In treating chronic pain, there is an important role for invasive measures, such as epidural steroid injections, the surgical implantation of dorsal-column stimulators and other surgical options. But there is also a multitude of effective, non-invasive manual treatment options available to patients, with far fewer side effects and risks.
At the Kaplan Center for Integrative Medicine, massage therapy is a powerful and effective adjunct to many of our patients’ treatment plans. Manual and energetic approaches, such as Swedish Massage, Deep-tissue Massage, Lymph Drainage Therapy, SomatoEmotional Release, CranioSacral Therapy, Reiki, and Myofascial Release, release tension and increase relaxation and fluid flow which allows healing to occur, and can also help patients cut back on medication. It is our experience that when massage therapy is incorporated into an individualized and comprehensive treatment plan healing is likely to be much faster and more complete.
Massage therapy may help provide symptomatic relief to patients suffering with chronic neck and back pain, fibromyalgia, physical and emotional stress, scoliosis, tendonitis and bursitis, TMJ, cancer, and other chronic pain conditions. Our massage services are offered to our patients as well as individuals who are not being treated by a Kaplan Center physician.
Which type of massage is right for you?
The only way to answer this question is to have a conversation with our therapist, but below you’ll find a brief description of the types of therapeutic massage and body work offered at the Kaplan Center.
Lymph Drainage Therapy – A deeply relaxing massage that is useful in relieving inflammation. Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT) is a gentle way to support the body’s lymph system in removing toxins from the body and can be a valuable addition to a detox protocol (i.e. patients undergoing treatment for heavy metal or mold toxicity). LDT can be used to relieve post-surgical edema and to remove residual anesthesia from the body. Research has shown LDT to be helpful in the reduction of the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
CranioSacral Therapy – A very effective, light-touch therapy that supports the body’s own healing resources to release physical imbalances and restrictions, as well as residual emotional trauma, that has been stored in the body’s membranes and connective tissue. This frees the central nervous system to perform optimally — allowing patients to experience pain relief, stronger immune function and an enhanced sense of well-being.
SomatoEmotional Release – A therapeutic process that helps rid the mind and body of residual effects of past trauma associated with negative experiences. A typical session involves subtle body work combined with dialogue to assist the process of release and to increase an awareness of your “inner self.”
Reiki – A form of energy work in which practitioners place their hands lightly on or just above a person in order to channel energy and encourage the person’s own healing response.
Therapeutic Massage (Swedish, Deep Tissue, and Myofascial Massage) – Therapeutic Massage assists the body in relieving tension in the muscles and can increase mobility. Massage is beneficial to the system as it has been shown to reduce pain and increase fluid to the muscles. In addition, non-invasive therapeutic touch can be helpful in soothing the nervous system.