What is a Medical Massage?
Medical Massage is a result oriented treatment specifically directed to resolve conditions that have been diagnosed and prescribed by a Doctor. Allison may use a variety of modalities or procedures during the treatment, but will focus the Medical Massage treatment on the areas of the body related to the diagnosis or prescription.
Why is it necessary to perform a Medical Massage?
In order for the Massage Therapist to state that she is treating someone, she must first be able to legally determine what is being treated. Since it is beyond a Massage Therapists’ scope of practice to diagnose, she must work from a doctor’s prescription or work closely with a therapist if they are treating a specific condition. Non-prescribed therapy may also be administered to address clients, where assessment shows soft-tissue imbalances.
Allison has worked with Neurologists, Orthopedists, General Practitioners, Podiatrists, Oral Surgeons, Chiropractors, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists and Personal Trainers.
Allison will be glad to assist you in discussing with your Physician the proper techniques for you. As powerful as Medical Massage Therapy can be, in certain cases it may be contraindicated.
Insurance companies have discontinued covering Medical Massages, but Allison has memberships and packages that are affordable.
What are the benefits of Medical Massage Therapy?
The following lists many of the benefits of Medial Massage Therapy:
- Releases tight and sore muscles which can cause Ischemia (Ischemia: A lack of blood supply to soft tissues, which causes hypersensitivity to the touch and allows for further injury to the tissues)
- Helps relieve nerve compression or entrapment. (Pressure on a nerve by soft tissue, cartilage or bone, which can contribute to muscle atrophy, referred pain, and conditions such a pseudo sciatica piriformis syndrome, and others.)
- Deactivates Myofascial Trigger Points (Trigger Points: Areas of high neurological activity, which refer pain to other parts of the body. Research has shown, trigger points may be responsible for a much as 74% of everyday pain.)
- Decreases Pain and Inflammation: Massage can restore suppleness and strength to your muscles, improving their overall function. It’s the ideal treatment for releasing tension or muscles in spasm and helps to release toxins such a lactic acid (produced in muscle tissue during exercise).
- Alleviates Stress and Improves Circulation: Proper circulation is vital to continued health. Your blood and lymph carry nourishment to the trillions of cells throughout your body and then carry away the waste to be eliminated from the cells. Massage encourages a better exchange of nutrients at the cellular level and more though detoxification. Massage has been practiced for thousands of years and is one of the earliest health treatments known to man. Massage is one of the best ways to deal with everyday stress.
- Aids in digestion: Massage can improve digestive motility.
- Increases Flexibility and Range of Motion: By reducing hypertonicity and hypotonicity the muscles allow for normal ranges of motion to be restored. This also reduces forces being applied to the joint capsule and diminishes potential for joint and disk degeneration.
- Calms the Nervous System: The first sense to develop is our sense of touch. Even a simple touch has been shown to lower blood pressure and reduce the heart rate. Touch can also signal the brain to produce endorphins, you body’s natural pain suppressor. The nervous system is your communication network sending message that determine proper functioning throughout the body. Stress can affect the ability of the nervous system to perform properly.
The many nerve endings found in the skin and muscles are soothed by massage and this contributes to keeping our internal lines of communication open and operational.
- Improves Posture and Coordination
- Medical Massage is cost effective. By assisting the client towards a quicker recovery from acute headaches, neck and back pain, skeletal muscular strains, sprains, etc.
- Medical Massage also helps to prevent future chronic pain conditions by effectively dealing with the cause of the problem and eliminating it.
Rates are not determined by type of massage.
Rates are determined by duration of the session.
Allison offers a variety of different Modalities to fit your specific needs
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Allison Betts Poteat, LMBT #7655
Allison graduated with honors at the Medical Arts School in North Raleigh in 2007. She continued her studies to become a Certified Medical Massage Practitioner.
Allison has many years of experience and is dedicated to providing quality therapeutic massage and educating people on overall wellness.
She is state licensed and nationally certified in all 50 states. Allison is highly trained in many types of massage techniques.
Her mission is to help facilitate the healing and recovery process.
In Allison’s many years of experience she has worked closely with Physicians providing the best quality massage for her patients.
She has worked with Neurologists, General Practitioners, Chiropractors, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists and Personal Trainers
Allison was voted Best Massage Therapists in Lee County 2010