New Directions Massage Therapy
New Directions' mission is three-fold: Treatment, Patient/Client Education and Prevention. We are committed to taking care of your current issues with specific, customized treatment to decrease discomfort and restore maximum mobility. We are also committed to helping you better understand your body and any injuries or pathologies you may have. We help you establish a self-care plan to be used between massage therapy sessions. We are happy to assists clients in the development of a preventative care plan. We want you to achieve and maintain the highest level of wellness.
Types of Massage
An overall relaxation technique involving light pressure, Swedish massage is used to affect the superficial muscles in the body. It consists of several techniques, which encourages blood flow toward the heart, increases overall circulation in the body, and helps to relieve muscular tension. This is often the treatment of choice for stress reduction.
Those suffering from chronic or acute pain get relief with neuromuscular therapy, which uses a clinical approach in treating soft tissue complaints. A treatment may target one or several muscles, identify trigger points causing local and/or referred pain, and release muscular tension causing pressure on sensitive nerves. The therapeutic pressure is specific and applied throughout the muscle belly and tendons. Many physicians prescribe this therapy for problems such as whiplash, rotator cuff injuries, TMJ dysfunction and muscle spasms.
A trigger point is a small, hard area in a muscle or tendon, often referred to as a “knot”. Active trigger points are sensitive locally and can refer pain to other (sometimes remote) areas of the body. Treatment of trigger points is based on the work of Dr. Janet Travell and involves the application of sustained pressure to the knotted area until the muscle fibers relax and circulation is restored.
Fascia is a three-dimensional web of very strong connective tissue found everywhere in the body. Injury and inflammatory conditions cause fascia to lose hydration and suppleness, spreading tension across the web from the site of dysfunction. Myofascial release techniques, as developed by John Barnes, PT, use gentle, sustained pressure to separate bound layers of fascia. MFR sustained traction generates heat through the piezoelectric effect, elongates the fascia, improves blood flow, enhances lymphatic removal of waste products, rebalances the fascial planes and resets the soft tissue to a resting state.
Manual lymphatic drainage is a type of massage based on preliminary evidence which is utilized to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart.
Microcurrent point stimulation is the application of brief, concentrated DC (direct current) microcurrent impulses to specific treatment points to relax muscles, calm the nervous system and release endorphins, the body?s natural painkillers. When MPS is applied to unique acupuncture and myofascial trigger points (MPTs) it is called MPS (microcurrent point stimulation) therapy. Stimulating all three systems, nervous, muscular and endocrine, makes MPS therapy effective for treating many chronic and acute soft-tissue pain conditions.
Mircorpoint stimulation is also effective in reducing scar tissue.
Therapeutic stretching is a good way to restore joint mobility and improve muscle strength. If a muscle is not flexible it ultimately will lead to injury, pain, and inability to move freely. At New Directions, our private stretching sessions are specifically designed to address your specific needs. We will instruct you on the proper alignment that is essential in stretching in order to obtain optimal flexibility as well as preventing injury from over stretching. We will help you design your own personal stretch routine that is simple and effective so you can incorporate it into your exercise program. Our stretching sessions are one hour in length. Remember a muscle really is not strong if it isn’t Flexible too.
Benefits of Massage
Massage has incredible benefits from increase in health and wellness to drastically improved injury recovery times. Learn more about the many, many benefits of massage here.
OnSite Massage and Event Massage
New Directions can come to your convention, trade show, special event, health club, fund raiser and even office/homes!