Pain Relief Massage

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Our Pain Relief Massage helps to relieve aches, pains, and overall tension in the muscles. This type of massage includes DEEP TISSUE and NEUROMUSCULAR massage techniques. This also helps athletes actively recover as well.

Deep Tissue Massage Birmingham, AL

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A deep tissue massage is similar to the classic Swedish massage, but it uses harder pressure to target problem areas. The firm pressure and slow strokes of a deep tissue massage are intended to reach the deeper levels of the muscles, tissue, tendons, and fascia (the connective tissues surrounding your muscles).

However, a deep tissue massage is not simply a Swedish massage with greater pressure. This massage is intended to break down knots in your muscles (also called adhesions) that cause pain, inflammation, or a limited range of motion, in order to promote your body’s healing and repairing of muscles, tissues, and joints.

Because of its primary goal of breaking down long standing problem areas, a deep tissue massage is a great solution chronic muscle pain, injury rehabilitation, and other pain-related problems.

WHAT TO EXPECT

In a deep tissue massage, a massage therapist will lubricate your skin with warm massage oil or lotion and perform a combination of massage strokes, using firm pressure, to work your muscles, soft tissues, tendons, and fascia.

Unlike a Swedish massage, a deep tissue massage is intended for therapy and rehabilitation, not relaxation. Bear in mind that because many of the strokes utilized in this massage modality are slow and firm against the grain of the muscles, you may experience some slight discomfort.

IS DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE RIGHT FOR ME?

We recommend deep tissue massages for people who are:

  • Experiencing chronic pain (specifically lower back pain)

  • Experiencing limited mobility

  • Recovering from an injury (such as whiplash or a fall)

  • Have a repetitive strain injury (such as carpal tunnel)

Neuromuscular Massage Therapy in Birmingham, AL

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Muscle spasms and pain can be debilitating. Neuromuscular massage therapy (NMT) has been recognized by the American Academy of Pain Management as an effective treatment for back pain caused by soft tissue injury. An NMT therapist will apply firm, consistent pressure on areas of the body affected by muscle spasm to relax the muscle and help it release its lactic acid, which is causing the pain and soreness. Once the lactic acid is released, blood and oxygen can properly enter the muscle, reducing the muscle soreness. During the Hurts So Good Massage, our therapists will apply pressure to the body using fingers, knuckles and elbows. Although the pressure can feel painful at first, it will typically alleviate the muscle spasm. Let your therapist know if the level of pressure is comfortable. It should be classified as a “good hurt.” This is THE massage option for acute pain in the neck, shoulders and low back. 

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WHAT TO EXPECT

Neuromuscular massage therapy in Birmingham, AL utilizes alternating levels of concentrated pressure directly on the muscle spasm. Pressure is applied to the body using fingers, knuckles, and elbows.

 

The pressure from NMT can feel painful at first, but it typically will alleviate the muscle spasm. Once the spasm has been alleviated, it is important to communicate with your massage therapist about the level of pressure. NMT pressure should never be overly painful, but should be able to be classified as a “good hurt.”

IS Neuromuscular MASSAGE RIGHT FOR ME?

We recommend NMT for people who are experiencing pain associated with:

  • Lower back pain

  • Neck pain

  • Shoulder pain

  • Carpal tunnel

  • Sciatica

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Tendonitis

  • Other similar muscular pains

We provide Neuromuscular Massage Therapy at our Homewood location and Hoover location.

Sport Massage In Birmingham, AL

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Although anyone can benefit from a sports massage and stretching session, the Active Recovery Massage is designed to help athletes with specific areas of pain and discomfort. Our therapists use techniques that target your particular sport and focus on areas of the body that are overused or stressed from those repetitive motions. This massage improves flexibility and range of motion by using active and passive stretches to elongate muscles and connective tissues. Sports massage can also help prevent soft tissue injuries during physical activity while reducing post-workout soreness and fatigue. Our therapists generally focus on a specific area of the body rather than giving a full massage and use a variety of techniques that may include Swedish massage, trigger point therapy and stretching. 

 

Pre-event sports massage: This short, stimulating massage before activity focuses on the parts of the body that will be most heavily involved in the sport.

 

Post-event sports massage: Given within a few hours after the event, this massage helps to normalize the body tissues and release lactic acid from the muscles.

Rehabilitation sports massage: Focuses on alleviating pain due to injury and restoring the body to health. 

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WHAT TO EXPECT

There are several types of sports massage, each with a specific purpose. 

The pre-event sports massage is a short, stimulating massage before activity that focuses on the parts of the body that will be most heavily involved in the sport. A post-event sports massage is given within a few hours of the event to normalize the body tissues and release lactic acid from the muscles. A rehabilitative sports massage focuses on alleviating pain due to injury and restoring the body to health.

Regardless of the purpose of the sports massage, the massage therapist will use a variety of massage techniques that are geared at alleviating the specific pain you’re experiencing. This techniques may include Swedish massage to circulation, trigger point therapy to break down adhesions, and stretching to improve flexibility and range of motion. The therapist will generally focus on a specific area of the body, rather than giving a full body massage.

IS Sports MASSAGE RIGHT FOR ME?

Try the Active Recovery Massage if you are a:

  • Runner

  • Cyclist

  • Golfer

  • Tennis Player

  • Weight Lifter or

  • CrossFit enthusiast, or

  • Have a specific problem area, such as a sore knee or tight shoulder

We offer Active Recovery Massage at out Homewood Location and our Hoover Location