At Performance Chiropractic we have integrated massage into the treatment of our patients. By utilizing massage along with chiropractic care, you get the in depth muscle work with the direction of Dr. Hannegan. Our massage therapist Dorothy Van Huss has a strong knowledge of human anatomy and a passion to help people heal. The combination creates an incredible ability for healing the body.
The massage environment at Performance Chiropractic is not a spa, it is a therapeutic environment designed for healing. We offer massage alongside of chiropractic as well as independent 30, 60, and 90 minute sessions.
Available Massage Techniques
Muscles in the body are in layers, and this type of massage works to provide a profound relief. Deep tissue massage is a therapeutic technique with three steps: warming up the superficial soft tissue using relaxation techniques, applying deeper pressure to get to the underlying layers of muscles, and relaxing hand glides to rest the muscles. Deep tissue massage may leave clients sore for 1-3 days due to its invasive nature, but its effects can leave clients pain free for a longer time than traditional massage. This type of massage is perfect for clients with chronic, deeper pain.
Prenatal massage is a special massage used for clients who are 14 weeks pregnant or more. * Prenatal massage begins supine with a large wedge bolster to sit the mother up for neck, arm, shoulder, and anterior leg massage. Then the massage turns side-lying with a body pillow and a regular pillow for comfort when massaging the back, hips, and posterior legs. The farther along during pregnancy, the deeper the massage can be. Massage is great for moms with back, hips, and feet pain and discomfort.
*First trimester massage is strictly cautioned against due to massage possibly increasing hormones that could put the pregnancy into jeopardy during the early stage of gestation; deep tissue and deep pressure massages are not recommended until the latter part of the third trimester because of this. Hands, ankles and lower legs should not be massaged until the third trimester, and they should be massaged gently when possible.
Swedish, or traditional relaxation massage is the type most popular in spas, massage therapy businesses, and resorts/hotels. It encompasses relaxation techniques that glide over soft tissue in a slow motion to provide relief from everyday soreness due to daily life. Swedish massage can be applied with light, medium, or deep pressure, but is not considered technically “deep tissue” contrary to popular opinion. This massage is excellent for those who battle mental health illnesses, fibromyalgia, or those looking to pamper themselves from everyday stresses.
Therapeutic massage is perfect for those needing rehabilitation from joint dysfunction, sports exhaustion, surgery, poor posture, and other skeletomuscular issues. Techniques involved include deep tissue, stretching, passive and active resistance exercises, PNF, muscle energy, and deep breathing. Like deep tissue, clients may be sore for up to 3-4 days, but the effects are long term and are constructively favorable when paired with chiropractic and/or physical therapy.
Aromatherapy simply has essential oils mixed with massage lotion to provide an olfactory sensation that stimulates the client into relaxation, focus, and refreshment. Some essential oils can even have healing properties. This type of massage can be used with any type of massage except prenatal, high blood pressure, and allergies.