Massage Therapy Specialist

Davis Integrated Medicine

Alfred Davis Jr., DC

Wellness Center located in Montclair, NJ

Patients dealing with chronic pain can find relief from massage therapy. At Davis Integrated Medicine patients from the Montclair, New Jersey area find relief from pain, muscle tension, and joint stiffness with massage therapy techniques.

Massage Therapy Q & A

What is Massage Therapy?

Massage therapy is a manual treatment addressing muscular disorders and discomfort. Massage therapy includes several different techniques. Using their fingers, hands, arms, and sometimes the balls of their feet, massage therapists will press, rub, and manipulate the muscles and soft tissues of the body to help them relax and reduce pain. Massage provides an array of health-related benefits including chronic and acute pain relief, rehabilitating sports injuries, reducing stress, increasing relaxation, soothing anxiety, and depression, and improving general wellness.

What Kinds of Massage Are Used at Davis Integrated Medicine?

While there are many types of massage, various methods used tend to fall under two main categories - gentle and very active/intense. Some types of massage we use at Davis Integrated Medicine include:

  • Swedish massage - very gentle and is often used to promote relaxation, improve blood flow, and relieve muscle tension. The therapist uses long, gliding strokes with a kneading and tapping technique on the top layer of muscles in the direction of blood flow to the heart. Swedish massage may include gentle moving of your joints to improve range of motion.
  • Deep tissue massage - more active and intense. Deep tissue massage is used to treat chronic and long-lasting muscle tension. The therapist applies slow strokes (with the thumbs, fingers, and elbows) to apply intense pressure in order to reach deeper layers of muscles than what can be reached with a Swedish massage technique.
  • Trigger point massage - is less gentle and can at times be uncomfortable. The therapist applies firm pressure to tight, tense muscles or knots that have been injured or overused until the muscles relax. Be sure to let your therapist know if you experience any discomfort during the massage.

What Specific Conditions Can Massage Therapy Help?

Massage therapy relaxes the muscle and connective tissue, leading to reduced nerve compression, improved joint space, and increased the range of motion. This can help to reduce pain and improve function. Massage therapy is also known to improve circulation which increases the delivery of nutrients and oxygen to the muscle and assists to remove waste products or toxins. Massage therapy has been used to supplement treatment for conditions such as:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia related to stress
  • Digestive disorders
  • Sports injuries
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Temporomandibular joint pain
  • Soft tissue strains or injuries