All right. So I won’t shut up about this type of massage because it is truly wonderful. It is the most effective type of body therapy I have ever experienced and the only thing, along with chiropractic, that alleviates my pain in the neck!
It is based on the Hendrickson Method and it brings together several techniques: massage, mobilization, and neuromuscular re-education, along with Eastern energy practices. These techniques stimulate the synthesis of new cells, rehydrate cartilage, and realign soft tissue. In a nutshell, it aims to provide pain-relief and functional rehabilitation.
Orthopedic massage addresses most orthopedic conditions including:
- Low back pain, whether acute or chronic
- Neck pain and loss of motion in the neck
- Hip degeneration
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Knee pain and stiffness
- Bursitis of the shoulder and hip
- Chronic conditions such as arthritis, stiffness, and loss of motion
- Foot pain, including plantar fasciitis
- Pain and stiffness in the thumb and fingers
- Numbness in the arms, hands, legs or feet
The experience is one of a kind as well. Fully clothed you lie down on your side, and hug a fluffly body pillow. No getting naked or being slathered with sticky oils. The therapist works on your back, shoulders, hips, legs, neck, and head on both sides of the body. If you have postural issues (such as mine sitting on my ass all day in my hunchback pose), the therapist will also work on your shoulders and arms. The technique is truly innovative as it involves mobilization to mimic ocean waves. In plain English this means that the therapist will rock you back and forth as he or she applies pressure to certain spots. Rock you! You feel like a baby in the womb (as I imagine it to be anyway). How nifty is that?! Other techniques involve having you do slight resist/release exercises to teach your muscles to relax (most of us because of stress have muscles that are permanently contracted causing tension and an array of issues). Throughout the session the therapist explains what he/she is doing and the reason for it.
This in combination with chiropractic adjustments is what really fixed my stiff neck and a myriad other problems such as lower back tension and tense shoulders. And for the price of a regular massage or less you get a wonderful hour of true physical therapy. You have to try it!
The 2 therapists (Jeannie Greer and Bud Brett, who BTW are fantastic), I have tried have been at Cira Chiropractic (650.508.9111, 1701 Laurel St, San Carlos – tell Tony, the admin, that I sent you and specify orthopedic massage-and while you are at it get an adjustment with Cathy, a fellow CrossFitter who is basically who I aspire to be when I grow up, wonderful is an understatement).
You don’t have to travel far though, go here and do a search by your zip code to get more practitioners or call Bud (510.581.0121)or Jeannie (650.631.6627) directly as I believe they can travel to you or work in several places around the Bay Area. Get to it and send me a thank you note. 😉