What is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy can be much more than a spa service every now and again as a treat. At Cohen Centers, massage can be incorporated into a comprehensive treatment plan offering pain reduction and stress relief, while promoting an overall sense of well-being.
Massage therapists are licensed and trained to treat patients by using touch to manipulate soft tissue and muscles. In turn, relieving pain, healing injuries, improving circulation and aiding in overall wellness and well-being of Cohen Center patients.
What Type of Massage Therapies Are There?
There are many types of massage. Some forms will aim to relieve muscle injuries or problems while others simply aim to promote relaxation. Since our practice supports a variety of conditions and concerns, we look to pair the appropriate massage therapy with the needs of our patients.
Massage Therapies That May Be Recommended by Your Provider or Physical Therapist Include:
- Swedish massage – The most commonly known massage form, Swedish massage uses long strokes of varying pressure to ease and unknot muscles.
- Myofascial release – This is a style of hands-on massage therapy that involves longer pressure on select areas of the body to break up tight connective tissue. Myofascial release applied three times a week for two weeks, has offered noticeable relief of pain in some of our Rheumatoid Arthritis patients.
- Deep-tissue massage – Deep-tissue massage uses intense pressure and tissue manipulation to address stiffness and soreness. Please know, if the pressure during your massage seems too great, speak up and do not continue with this style of massage.
How Do I Identify Which Massage Therapy is Right for Me?
Ask for a Referral
Your Cohen Centers provider or physical therapist can guide you in identifying what therapy will be most beneficial for your condition. Moreover, your medical team can assist in connecting you with a massage therapist who understands your condition and the optimal way to support your treatment regimen.
Explain Your Pain
Be specific with your provider and therapists about where you hurt, (joint or muscle) and how severe the pain is. Different massage techniques may be recommended for different conditions.
Request an Appointment in Thousand Oaks, CA
If you are interested in massage therapy and would like to learn more, please give us a call at (805) 449-8781 or complete the email submission form below!