Massage Therapy Hours
Injury Specific Massage (ISM)
Our massage therapy program works hand-in-hand with both our doctors and our rehabilitation department in order to help our patients return to optimal health in the shortest amount of time possible through ISM.ISM is designed for those patients that may have had a sudden flair-up or injury and need to get immediate relief. It is offered in “units” which is up to 15 minutes with a massage therapist. Currently, we offer up to two units per visit, each specifically targeting an individual complaint.Each ISM is performed on a massage table in our rehab department or in a massage chair, which is based on the massage therapist’s recommendation.
In the Hours After Your Massage:
After your massage you may notice profound changes in your body and mind. The following are some things that have helped many people get the most from their massage.
Drink extra water. During a massage circulation is improved, which helps flush irritating waste products from stressed muscles and other tissues. Drinking water aids the functioning of the whole body including the circulation and the kidneys, which are both involved with relieving the body of waste products. Drinking extra water also seems to help reduce soreness and fatigue after a massage.
Relax. Rest if you feel the need. If you can, take a nap or go to bed early. If you haven’t been sleeping well, receiving a massage may relax you enough that you will want to go to bed early and catch up on sleep. Stretch or ice areas that your therapist focused on during your massage. You also may want to do some gentle movement, such as walking, sometime in the hours after your massage to mildly encourage your muscles to work in a balanced and efficient way. Patients sometimes experience some soreness for 24 hours or so after a massage. If you do feel sore, stretch gently or take a hot shower or warm bath with Epsom Salts. Remember to tell your massage therapist about your experience so it can be taken into consideration in your next session.Stretching Tips:
To get the most out of your massage, practice these
self-care tips regularly.
Set up a reminder on your phone or computer to remind
you to stretch for two minutes every hour, or for five
minutes every two hours.
Exhale as you stretch whatever feels uncomfortable to
a feel-good position and inhale as you return to a
starting position. Please ask your therapist about
stretches for specific areas.
Insurance Coverage: YES! Some insurance companies including Health Savings Accounts may cover massage therapy. It is the policy of our office that you are a chiropractic patient of our doctors if you would like our office to bill your insurance. If you are unsure of your insurance coverage, our office will be glad to contact your insurance company to check your coverage after you have supplied us with the necessary information. We also accept cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, and CareCredit for your convenience.