Frequently Asked Questions

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…and they all have answers too!


Q: What are some of the physical effects of medical massage?

A: Medical massage can break up scar tissue and lead to increased circulation. Increasing overall health.


Q: Can medical massage help me with car accident injuries?

A: Yes! Medical massage combined with other treatments is one of the best ways to recover quickly after a car accident.


Q: Do I have to take off my clothes to get a massage?

A: Our clinic uses massage methods that do not require the patient to completely disrobe. Instead, the massage is done through “windows” created with towels. The whole session is done while maintaining patient modesty. The patient is not require to remove pants or shirts. For example… a lower back massage is done by lifting the persons shirt a few inches and towels are placed to cover the clothes. This keeps the massage lotion from getting on the clothing.


Q: What are the physiological effects of sports massage?

A: Massage has many physiological benefits, such as:

  • Reduced Pain  – Tension and waste products in muscles can often cause pain. Massage helps reduce this in many ways including releasing the bodies natural pain relieving chemicals called endorphins.

  • Relaxation – Muscles relax through heat generated, circulation and stretching. Special nerve tissues called Mechano-receptors, which sense touch, pressure and tissue length, are stimulated causing a reflex relaxation.


Q: What are the psychological effects of massage?

A: Massage has many positive psychological effects, here are a few:

  • Decreased Anxiety  – Through the physiological effects mentioned above, relaxation is induced and thus mental anxiety decreases.
  • Improved sense of well being – if massage is done with brisk movements such as what would be done before an athletic event then this can produces an sense of well being and alertness.


Q: What are the physical effects of massage?

A: Massage has numerous physical effects on almost all parts of the human body, some notable examples are:

  • Increased Circulation – The stroking movements in massage  improves the flow of fluids through arteries, veins and lymph vessels. By increasing the pressure in front of the stroke, a small vacuum is created behind. This is especially important in taut, spastic or damaged muscle tissue as a taut muscle will squeeze blood out of itself like squeezing water out of a sponge, depriving the tissues of essential nutrients and energy for tissue repair.
  • Increased tissue permeability – Deep massage causes the pores in tissue membranes to open, enabling the water in your body and nutrients to pass through. This helps remove waste products such as lactic acid and encourage the muscles to take up oxygen and nutrients which help them recover quicker.
  • Stretching – Massage can stretch tissues that could not be stretched in the usual methods, especially in hard to reach areas such as the middle back. Bundles of muscle fibers are stretched lengthwise as well as sideways. Massage can also stretch the sheath or fascia that wraps around the muscle. This can release tension build up.
  • Break up scar tissue – Scar tissue is the result of previous injuries, trauma and inflammation which can effect muscle, tendons and ligaments. This can lead to inflexible tissues that are prone to re-injury and pain.
  • Improve tissue elasticity – Intense training or workouts can make tissues hard and inelastic. This is one reason why intense training may not help in muscle and joint pain. Massage helps reverse this by stretching the tissues and improving circulation


Q: What types of treatments are available at your office?

A: We strive to provide the latest and most effective proven treatments to help you recover faster. Check out our Services Page for a listing and descriptions of the services we currently provide you help you get back to health.


Q: I have a question about insurance, can I call and ask?

A: Yes! Many times your insurance will cover the cost of treatment. If you have a question about how to open an insurance claim or check if your visits are covered, give us a call at 360.907.4470 during our regular business hours.