Massage Therapy

The Orthopaedic Institute of Ohio offers massage therapy both for our orthopedic patients and others wishing to experience the multiple benefits of this therapy. Whether you are healing from an injury or surgery, looking for a way to manage chronic pain or want to relax and unwind, massage may be the treatment for you. Our licensed massage therapist offers a variety of techniques that allow for full customization of your treatment to your individual needs and expected outcome.

Benefits of Massage Therapy

Massage therapy offers a myriad of benefits, including:

  • Reduces arthritis and other joint pain
  • Relieves low back pain
  • Energizes the body
  • May lower high blood pressure
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Accelerates healing from injury or surgery
  • Helps restore range of motion and flexibility
  • Increases circulation

In addition to these benefits, most patients find the massage experience to be highly pleasant and relaxing. The staff at the Orthopaedic Institute of Ohio would be happy to discuss the advantages of massage with you further and help you determine if this treatment is a good choice for you.

Best Candidates for Massage Therapy

While massage can be a pleasant experience for nearly anyone, those suffering from stress, muscle tension and pain tend to be the ideal candidates. Research has shown massage is effective in reducing symptoms associated with these issues. While studies are still in process on the ability of massage to treat other conditions, patients with some of the following concerns have seen significant benefit from massage as well:

  • Tendonitis
  • Epicondylitis
  • plantar fasciitis
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Joint pain, including discomfort in the mandibular (jaw) joint
  • Digestive disorders
  • Frequent headaches
  • Sleep difficulties, particularly those related to stress
  • Side effects associated with cancer

Our massage therapist will discuss your concerns before your treatment to determine whether massage might be a beneficial treatment for you regarding your specific condition.

Options in Massage Therapy

To ensure your massage meets your individual needs, our therapist offers a variety of treatment options:

Swedish Massage

A gentle massage that uses deep circular motions and long strokes to work the tension and stress out of the muscles. The primary purpose of Swedish massage is relaxation, although the process also stimulates circulation for an energizing effect.

Deep Tissue Massage

Often recommended for patients that have trouble spots of pain, deep massage works into the inner layer of muscle and tissue to relieve chronic tension that can lead to painful symptoms. While not as relaxing as a Swedish massage, deep tissue massage should not be painful and can provide relief from challenging and painful conditions.

Positional Release

This technique involves moving the body into a position is held for a period of around 90 seconds to 2 minutes, which allows tightened muscles to slacken. This allows the muscle to “reboot” and be restored to balance and comfort prior to further manipulation, making the massage less painful, more effective, and its therapeutic effects longer-lasting.

Sports Massage

This type of treatment targets athletes to promote flexibility and reduce the risk of injury. The technique may also be used after injuries occur to encourage faster healing to the area. Strokes are typically faster so the process may not be as relaxing. Compression, joint mobilization and friction may also be added to the therapy.

Hot Stone Massage

As the name suggests, this massage technique involves the placement of warm stones on strategic locations of the back to release tension. The stones may be left in place or moved about as a tool in the massage process. The warmth of the stones relaxes the muscles, making it easier and faster for the massage therapist to produce the desired effect.

Massage Therapy at the Orthopaedic Institute of Ohio

Whether you need a therapeutic massage for a problem area or a relaxation massage, our licensed massage therapist Amy is here to help you. Amy is licensed by the State of Ohio and is a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. To schedule your appointment, contact the Orthopaedic Institute of Ohio at 419-222-6622.