What Is Massage Therapy?
Massage therapy involves manipulation of soft tissue – muscles, skin and/or tendons – by fingertips, hands, fists, elbows and even feet to promote health and healing.
At Baylor Scott & White, massage therapy is part of our integrative approach, in which therapists work together with primary care providers and specialists to identify dysfunction and develop individualized treatment plans.
Benefits of Massage Therapy
Many people view massage as a luxury, but it can act as more than simple relaxation. Routine therapeutic massage – especially within the context of a treatment plan – can contribute to sustained good health and increased function.
Therapeutic massage is proven to be effective at:
- Decreasing pain
- Reducing anxiety, stress and depression
- Improving range of motion
- Decreasing carpal tunnel symptoms
- Boosting immune function
- Increasing circulation
- Lowering blood pressure
- Promoting tissue regeneration
- Easing withdrawal symptoms
- Treating cancer-related fatigue
- Decreasing prenancy labor pain and stress
- Reducing migraine pain
Each treatment is individualized to target your specific symptoms and may use a combination of methods.
Some common types of massage we incoporate:
Schedule an Appointment
To schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, please call 512-509-0200 or schedule an appointment online.
Most insurance companies do not currently cover the costs of integrative medical care. If you have acupuncture and/or massage coverage, you may submit your receipt to your insurance carrier for reimbursement.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect during my appointment?What should I expect during my first appointment?
Generally, sessions take place in a quiet, dimly lit room, and soothing music is often played.
The therapist will begin the session by asking questions, such as why you are seeking massage therapy and what injuries or medical conditions you may have. This information will help the therapist tailor a massage that will most benefit your specific concerns.
The therapist will then leave the room so you can undress to your comfort level and lie on the table under the top sheet - either face up or face down. Your body will be fully covered with the sheet, and only areas worked on by the therapist will be exposed.
A typical full-body session includes head, face, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, back/hips, buttocks, abdomen, legs and feet. Oil or lotion is often used to better allow the therapist's hands to glide over your skin and muscles.
What should I expect after receiving a massage?What should I expect after receiving a massage?
After the massage is complete, sit up slowly. You may feel euphoric, dizzy, tired, energetic or very relaxed — all very normal responses. Drink plenty of water in the hours following massage to help reduce any delayed muscle soreness. You can also stretch and ice to reduce inflammation. Bathing in Epsom salts can reduce toxicity and soreness.