Tight, knotted muscles? Massage therapy can unkink those knots. Victoria Reyzelman, DC, and the team at Conscious Chiropractic & Acupuncture in San Francisco, California, provide massage therapy to enhance your health by minimizing chronic pain, boosting circulation, and relieving stress, to name a few benefits. Many therapeutic styles are available, including prenatal massages. To book your massage therapy session, call today or request an appointment online.

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What is massage therapy?

Massage therapy is the application of various hands-on techniques to your muscles and tissues to promote circulation, relieve stress, and much more. Sometimes called “the healing touch,” massage therapy typically involves:

  • Movable or fixed pressure
  • Holds
  • Bodily movements

Massage therapy techniques work by influencing the health of your body’s systems, such as your musculoskeletal, circulatory, and nervous system, among others.

What are the benefits of massage therapy?

The goal of massage therapy is to improve your physical and mental health and well-being. The advantages of this therapeutic approach include:

  • Stress relief
  • Lowered heart rate
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Increased circulation
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Chronic pain relief
  • Improved range of motion
  • Increased flexibility
  • Enhanced immunity
  • Migraine pain relief

Massage therapy may prove beneficial to your mental health, with the potential to:

  • Ease mental stress
  • Boost concentration
  • Aid in mental relaxation
  • Promote deep sleep

The process of massage therapy offers the added benefit of releasing endorphins, which are naturally occurring painkillers, to help address chronic muscle pain.

What are the styles of massage therapy?

Massage therapy at Conscious Chiropractic & Acupuncture incorporates specific approaches that are tailored to your overall health and medical complaints. Before your massage session, expect your therapist to discuss with you the areas of your body that you’d like to target with massage therapy.

Styles of massage therapy include:

  • Acupressure
  • Rolfing
  • Shiatsu
  • Deep tissue
  • Swedish
  • Thai

Alternatives include craniosacral therapy to relieve headaches and neck pain, and active release, which combines manual manipulation and movements to increase circulation and promote healing after an injury.

During pregnancy, Conscious Chiropractic & Acupuncture provides prenatal massages that are customized to your stage of pregnancy.

What are the benefits of prenatal massage?

Pregnancy is a joyous time, but you may experience low back pain and circulation issues as your pregnancy progresses. Conscious Chiropractic & Acupuncture offers prenatal massage therapy to help address these problems and promote your overall health when you’re pregnant.

According to research, prenatal massage may:

  • Ease stress
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Improve sleep
  • Relax muscle tension
  • Reduce pain
  • Make labor easier

Prenatal massage offers the potential to minimize swelling that’s common with pregnancy. Massage helps trigger the release of pregnancy-induced fluids that collect in your joints and tissues.

For a natural, holistic approach to boost your mental and physical well-being, call Conscious Chiropractic & Acupuncture today or request your massage therapy appointment online.