Massage Specialist

IMC Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Medical Doctors, Chiropractors & Physical Therapists located in Nanuet, NY

As pain management specialists, IMC Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in New City, New York takes a multidisciplinary approach, including massage therapy, to helping patients feel better. It’s that collaboration and personalized care that makes this practice stand out as an industry innovator. The focus isn’t just on chiropractic care, but also on providing the patient with a relaxing experience through massage.

Massage Q&A

What is massage therapy?

Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of soft body tissue to provide physical and emotional relaxation. It’s one of the oldest healing practices in the world. There’s evidence that ancient civilizations used it to promote health and it was widely used during the Renaissance for relaxation and healing. Today, it’s a powerful component in any integrative medical practice.

What is meant by soft tissue manipulation?

Soft tissue consists of:

  • Muscle
  • Connective tissue
  • Ligaments
  • Tendons
  • Skin

In other words, it means pretty much everything except vital organs and bone. Manipulation is the art of applying pressure and movement in varying degrees to reduce stress, ease pain and relieve tension.

Who benefits from massage therapy?

Clearly, just about anyone can benefit from this service. It’s a standard, in fact, for recreational spas and resorts. Medically, massage therapy is effective for patients experiencing:

  • Inflammation
  • Pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Muscle tightness or stress
  • Tension
  • Muscle strain or sprains

The problem might be the result of an injury, disease or just part of their daily lives. It’s beneficial for a variety of medical problems, as well, such as:

  • Low back pain
  • Breast cancer
  • Heart bypass surgery
  • Anxiety
  • Migraines
  • Hypertension

Massage therapy aids in the healing process and promotes recovery. Through soft tissue manipulation, the therapist can increase blood circulation, lower blood pressure, and enhance mental relaxation. A good massage also helps promote sleep and reduces overall tension.

Who should consider massage therapy?

The doctor helps you decide if massage therapy is the right choice for you, but it’s a practical option for most people. As part of an integrated health care plan, it can help relieve pain, reduce stress, manage depression and promote a sense of well-being. Just having that feeling of relaxation waiting for you after an osteopathic manipulation or physical therapy session makes it worth considering.

Massage therapy also works well for those who can’t exercise because of a medical problem or injury. It can help rehabilitate your muscles for you if you are unable to work out.

Are there any risks with massage therapy?

A trained massage therapist knows how to apply a safe amount of pressure using both mechanical and manual aids without putting you at risk.