Medical Massage Therapy
Alliance Integrative Medicine has been a pioneer in the effort to bring the healing benefits of therapeutic massage into the arena of conventional medicine. While many of us think of massage as a spa-based luxury, more and more research supports the vision the Alliance has held for many years: massage helps us heal. Massage also offers a wonderful way to help you feel more relaxed, less anxious, and can help reduce many kinds of pain. Our talented staff of massage therapists offers a variety of massage therapies. They all work closely with our medical doctors, chiropractors, and other therapists to make sure you get the massage therapy that is best for you.
Craniosacral therapy is a soft-touch manipulation (using force no greater than the weight of a nickel) that addresses the alignment of the head, spinal column, and sacrum. Considered a non-invasive form of massage, the patient can remain fully clothed. Craniosacral therapy relaxes the central nervous system and is often recommended for patients diagnosed with headaches, migraines, seizure disorders, fibromyalgia, TMJ or TMD, or autism.
This gentle therapy is useful for relieving gas pains, constipation and colic, stimulating weight gain, and boosting our youngest patients’ immune systems.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage
The lymphatic system in your body helps move cellular waste back into the circulatory system to then be removed by your liver. When this system becomes sluggish, you may experience pain and swelling.The massage practitioner uses light pressure and rhythmic, circular massage to stimulate movement in the lymphatic system. This treatment is often recommended to help resolve an acute problem (e.g., a sprained ankle). It may also be used to treat general joint swelling, to reduce scar formation, and to boost energy. Patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia and lymphedema, (especially after a mastectomy) can benefit significantly from this type of massage.
Muscle Energy Techniques
The patient and practitioner actively work together to help improve mobility and strength. These treatments work well for patients upon completion of physical rehabilitation.
The myofascial tissue is a thin, yet strong, connective tissue that supports and protects your muscles and bones. By applying gentle, sustained pressure to the fascia, restrictions to muscles can be eliminated — reducing pain and increasing mobility/range of motion. This therapy is often recommended for patients with muscle and/or joint soreness and muscle imbalances.
Myoneural Release (for TMJ problems)
Wearing gloves, the massage therapist works inside the patient’s mouth to relax the medial and lateral pterygoid muscles to reduce pain associated with headaches, TMJ, and extensive dental work.
Precision Neuromuscular Therapy
Often recommended for any part of the musculoskeletal system that is in pain, to treat headaches, or to increase the patient’s range of motion and mobility, this form of massage is a very muscle-specific treatment. The patient and practitioner work together — communicating assessments while the practitioner shares insights about how the affected muscles work together. Since the therapist will work on specific, affected areas only, the patient usually remains clothed.
Massage therapy can be incorporated into routine prenatal care to support both physical and emotional health. Prenatal massage helps relieve many of the usual discomforts experienced during pregnancy, including backaches, neck stiffness, leg cramps, headaches, and swelling. And studies show that massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and joint pains, and improve labor outcomes and newborn health.