A Caring Touch: Massage Therapy

1315 W. College Ave, #200

State College, PA 16801

(814) 235-1236

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Massage For Everyone

Massage is defined as "the systematic manual or mechanical manipulations of the soft tissues of the body by movements such as rubbing, kneading, pressing, rolling, slapping, and tapping for therapeutic purposes"

Massage works with the soft tissues of the body. It does not work on bones or the bone structure. However, since the bones are surrounded by muscle and soft tissue, massage can help with dysfunction related to bones.

It is a form of therapy that works very well in conjunction with chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy, yoga, exercise, meditation, relaxation, or whatever else you do to care for yourself.

Who should have a Massage?

Adults of all ages and just about any physical condition who want to recover, prevent, and maintain their health can benefit from Massage Therapy.

Children who are active and may be recovering from major or minor injuries  still have tight muscles, and starting them on massage early will help train their muscles to learn what is 'healthy'  and better maintain it. 

Pregnant Women can benefit from Massage Therapy to relieve fatigue, soreness, edema, and other discomforts. See more about Prenatal Massage Here

Infants have decreased issues such as tummy problems and stress (yes, infants get stressed!) plus massage stimulates muscle coordination and brain development. Plus, parents who massage their infants gain a bond and trust with the babies and can help ease or cure simple issues without medications or frequent trips to the doctor. Find out more about Infant Massage Here

Special Needs, hyperactive children, and children with Autism respond very well to Massage's calming touch

Athletes can receive Massage before or after a workout to prepare the muscles for extreme use, repair injuries, and enhance their muscles's abilities.

Who shouldn't have a Massage?

Massage does have an effect on the whole body so a doctor should be consulted before receiving Massage Therapy treatments if someone has:

  • Severe or uncontrolled high blood pressure

  • Certain cancers

  • Muscle or nerve diseases

  • Taking certain medications

  • Contagious or communicable diseases (including a cold or the flu)

  • Skin afflictions or diseases

 

Many times, a massage can be modified to compensate for certain conditions, but it is always best to ask a doctor if a questionable condition is present.

What conditions can be helped by massage?

  • Aches and pains

  • Old injuries

  • Difficulty sleeping

  • Digestive/stomach problems

  • High blood pressure

  • Exercise/Sports enhancement

  • Sports injuries

  • Sitting at a desk/computer all day

  • Stiffness

  • Frozen shoulder

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Car accident recovery

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Shin splints

  • Low back pain/sciatica

  • Migraines