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Massage Therapy 2017-03-29T10:06:25+00:00

What IS Massage?

Massage: from the French word meaning “friction of kneading”; massage is an ancient manual (hands-on) treatment of superficial and deep layers of muscle and connective tissue using a variety of techniques to enhance function, aid in the healing process, decrease muscle reflex activity (spasms), inhibit motor-neuron excitability, and promote relaxation and well-being. The type of massage used will vary depending on the condition or circumstances the client presents with, but will always take personal preference into consideration

What Makes Us Different?

Your massage will be tailored to suit your needs and to maximize your healing potential.
Available for your company or special event. Call our office for details.
We combine acupuncture, chiropractic and massage as needed to get the absolute best results attainable.

Serin Needle in Sharp Relief © 2013 Dr. Eric Strand

Acupuncture

Ancient medicine for modern times: at Balance we use the oldest, original theories and style for a variety of conditions, including pain and injury, internal disorders and disease, and the stressful effects of daily living.

Lumbar Roll © 2013 Dr. Eric Strand

Chiropractic

We use chiropractic medicine at Balance to restore proper physical alignment, encourage innate healing, and reduce pain, and increase immobility. Our safe and gentle adjustment style works well with all ages.

Listening Within © 2016 Eric Strand

Life Medicine

At Balance Health and Injury Clinic we offer treatment for a large variety of conditions from everyday conditions to chronic conditions. All of the treatments and services we offer are here to give your life a greater Balance.

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Nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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Massage

Not all massage is created equal. The style of bodywork is directly related to the personal desires, or medical needs of the person being worked on.

From the medical style [focused more on breaking up scar tissue, mobilizing joints, lymphatic drainage, and releasing locked tissues] to the stress relieving, relaxation massage [meant to soothe and help decompress], there is a technique for every condition – a benefit for every person.

In the image to the right you see an example of chair massage: usually a short, relaxation massage focused on the neck, upper back, and shoulders. Chair massage is a great way to decompress for a few minutes, and is a nice reward for yourself, or even your employees for a job well done. Balance does monthly outreach to a variety of local businesses, usually taking care of our teachers, police, and firefighters.

If all you have is a moment, just ten minutes can change your perspective on life… and the way your body deals with it. Everyone can use a massage; what’s your excuse?

Taking a Moment © 2012 Dr. Eric Strand

Massage FAQ

Massage is traditionally applied to bare skin. This doesn’t mean that the client’s modesty is ever compromised. You will be properly draped during the entire session with a sheet, carefully undraping only one area of the body at a time as the need arises.

The extent of a massage will depend on several factors, including the length of the session, the specific need for treatment, the techniques used, and the client’s comfort level with touch.

When there is an injury or condition to be addressed, the entire session may focus on a single area. There may also be a need for treatment of other body areas that are affected by an injury, such as when a sprained ankle forces the opposite leg to bear all the stress of walking and weight-bearing, resulting in low back problems.

When a massage is sought for relaxation, you and the practitioner will discuss the desired outcome of your session. This will determine which parts of your body require massage. A typical full body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders with the abdomen and/or gluteus/hip area as optional. You will not be touched on or near your genitals (male or female) or breasts (male or female). If you are uncomfortable with being massaged in any area, just inform the therapist of your wishes and the therapist will adjust the massage accordingly.

It depends on the techniques used. In general a massage session may start with broad, flowing strokes which will help to calm your nervous system and relax exterior muscle tension. As your body becomes relaxed, pressure will gradually be increased to relax specific areas and relieve areas of muscular tension. You should communicate immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massages are most effective when your body is not resisting.
During the course of a massage, the therapist will probably find areas of tenderness or pain. The level of pain will depend entirely on the therapist’s techniques and the sensitivity of the area in question. Receiving massage strokes in tender areas often creates a very satisfying sensation of “good pain.” If, however, you have to hold your breath, furrow your brow, or tense your body to endure the pain, simply let your therapist know so they can decrease the pressure or try a different technique. Severe pain triggers the release of stress hormones into the bloodstream, which is hardly the goal of massage therapy.

Some massage techniques involve deep pressure that can be very painful initially, yet they have long-term benefits that may outweigh the short-term discomfort. A professional therapist will always explain the benefits of painful procedures and allow the client to accept or decline such procedures.

Make yourself comfortable. The practitioner will either gently move you or guide you to a position that is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax. Others like to talk during their session. Feel free to ask the practitioner questions about massage in general or about the particular technique you are receiving.
While the ultimate goal of massage is to make you feel better, occasionally you may start out feeling sore and achy. This is a normal process as the massage process increases your blood flow to your muscles, almost like a good workout at the gym!

Although we try and avoid it, some people may experience some bruising depending on how deep your practitioner goes with the techniques, as well as how easily the client bruises.

Communicate. Talk. Ask. Guide. Regardless if the massage is out of medical necessity, or elective, the depth, pressure, and style of massage is completely within your control. Do not hesitate to let your therapist know if they’ve gone too deep – a grin and bear it attitude can lead to a terrible massage!

The same goes for the area in which your therapist works: if you are for any reason, ever uncomfortable we ask that you let your therapist know immediately. Here at Balance we will always explain any necessary uncommon areas or techniques prior to ‘digging in’; we want you to be comfortable with everything that we do. And in the end, it is all up to you!

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All it takes is one moment. One instant in time to change a life forever.

Living in pain is only an option for so long. When you are ready to live a more Balanced life, we will be here for you.
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