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Posted on 11-16-2012

North Park chiropractor Dr. Cynthia Seaman says there are over 50 therapeutic massage techniques out there, and the type that’s right for you depends on your unique purpose for obtaining one.

Deep Tissue Massage

This is a deep massage meant to reach deep into your muscles and “unstick” the fibers they contain. Deep Tissue Massage focuses on slow strokes that penetrate deeper into the muscles than other forms of massage which interacts more completely with the muscle groups. It is especially good for muscle damage from an injury such as whiplash or back strain, and it helps release toxins and break patterns of tension.

Sports Massage

This massage is meant to help prevent athletic injury, relieve swelling, fatigue and muscle tension, increase flexibility and restoring mobility to the injured muscle and help enhance athletic performance. It can be used before, during and after an athletic event. The techniques used depend on the athlete and the specific outcomes desired.

Chair Massage

This is a great way to relax in 10 or 20 minutes. The massage is for your upper body, and it’s done while you’re fully clothed and seated in a special portable chair. Because the chair is portable, you may see this type of massage being performed at health clubs, health food stores, airports or private events and parties.

Infant Massage

This technique includes a mix of touch, massage and reflexology that is typically taught to new mothers as a way to bond with their infants and encourage their health. A University of Miami study found that infants who received 15 minutes of massage a day gained weight 47 percent faster than those who did not, along with demonstrated other physical and neurological benefits.

Lymph System Massage

Massaging the lymph system, which helps remove toxins from the body, is meant to help detoxify the system and improve health. A Danish doctor, Hans Vodder, first noticed the connection between swollen and blocked lymph glands and an increase in infections and other conditions in the 1930s. He and his wife developed the technique, which is supposed to improve the flow of the lymph system. The technique involves light, rhythmic strokes of the muscle fiber.

Post-Partum Massage

Postpartum massage is meant to help the new mom recover from pregnancy and labor. Providing gentle abdominal massage is thought to stimulate and return your organs to their pre-pregnancy state whereas abdominal connective tissue massage helps the stretched skin and underlying tissues regain elasticity. General circulatory massage is applied to help your body remove any built up toxins and aid in the general “flushing” that the body is undergoing. 

Call to schedule your massage with us today 773-545-2233 or visit us at seamanchiro.com to request an appointment.

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