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Tissue Specific Massage

by in Wellness February 18, 2014

At Apple Health and Wellness, we strive to provide our patients with a multi-disciplinary practice.  Massage therapy is one of these that you may not be aware of; not only do we have a licensed massage therapist on staff, we also provide massages in our therapy department. The “feel good massage” that you may be used to can be very beneficial, but we developed the Tissue Specific Massage in order to provide the best care possible to you and your family and friends. Our techniques are all about mixing comfort with functionality. We want you to get all of the benefits of massage even if you are only being treated for a short period of time.

The Tissue Specific Massage is a cross between Deep Tissue and Swedish (“feel good”) massage. Deep Tissue is great for flushing out the muscles and stripping them clean of all toxins and lactic acid. It is good for athletes after an event and for patients who are regularly active. On the other hand, Swedish is focused mostly on the circulatory system. It helps eliminate toxins out of the muscles but with a more fluid motion to milk the muscle and increase the blood amount through the body. We believe that the answer is a compromise between both types.

Tissue Specificity is very similar to reading brail. We, as therapists, are reading the muscles; not only the muscle itself but the fibers within them, the trigger points that can develop and other differences one may never notice. We start using broad, widened strokes with comfortable pressure to help relieve tension in the muscles and loosen the connective tissue that surrounds the muscles. Then, we use both Deep Tissue and Swedish techniques to make sure that our patients’ are getting relief and restored functionality at the same time. Sometimes this requires more pressure on trigger points and knots; other times this means gentle strokes across the muscle fibers to relieve swelling and increase circulation. Muscles have different tones or textures. Each one is different. They are just like the towel aisle when you are out shopping, you would pay attention to it if it was course, squishy, firm, breaks apart easily, etc. It is the same with how our therapists are feeling your muscles in the massage you might receive. Our philosophy is all about comfort mixed with intentionality. We change our technique depending on what your body needs at that time. This type of massage is not meant to hurt- your muscles may be sore and tender to touch, but Tissue Specific Massage is applied to our patients’ comfort level while getting the best results possible.

If you would like to experience Tissue Specific Massage yourself, call Apple Health and Wellness at 865.524.1234.

-Written by Jenn Lusk, LMT