body to maintain its health and well being.
Rossiter stretches the body's connective tissue under weight to release fascia restrictions. It is a collection of powerful pain-relieving techniques.
What is CranioSacral Therapy? The CranioSacral system consists of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. It extends from the bones of the skull, face and mouth which make up the cranium, down to the sacrum or tailbone area.
Since this vital system influences the development and performance of the brain and spinal cord, an imbalance or restriction in it could potentially cause any number of sensory, motor or neurological disabilities. These problems could include chronic pain, eye difficulties scoliosis, motor-coordination impairments, learning disabilities and other health challenges.
CranioSacral Therapy is a gentle method of detection and correction that encourages your own natural healing mechanisms to dissipate these negative effects of stress on your central nervous system. You also benefit from better overall health and resistance to disease.
Because of its positive effect on so many body functions, CranioSacral Therapy is practiced today by a wide variety of healthcare professionals. They include medical doctors, doctors of Oriental medicine, naturopathic physicians, nurses, psychiatric specialists, psychologists, dentists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, acupuncturists, massage therapists and other professional body workers.
How is CranioSacral Therapy Performed?
The CranioSacral therapy practitioner uses a light touch - generally no more than the weight of a nickel to test for restrictions in the CranioSacral system. This is done by monitoring the rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid as it flows through the system. While experienced clinicians can detect that motion anywhere on your body, they can most easily feel it at the skull, sacrum and coccyx. These bones attach to the membranes that enclose the cerebrospinal fluid. The positive effects of CranioSacral therapy rely to a large extent on your body's natural self-corrective activities. The therapist's light, hands-on approach simply assists the hydraulic forces inherent in the CranioSacral system to improve your body's internal environment - and strengthen its ability to heal itself.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage is a profound technique to help increase lymph flow. With increased lymph flow, immune function is increased; harmful substances are removed from the tissues and neutralized. It has also been shown that an increase in lymph flow stimulates an increased production of lymphocytes enhancing immune function. Lymphatic drainage is very helpful for clients who are suffering from a lack of energy, a sluggish immune system or acute injuries.
Mu-Xing Therapy is a treatment that incorporates a variety of massage strokes designed to address ischemic tissue. This treatment utilizes various heated instruments created from the purest form of woods, combined with a custom blend of oil. Mu-Xing Therapy works on two levels; the warmth of the wood and oil, combine with the specialized techniques, aids in delivering an exceptional therapeutic massage.
Geriatric Massage, also known as senior massage, is massage specifically designed for use with elderly clients. This type of massage for the elderly uses gentle and light application of massage techniques and can include passive stretching and a light oil or lotion to permit your muscles to be worked on without causing excessive friction to the skin. These techniques can help enhance blood circulation, combat depression, improve balance and flexibility, reduce the pain of arthritis, increase joint mobility, improve posture, and encourage overall well-being. This massage can be especially helpful for maintaining and improving overall health as we age. It also has been shown to relieve anxiety and provide comfort, especially to touch-deprived elderly clients.
As a regular patient of Hockessin Chiropractic, I believe the personal treatment of Dr. Blossic and other staff members has helped me maintain my mobility and self-reliance, and put me on the road to good health. Their continued interest in my well-being has been impressive and greatly appreciated. I would never hesitate to recommend them.
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