Frequently Asked Questions about Massage Therapy
Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions about massage therapy in Temple, Killeen or Waco. Knowing the answers to these important questions will help you pick the best massage therapy for you. If we didn't cover a question you may have, give us a call and we will be more than happy to help answer your question.
Massage is a manual therapy that releases tension and trigger points in your muscles and connective tissue. A trained and licensed massage therapist in Waco who has in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology as well as different massage techniques performs the therapy.
Massage ranges from gentle, relaxing strokes to deep tissue and fascia work. Your massage therapist uses their hands, arms, and elbows as well as tools to work into your muscles and connective tissue to release tension, break up trigger points, and help you relax.
While you may associate massage with relaxation and as a way to treat yourself, the team includes massage in treatment plans for a wide range of conditions including:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Joint pain
- Post-surgical pain
- Injuries from sports and other accidents
Massage can also help reduce stress and improve your overall sense of well-being. It helps boost your circulation and can lower your blood pressure.
During the massage, you usually undress to your own comfort level and lie on a treatment table under soft sheets or blankets. A massage table has a cushioned donut-shaped face rest that allows you to lie flat on your front without twisting your neck. When you lie on your back, your therapist may provide a bolster under your knees to reduce tension on your lower back.
Your massage therapist asks about any pain or specific concerns you have and may confirm some details from your doctor or physical therapist. Often, massage therapists use an oil or lotion to reduce friction on your skin while they rub your muscles.
Depending on your specific needs, your therapist may focus on one part of your body, or they may provide a full body massage from your head to your toes.
Massage provides many physical, emotional, and mental benefits. For example, it releases tension in your muscles and releases trigger points, which reduces pain and improves your flexibility and range of motion. It also improves your circulation, helping your cardiovascular system move blood throughout your body, which supports the healing process and overall body function. Massage also helps you mentally unwind and let go of the thoughts and anxieties that can lead to painful tension throughout your body.
If you're interested in massage therapy or want to know how it could fit into your treatment plan, call or make an appointment online today.