Therapeutic Massage: A Growing Trend in Health Care

Last updated: May 05, 2010, 15:28 PM

By Joy Pierce Mathews for Summit Medical Group

 

Among the oldest of healing arts, massage therapy was used as long as 3000 years ago in China to help treat and cure a variety of ailments. The ancient Hindus, Persians, and Egyptians, for example, used massage to improve circulation and relieve pain.

Today, therapeutic massage includes many effective techniques to help treat conditions, diseases, and behaviors such as:

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Circulatory problems
  • Diabetes
  • Digestion problems
  • Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • High blood pressure
  • Migraine
  • Nervous system disorders
  • Pinched nerves
  • Infertility
  • Inflammation
  • Limited flexibility
  • Lower back and neck pain
  • Skeletal muscular strains
  • Smoking and other addictions
  • Sprains
  • Suppressed immunity
  • Stress

Massage Therapy at Summit Medical Group offers therapeutic massage treatments, including clinical massage, sports massage, and postsurgical massage. Our techniques include Swedish massage and deep tissue therapies such as neuromuscular therapy and myofascial release. We also offer structural integration, trigger point therapy, prenatal massage, and reflexology. “Our highly skilled, certified massage therapists are adept at customizing your massage therapy so that it is integrated into your overall treatment regimen and meets your health needs,” notes Summit Medical Group Massage Therapist Paul Cusumano. He adds, “We cooperate with neurologists, orthopedists, general practitioners, psychiatrists, podiatrists, oral surgeons, osteopaths, chiropractors, and other specialists to coordinate your care to help improve and maintain your health.”

If you plan to have massage therapy, your massage therapist will:

  • Ask about your symptoms
  • Determine where you have painful or tight areas
  • Review your medical history
  • Review your physician’s instructions
  • Ask about your goals for massage therapy
  • Explain the technique that he or she will use to treat you
  • Ask if you are allergic to ingredients that might be included in certain oils and lotions

“There’s no special preparation needed for therapeutic massage,” says Mr. Cusumano; “however, you should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to your appointment. In some cases, you might be asked to undress and cover yourself with a sheet. You can have a massage in a chair, and you also can have a massage fully clothed.” When you schedule your massage, discuss your goals, desires, and concerns about your massage therapy with your Summit Medical Group massage therapist. He or she will recommend an approach that’s right for you.

To learn more or schedule an appointment,
please call Summit Medical Group Massage Therapy 
at 908-277-8936.