La Mesa Integrative Health

5268 Baltimore Dr.
La Mesa, CA 91942
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(619) 335-1786
LMIHclinic@althealnet.org

Clinical Massage

Massage neck stretchWhat is clinical massage?

Clinical massage focuses on the measurable outcomes the patient wishes to achieve rather than the number of minutes your therapist’s hands are working on your body. ¬†You will be given the opportunity to communicate your goals, such as relaxation, pain reduction, or a focus on a particular area or areas (neck, lower back, knee, ankle, etc).

What are the benefits?

Relieves stress
Encourages relaxation
Improves posture
Lowers blood pressure and heart rate
Manages pain
Relaxes muscles
Improves flexibility
Improves breathing
Relieves tension headaches
Strengthens immune system
Decreases depression and anxiety

How often should I receive massage?

For General Health and Relaxation

For general health and relaxation, massage 1-2 times per month is recommended. This is ideal for those who are under light to moderate stress. This would also include people who are sedentary or who exercise only occasionally.

Massage for Stress Management

For those who have high-stress occupations or living conditions, a higher frequency of massage therapy is recommended. In this case, massage therapy helps the individualcope with their stress. Tension that builds up from stressful situations can be more easily managed with weekly massage.

Massage Therapy for Pain Reduction and Management

Reduction of, and management of pain requires a different type of frequency. It’s called a “diminishing frequency”. People in severe pain that do not require medical intervention can receive massage therapy 2-3 times per week in the first week. This may continue in the second and third week of treatment depending upon response of the client to the therapy. When the pain is reduced so is the frequency of massage therapy. At first it may be reduced from 3 times per week to 2 times per week, then to 1 time per week. Even chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia, lupus, carpal tunnel syndrome, tmj-d, and chronic low back pain can have a diminishing frequency.

Massage Therapy for Athletes

For Athletes the frequency of massage therapy depends on the sport, training schedules, and athletic goals. We can work out the frequency at your first consultation.