Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy | Participating Clinics

– Massage Therapy –

Massage is a popular therapy used to relieve muscle tension, spasms, inflammation, fluid retention, aches, stiffness, and pain.  Other benefits include improved circulation, general flexibility, range of motion, and increased tissue elasticity.

During treatment, the physical therapist may include localized massage as a prelude to exercise.  Massage increases circulation and warms muscles and other soft tissues.   As the therapist uses their hands or specialized tools to rhythmically knead, rub, and stroke muscles, circulation is stimulated.  Blood flow delivers oxygen and nutrients, and is key to helping muscles eliminate waste products, such as lactic acid.

What is Swedish massage?
This is the most popular form of massage used in North America. Often a lotion or oil is used to reduce skin friction. The therapist combines light stroking in one direction with deep pressure in another to relax muscles. The treatment expedites blood flow to flush lactic acid, uric acid, and other waste products from the muscles. Ligaments and tendons are stretched increasing their suppleness. Nerves are stimulated and relaxed, and stress is alleviated. The overall goal is to relax muscles.

What is deep tissue massage?
This technique targets chronic muscle tension. The therapist’s strokes are slower, using more direct pressure and friction. Depending on the texture of the deeper layers of muscle and tissue felt, the therapist periodically adjusts their hand positions, strokes, and intensity to work the tissues to release tension.

What is myofascial release?
Myofascial release, or soft tissue mobilization, is a technique used to release tension stored in the fascia. Fascia are sheets of fibrous tissue that encase and support muscles, separating them into groups and layers. Following trauma, the fascia and muscles may shorten restricting blood flow. The techniques used in myofascial release help to relax muscle tension and break up fascial adhesions.

What is trigger point and myotherapy?
Trigger points are tiny, tight nodules that form in muscles causing referred pain. Sometimes myofascial pain can be linked to one or more trigger points. The treatment goals include alleviating muscle spasms, improving circulation, and releasing trigger points. The therapist applies direct momentary pressure to a trigger point to cause its release. During the massage, the therapist may return several times to a stubborn trigger point to elicit its release.

- Participating Clinics -

These neighborhood physical therapy clinics provide Massage Therapy, click to schedule an appointment or learn more.

Puyallup (Meridian Physical Therapy)
Puyallup (Sunrise)
Seattle (University Physical Therapy)
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