Our Approach to Massage Therapy
ESP harnesses the healing power of medical massage therapy. Our massage therapist providers practice a wide variety of massage techniques to ultimately enhance relaxation, promote blood flow, release tension, and kick-start recovery. These techniques include deep tissue massage, myofascial release therapy, trigger point therapy, sports massage, reflexology, Swedish massage, cupping therapy, gua sha therapy, and more. The massage therapists at ESP Sports Medicine combine these techniques to deliver a unique and customized massage to everyone. The customization of these massages makes for a better recovery for patients of all types.
Benefits of Massage Therapy:
- Reduces muscle tension
- Improves circulation
- Stimulates the lymph system
- Reduces stress hormones
- Increases relaxation
- Improves range of motion
- Improves skin tone
- Improves recovery of soft tissue injuries
- Increases mental awareness
- Reduces anxiety and depression
- Improves joint mobility
- Improves flexibility
Kim is an excellent massage therapist.
She has been helping me recover from radiation therapy scarring as well as ongoing issues with my neck after fusion surgery.
Nothing but good things to say about ESP Sports Medicine!
I visit on a recurring basis for both sports medicine treatments and massage. I always experience positive results. I’m thankful to have them close by. Thanks to Eric, Kim, Dana and team!
Massage Therapy Frequently Asked Questions
It is normal to be sore following a deep tissue massage. During a massage microscopic muscle tears occur in the tissue, similar to those that occur when doing a hard workout. These small tears signal to the body to begin the healing process. If soreness is more intense than what you would normally feel after a difficult workout please let your therapist know and they will adjust your treatment pressure.
If dealing with true sciatica, the nerve being pinched at the spine, chiropractic or medical treatment is best. If dealing with pseudo sciatica, the nerve being pinched by a muscle (usually in the glutes), massage therapy, physical therapy, or sport chiropractic is best as these all deal with the soft tissue structures.
Massage is an excellent way to help with flexibility. It allows the muscles to stretch further than they would normally be able to.
Muscle cramps or spasms can generally be helped by myofascial release therapy, deep tissue massage, and trigger point therapy. These massages focus on the connective tissues of the body which are often responsible for muscle cramps and spasms.
Generally, deep tissue massage should be uncomfortable but bearable. Your therapist is walking a line of applying enough pressure to release a trigger point or muscle but not so much pressure that the muscle tenses up. If the pressure is too great during any massage please let your therapist know. There are ways to prepare the tissue for treatment making the treatment more tolerable.
Overtime massage improves our health by reducing muscle tension, improving circulation, reducing stress, improving flexibility, and more.
Massage Services Offered:
Myofascial Release Therapy
Deep tissue massage therapy that treats skeletal muscle immobility and pain by relaxing contracted muscles. In addition, it helps improve blood oxygen, lymphatic circulation, and stimulates the stretch reflex in muscles.
Trigger Point Therapy
Therapy consisting of alternating levels of concentrated pressure on the areas of muscle spasm. The massage therapist applies pressure in ten to sixty second intervals to effectively alleviate muscle spasms.
A type of massage therapy technique that focuses on treating soft tissue aches, pain and injuries that are associated with recreational activities. Provided by our massage therapy sports specialists this type of massage also reduces muscle stiffness and improves relaxation by reducing heart rate and blood pressure.
A type of holistic massage therapy that uses the application of pressure to areas of the foot (and sometimes hands). These areas correspond to organs and systems in the body and the pressure brings relaxation and healing to those areas. Foot massage therapy is only offered as an add-on to a normal massage.
Kim Schemahorn, Massage Therapist
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Our therapist has extensive training and experience with several modalities of massage therapy. She has worked with patients in medical settings for over 10 years and has used these techniques with patients of all types. From athletes to chronic pain patients our therapist knows how to achieve relief for patients in all scenarios and can tailor a massage therapy session to fit any condition. If you or a loved one have questions about our massage therapist, any of the modalities she offers, or the conditions we treat please feel free to give us a call or schedule an appointment.