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Massage Therapy in Staten IslandOur chiropractor in Staten Island frequently recommends massage therapy as a complement to chiropractic care and our other holistic treatment modalities. In this FAQ, Dr. Angelo DiMaggio answers some common questions about massage. But if you have more questions, please call us at 718-356-9222.

Questions about Massage Therapy for Pain Relief

How does massage therapy provide pain relief?

Massage relieves pain in so many ways. The kneading, strokes, tapping, vibration and pressure of the different massage styles are designed to relax tensions in the muscles, tendons and ligaments. It also reduces painful inflammation right down to the cellular level. Moreover, massage therapy actually causes your body to release its own painkillers into the system: endorphins. Our skillful massage therapist works directly with our chiropractor to design massage sessions tailored directly to your healing needs.

What are some other benefits of massage therapy?

In addition to relaxing musculoskeletal tensions, reducing inflammation and pumping endorphins through your system, massage also accelerates healing of damaged tissues. The various strokes applied rush fresh, oxygenated circulation into injured, painful tissues in order to nourish their recovery. While massage kneads healthy circulation into the area, it ushers toxins and painful lactic acid buildup out of injured tissues. This makes it especially helpful against back pain and neck pain.

Just as importantly, massage therapy relieves stress. Long-term high levels of stress are incredibly damaging to our health in so many ways. But during massage therapy, the stress hormone cortisol drops, blood pressure relaxes, and the mind achieves calm to refocus itself. Massage even stimulates the immune system!

What kinds of massage do you offer?

  • Swedish massage—Gliding, long strokes and tapping correspond to the natural flow of blood and lymph in the body.
  • Relaxation massage—Helpful for people who suffer from chronically-high levels of stress; lowers blood pressure and cortisol levels.
  • Sports massage—Deep pressure breaks down scar tissue, improves range of motion and flushes fresh circulation in while removing inflammation-causing toxins.
  • Reflexology massage—A foot massage where our massage therapist presses and rubs areas of the feet that correspond to all of the organs and systems in the body.
  • Therapeutic massage—Gentle manipulation of aching soft tissues to alleviate pain, stress and muscle spasms.
  • Amma massage—This Japanese style of massage therapy incorporates stretching, pressing and stokes to stimulate specific acupressure points in the body.

How do massage therapy and chiropractic care work together?

Our chiropractor relieves back pain and neck pain by realigning the spine. Massage therapy supports a healthy spine by warming and nourishing the soft tissues supporting the spine. Usually, long-term misalignments can cause tight, sore muscles. Massage relieves the tightness and soreness so that you can better maintain the improved posture.

What should I wear to a massage therapy appointment?

Wear something comfortable. Our massage therapist will leave the room as you undress privately. She also provides sheets and towels to cover everything except the areas being massaged.

Please call us at 718-356-9222 for an appointment or with any other questions