Massage Therapy San Diego

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Massage Therapy San Diego

We now offer massage therapy at Mizuta & Associates Physical Therapy. Massage is used for a variety of rehabilitation purposes, including pain relief, to improve joint range of motion, increase muscle flexibility, reduce spasm and muscle cramping, and to decrease rehabilitation time. Massage therapy is considered to be an alternate form of therapy that involves minimal risks. Many patients who are undergoing treatment for an injury find it beneficial to utilize massage therapy in conjunction with their physical therapy treatment. Massage therapy is also beneficial for clients without injuries or for those who may not necessarily be in need of physical therapy. Massage helps to reduce depression and anxiety, promote relaxation, and overall wellness. We currently have two licensed massage therapists, one male and one female, who offer customized massages to fit each individual’s specific needs. The treatment can be performed in your home or our clinic. Our massage therapists are licensed and have experience working with a wide variety of diagnoses and injuries. Please read below on how massage therapy can help your aching muscles.

Muscle Strain/Spasm

Muscle spasms and strain may occur when a muscle is overused and tired, particularly if it is overstretched or if it has been held in the same position for a prolonged period of time. In effect, the muscle cell runs out of energy and fluid and becomes hyperexcitable, resulting in a forceful contraction. This spasm may involve part of a muscle, the whole muscle, or even adjacent muscles. Once the muscle contracts, it can remain in that position for prolonged time, and it will feel like it is cramping, stuck or tight and can be very painful (Wedro, 2013).

Many people seek outside intervention to reduce muscle spasms and cramping because of chronic and periodic moments that can lead to increased pain and decreased function. Intervention for muscle cramping can be reduced and prevented with proper techniques demonstrated by a physical therapist. Some people who experience muscle cramping or spasms may be more appropriate to receive medication or further testing by a medical doctor to rule out additional pathologies or causes.

Neck/Back Pain and Massage

Many factors contribute to the onset of pain, including job duties, hobbies, household responsibilities, studying, and genetics. About 90% of the population will complain of low back or neck pain at some point in their lives. Most of the problem can be easily corrected with changes made in the workstation set-up or breaking poor postural habits. These contributing factors can lead to pain in neck or low back. Pain often begins as a soreness or stiffness in the neck and shoulder blades and can progress to headache pressure and band-like symptoms around head and/or back tightness that can progress to the hip, leg, and toes. This can often lead to progressive problems such as numbness and tingling or burning sensation in the extremities.

A physical therapist can make sure you are prescribed the appropriate exercises for your condition, and can modify the exercise as necessary. However, physical therapy may not be enough. Supplemental treatment such as massage therapy could be beneficial to maintain pain free activities of daily living by working on soft tissue and relieving pressure in the muscles.

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