Massage pictureMassage Therapy

Massage is one of the oldest healing arts: Chinese records dating back 3,000 years document its use; the ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians applied forms of massage for many ailments; and Hippocrates wrote papers recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems. Today, the benefits of massage are varied and far-reaching. As an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs, massage therapy has also proven beneficial for many chronic conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, infertility, smoking cessation, depression, and more. And, as many millions will attest, massage also helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to disease and illness.

So What Is It Exactly?
Massage, bodywork and somatic therapies are defined as the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the human body. Specifically:

Massage: The application of soft-tissue manipulation techniques to the body, generally intended to reduce stress and fatigue while improving circulation. The many variations of massage account for several different techniques.

Bodywork: Various forms of touch therapies that may use manipulation, movement, and/or repatterning to affect structural changes to the body.

Somatic: Meaning “of the body.” Many times this term is used to denote a body/mind or whole-body approach as distinguished from a physiology-only or environmental perspective.

There are more than 250 variations of massage, bodywork, and somatic therapies and many practitioners utilize multiple techniques. The application of these techniques may include, but is not limited to, stroking, kneading, tapping, compression, vibration, rocking, friction, and pressure to the muscular structure or soft tissues of the human body. This may also include non-forceful passive or active movement and/or application of techniques intended to affect the energetic systems of the body. The use of oils, lotions, and powders may also be included to reduce friction on the skin.

Types of massage techniques used at Cowan Chiropractic:

  • Therapeutic Massage – promotes relaxation and increases circulation, reduces stress and tension and provides relief for tight, sore muscles. It will also assist in normalizing high blood pressure. This type of massage is beneficial in producing a general sense of overall well being.
  • Prenatal Massage – helps relieve stress, reduces swelling, minimizes back discomfort and can aid in the ease and shorten the duration of labor and delivery.
  • Sports Massage – involves deep tissue work and assisted stretching to relieve tight sore muscles. This massage is very beneficial for increasing flexibility and range of motion and is vital in the healing and prevention of injuries by increasing muscle elasticity. Another crucial aspect of sports massage is Myofascial Release which helps muscles heal properly and completely.
  • Hot Stone Therapy – used by Native American Indians for hundreds of years, this type of therapy uses heated stones to enhance the effectiveness of massage by promoting a deeper sense of total relaxation. Hot Stone Therapy is available only at Cowan Chiropractic in 60-minute sessions.

Please note: Massage, bodywork and somatic therapies specifically exclude diagnosis, prescription, manipulation or adjustments of the human skeletal structure, or any other service, procedure or therapy which requires a license to practice orthopedics, physical therapy, podiatry, chiropractic, osteopathy, psychotherapy, acupuncture, or any other profession or branch of medicine.

money2Will My Insurance Cover It?
The services of a bodywork professional may be covered by health insurance when prescribed by a chiropractor or osteopathic physician. Therapies provided as part of a prescribed treatment by a physician or registered physical therapist are often covered.