Massage Therapy

Studies of the benefits of massage therapy demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. The massage therapy services available in Portage at Vitality Healthcare may also be helpful for:

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

Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage therapy because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort, and connection.

At Vitality Healthcare in Portage, we offer Deep Tissue, Therapeutic, Swedish, Prenatal Massage, Hot Stone Therapy, Trigger Point Therapy, Acupressure, Myofascial Release, Reflexology and Medical Massage. We have five Licensed Massage Therapists on staff at Vitality Healthcare to provide Portage with a relaxing and therapeutic massage tailored to your body’s specific needs. Each massage therapy session in our Portage area office is 50 minutes. 

Swedish Massage

One of the most commonly taught and well-known massage techniques, Swedish massage is a technique designed to relax the entire body. This is accomplished by rubbing the muscles with long gliding strokes in the direction of blood returning to the heart. Swedish massage is exceptionally beneficial for increasing the level of oxygen in the blood, decreasing muscle toxins, improving circulation and flexibility while easing tension. Therapists use a combination of kneading, rolling, vibrational, percussive, and tapping movements, with the application of oil, to reduce friction on the skin.

Prenatal Massage

Specifically designed to help ease the stresses of childbearing, this form of massage therapy uses techniques to reduce stress on the joints, alleviate backaches and reduce edema. Prenatal massage increases blood flow, aids in sleep and can relieve anxiety and depression associated with hormonal changes. Patients must be through their first trimester. We now offer prenatal massage using a prenatal massage table. The prenatal table with an adjustable prenatal cutout allows you to lie comfortably and securely on your stomach at any stage of your pregnancy. The prenatal massage table is available upon request. Must be through 1st trimester.

Deep Tissue Massage

Techniques that utilize deep-tissue/deep-muscle massage are administered to affect the sub-layer of musculature and fascia. It helps with chronic muscular pain and injury rehabilitation and reduces inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendinitis. It is generally integrated with other massage techniques.

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral therapy encourages the body’s natural healing mechanisms to improve the functioning of the central nervous system, dissipate the negative effects of stress, and enhance health and resistance to disease. The craniosacral therapy practitioner uses a light touch to assist the natural movement of fluid within the craniosacral system. Therapists generally use only five grams of pressure, roughly the weight of a nickel, to test for restrictions in various parts of the craniosacral system. It’s often possible for the evaluation alone to remove the restriction and allow the system to correct itself.

Hot Stone Therapy

Stones of all shapes and sizes and varying temperatures are used during Hot Stone massage therapy to elicit physical healing, mental relaxation, and a spiritual connection to earth energy. Warm stones encourage the exchange of blood and lymph and provide soothing heat for deep-tissue work. Stones are placed in varying positions on the body for energy balancing or may be used by the therapist for specific trigger-point work. Please let us know at the time of booking your appointment.

Myofascial Release

Myofascial release is the three-dimensional application of sustained pressure and movement into the fascial system in order to eliminate fascial restrictions. Myofascial release is an effective therapeutic approach in the relief of cervical pain, back pain, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, neurological dysfunction, restriction of motion, chronic pain, and headaches

Trigger Point Therapy

Myofascial trigger point therapy is used to relieve muscular pain and dysfunction through applied pressure to trigger points of referred pain and through stretching exercises. These points are defined as localized areas in which the muscle and connective tissue are highly sensitive to pain when compressed.

Acupressure

Also known as shiatsu, Acupressure is an ancient healing art using the fingers to gradually press key healing points, which stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities.  When acupressure points are stimulated, they release muscular tension, promote circulation of blood, and enhance the body’s life force energy to aid healing.

Reflexology

Reflexology involves manipulation of specific reflex areas in the foot, hands, and ears that correspond to other parts of the body. Similar to acupressure principles, reflexology works with the body’s energy flow to stimulate self-healing and maintain balance in physical function. This technique is used to reduce pain, increase relaxation, and stimulate circulation of blood and lymphatic fluids. Reflexology is also convenient in cases where an area of the body is traumatized or diseased to the extent that direct manipulation is not appropriate.

Breast Tissue Massage

Post-lumpectomy, mastectomy or breast reconstruction massage. Increases local circulation, reduces scar tissue, relieves pain and tension and increases the range of motion in the area of the damaged tissues. Please let us know at the time of booking your appointment.

Oncology Massage

Oncology massage is the modification of existing massage therapy techniques in order to safely work with complications of cancer and cancer treatment. Clinical assessments and adaptations to the massage session for someone experiencing cancer or with a history of cancer treatment are critical to providing a safe massage. Standard oncology massage intake questions include those pertaining to:

  • cancer treatment history
  • tumor site or metastasis
  • compromised blood cell counts
  • lymph node involvement
  • blood clots or blood clot risk
  • medications (short and long-term)
  • vital organ involvement
  • fragile or unstable tissue
  • medical devices
  • fatigue, neuropathy, or pain
  • changes in sensation
  • late effects of treatment

Please let us know at the time of booking your appointment.

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