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