Massage Therapy Specialist

A.J. Hunziker, D.C. -  - Chiropractor

American Chiropractic

A.J. Hunziker, D.C.

Chiropractor & Rehabilitation Specialist located in Jacksonville, FL & Jacksonville Beach, FL

Massage is a health technique that is thousands of years old. It feels good and provides health benefits! Modern massage therapy has become a profession that has evolved with scientific knowledge of the body. Dr. A. J. Hunziker, owner of American Chiropractic in Jacksonville, FL, includes massage therapy as an integral part of his practice that promotes health and healing. Call our office, or use our convenient online scheduling tool to book your appointment.

Massage Therapy Q & A

What are the benefits of massage therapy?

Massage therapy--scientific manipulation of muscles and soft tissues using pressure with the hands, fingers, and sometimes forearms or elbows--has many benefits:

  • Relieves muscle pain and soreness.
  • Increases joint function. Relieves tight, stiff muscles, improving your ability to complete daily activities.
  • Helps relieve back pain and headache
  • Increases lymphatic drainage. Flushes toxins out of your body and speeds healing; helps relieve cancer symptoms.  
  • Realigns scar tissue
  • Increases local blood flow
  • Improves alertness
  • Enhances sleep patterns
  • Increases relaxation. Who doesn’t want to feel more relaxed? Massages can lower cortisol levels by 50%.

What happens during massage therapy?

You enter a private room with a table with sheets and a light blanket; calm music plays in the background. You remove your clothing and cover yourself. A headrest is at one end of the table where you place your head when you are lying on your stomach. The therapist knocks and enters when you are ready.

Trained, licensed massage therapists use specific therapy modalities based on your specific needs:

  • Ultrasound
  • Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS)
  • Hot packs/cold packs
  • Neuromuscular re-education
  • Myofascial and trigger point release techniques
  • Manual and intersegmental traction techniques
  • Hydro-massage table
  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Chiropractic joint mobilization
  • Osteopathic manual manipulation techniques

Personalized and treatment-based massage therapy

American Chiropractic focuses on your well-being and your specific therapeutic needs when it comes to bodywork. Our licensed massage therapists integrate a variety of massage modalities, including deep tissue work, passive stretching, acupressure, neuromuscular re-education, and trigger point release treatments. For example, neuromuscular therapy treats poor circulation, pain from compressed nerves, poor posture issues, and repetitive movement injuries. Lymphatic drainage massage is a gentle treatment that helps cancer patients and those recovering from other illnesses. The massage may start at your feet and move upward  to the major lymph nodes in your groin, under your arms, and in your neck. 

Deep Tissue massage/Myofascial release

Deep tissue massage helps relieve back pain and muscle strain and increases joint flexibility and range of motion after an operation or injury. The massage uses firm pressure and slow strokes on layers of muscles and tendons to release stiffness from injury or fatigue. Techniques called kneading and effleurage increase blood flow to improve tissue flexibility and help muscles and bones return to normal positions. This procedure is not intended for full body massage; the therapist may apply a cold pack to relieve any soreness when the treatment is finished.