Massage therapy has been practiced for thousands of years and continues to evolve and demonstrate great benefits for patients and clients alike. Massage involves working and manipulating the body with pressure. Massage therapy contains many different styles all dealing with a wide variety of pressure, movements, and techniques.
Many of these involve pressing, rubbing, and manipulating the skin with the hands, fingers, elbows, forearms or a device. Massage can be performed while lying on a massage table, sitting in a massage chair, or lying on a mat on the floor.
Four Common Types of Physical Therapy Massage:
Swedish Massage Therapy
Swedish massage therapy involves using long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration, and tapping to help relax and restore function of the body.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage therapy uses slower, more forceful strokes to help target muscle and connective tissues at a deeper level.
Sports Massage Therapy
Sports massage therapy is similar to a Swedish massage therapy, but focused on individuals who participate in sport and are looking to help prevent injuries.
Trigger Point Massage
Trigger point massage therapy is focused on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in muscles due to poor movement patterns and overuse.
Benefits of Massage Therapy
Massage therapy has been shown to have many benefits. Below is a list of the common benefits that you can gain from massage therapy.
- Reduction in pain
- Reduction in stress
- Improved flexibility
- Decreased inflammation
- Improved tissue repair
- Improved proprioception
At Symmetry Physical Therapy, Downtown Miami/Brickell, our licensed massage therapists are trained in a variety of massage methods and techniques to best suit your need.
Our physical therapists commonly recommend many patients use massage therapy in conjunction with their Physical Therapy program to help improve mobility, decrease restrictions in certain tight areas, and assist the patient to progress closer to their goals. In addition to traditional massage, Symmetry’s massage therapists use further therapeutic clinical resources such as cupping, deep muscle stimulation, and electrical stimulation as a compliment to the massage. Research in the field of Physical Therapy has shown that approaching injuries with a multidisciplinary approach results in better patient outcomes.
Not a patient? No problem. Anyone is welcome to enjoy a massage or stretch therapy session with our talented therapists.
Symmetry Physical Therapy is a privately owned one-on-one patient centered physical therapy clinic in Downtown Miami/Brickell. Every treatment is with the same Doctor of Physical Therapy for the entire hour. Symmetry’s specialized, dedicated, and passionate team of professionals are fully committed to each patient’s success.
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