We offer massage therapy at Turning Point Medical Group as a complementing treatment for our suite of physical therapy services. Massages are given by fully licensed and experiences massage therapists. Our clinic has a dedicated quiet, calm massage room.
The benefits of massage therapy include temporary relief of pain, stress release, and improved blood circulation, to name a few.
What Is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy has been an alternative treatment for aches and pains for many centuries. Along the way, dozens of different massage styles have evolved to give individuals pain relief from injuries and health related conditions. The Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing defines massage therapy as: “A collection of bodywork modalities designed to improve health through manual manipulation of soft tissues including stroking, kneading, pressing, tapping, and shaking. Intends to improve local circulation, reduce pain, and promote relaxation.”
Regardless of the particular style, or combination of styles, of massage therapy that you have, it employs various pressures, manipulation, and rubbing movements that target your soft tissues and muscles. Massage therapy is a hands-on therapy that involve our therapist’s hands, fingers, elbows, forearms, and sometimes their feet. Some of our massage techniques do include essential oils or lotions to aid in the stretching and loosening of certain body areas as well as to reduce any friction against your skin.
In the video below, physical therapist and owner/CEO, Markus Ernst, PT, explains the role of massage therapy at TurningPoint Medical Group, Colorado Springs, CO.
Who Is a Candidate for Massage Therapy?
The beautiful part about massage therapy is that it can help just about everyone from the toddler to the senior citizen. Some of the treatments that our massage therapists specialize in are health-related massage techniques for:
- muscle soreness
- stress induced insomnia
- temporomandibular joints
- cardiopulmonary disorders
- neurological disorders
Always talk to a medical doctor about the diagnosis and treatment of any medical condition.
How Does It Work?
Each distinct style of massage therapy uses a combination of movements to achieve targeted specific end results. These are the most common styles of massage therapy used by our therapists:
- Swedish Massage:
This is a soft, gentle form of massage that uses kneading strokes, circular movements, and tapping strokes on the upper layers of your muscles. It has a soothing effect and can help with injuries and closed wounds.
- Sports Massage:
This technique combines a variety of movements to promote flexibility, prevent injuries, relax muscle strains and help the healing process after sustaining an injury.
- Deep Tissue Massage:
This massage style uses slower, deeper strokes with attention on painful, tight areas of the body. The pressure strokes are focused on the inner layers of your tendons, muscles, and soft tissue deep within your skin. This style helps chronic tension, back sprains, and other muscle injuries.
- Reflexology Massage:
This technique uses the hands, thumbs, and finger movements on different areas of your feet that relate to different areas of the body. This method can help alleviate the pain of neuropathy in diabetics and also to promote overall welfare.
- Pregnancy Massage:
This style of treatment uses special massage pillows and the massage movements help with the major bodily changes that occur during pregnancy, reduce stress, relieve joint and muscle pains, and decrease swelling in your arms and legs.
- Neuromuscular Massage:
This massage style uses soft tissue movements to locate and release spasms in order to balance your central nervous system with your musculoskeletal system. This technique aims to heal injured tissues, restore alignment, and improve blood flow.
- Myofascial Release Massage:
This massage style employs gentle pressure and movements on your fascial system to relieve pain and discomfort. This technique has proven beneficial for cervical pain, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, back pain, chronic headaches, and restrictive motion abilities.
How Much Does Massage Therapy Cost?
The cost of a massage therapy treatment depends upon your condition, style of massage, and number of sessions. Some health and vehicle insurance plans cover the cost of a certain number of physical therapy sessions. This includes when massage therapy is part of a treatment plan prescribed by a physician.
Medicare does not cover massage therapy. Each state’s Medicaid plan is different, but some plans do cover massage therapy. Getting your treatments covered may require a physician’s referral and the need for prior authorization from the Medicaid organization itself.
Worker’s Compensation does pay for a certain number of massage therapy treatments if you have a doctor’s prescription for the therapy plus it needs to be approved by the worker’s compensation insurance agency.
We let you know the estimated cost of your treatment plan before any therapy begins and we only start your therapy with your authorization.
How Long Does Massage Therapy Take?
Therapy treatments range from ten minutes to an hour or more. The number of treatments required depends on your condition. You might need one or more visits per week for an extended period of time. Your personalized massage therapy schedule is developed to meet your unique situations and goals.
Is Massage Therapy Painful?
Massage therapy relaxes, soothes, heals, and revitalizes your body. However, there are some forms of massage therapy that target taut and tight areas which may leave you with a bit of soreness for a day. This is a good type of soreness that lets you know the stretching and pulling movements are working. Your therapist lets you know about any potential side effects before your therapy begins.