Massage Therapy

At Ascent Medical Consultants, our massage therapists are dedicated to helping you integrate massage into your wellness or recovery plan.

Massage provides benefits to people from all walks of life. From professionals and laborers who are experiencing pain due to work related injuries, to weekend adventurers and professional athletes who pull a muscle doing their favorite sport, to those who are recovering from automobile accidents –  all can benefit from utilizing massage therapy as an important part of both maintaining wellness and recovering from injury.

Benefits of Massage Therapy

  • Reduce Spasms and Cramping
  • Increase  Joint Flexibility
  • Help improve Posture
  • Alleviate Back Pain and improve range of motion
  • Relieve Headache and Migraine Pain
  • Release endorphins – amino acids that act as the body’s Natural Painkiller
  • Enhance Immunity through stimulating lymph flow – the body’s defense system
  • Ease Depression and Anxiety
  • Help athletes of all levels prepare for and recover from Strenuous Workouts
  • Promote tissue regeneration reducing Stretchmarks and post-accident/surgical scar tissue
  • Improve the condition of the skin –  the body’s largest organ system

Research supports the use of massage therapy for pain reduction

Pain Management

In 2010, a study was done at the Flagstaff Medical Center in Flagstaff, Arizona. It examined 65 inpatients who chose to participate in a pain-management study that included documenting pain levels from medical, surgical, and obstetric units before and after treatments using a 0–10 analog pain scale. Swedish massage, acupressure, craniosacral therapy, cross-fiber myotherapy, and pressure points were the techniques applied. Each Patient received a varying number of massage sessions and the treatment area on the body varied depending on the condition being addressed. Each session averaged 30 minutes in length.

The results of the study showed that pain levels were reduced from an average of 5.18 on the pain scale to an average of 2.33. As a result, researchers concluded that the

“integration of massage therapy into the acute care setting creates overall positive results in the patient’s ability to deal with the challenging physical and psychological aspects of their health condition. The study demonstrated not only a significant reduction in pain levels, but also the inter-relatedness of pain, relaxation, sleep, emotions, recovery, and finally, the healing process.”1

1. Rose Adams, Barb White, and Cynthia Beckett, “The Effects of
Massage Therapy on Pain Management in the Acute Care Setting,” International
Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork 3, no. 1 (2010):
4–11.

Low-Back Pain

In 2011, 401 patients between the ages of 20-65 with chronic low-back pain received one-hour massage treatments once a week for 10 weeks. The participants were divided into three groups. One group received relaxation massage, one group received structural massage, and one group received usual medical care without massage. At the end of 10 weeks, most of the participants who received massage reported greater ability to be active and perform activities of daily living, spent less time in bed, used less medication than the group that received the usual medical care, and showed quantifiable improvement in sleep patterns.2

2. Daniel C. Cherkin et al., “A Comparison of the Effects of 2
Types of Massage and Usual Care on Chronic Low Back Pain: A Randomized,
Controlled Trial,” Annals of Internal Medicine 155, no. 1 (July 2011):
1–9. 

Contact Ascent Medical Consultants to find out how to include massage therapy into your pain management treatment plan.