Alpine Chiropractic

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11990 Colorado Blvd.
Thornton, CO 80233
(303) 920-9486

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Massage

Welcome to your Thornton Massage Clinic

Massage is hands-on therapy in which muscles and other soft tissues of the body are manipulated via fixed and movable pressure to improve health and overall well-being. Using various techniques, massage therapy is known to promote personal healing, stimulate circulation, remove toxins/waste products from the body, and aid in relaxation. Massage therapy treatment is much more than a body rub or a service catering to the rich and famous. Therapeutic massage is an accepted method of preventive care; it maintains health by fighting off many ailments, and can keep you out of the doctor's office.

During a typical massage session, neuromuscular trigger points transmit electrical signals from the massage point throughout the entire body. These signals help heal damaged muscle, promote circulation, clear waste through the lymphatic system, boost the immune system, reduce pain, ease tension, and have a calming effect. Additionally, a person's skin has millions of sensory nerve endings directly connected with the brain, and as a result of massage, endorphins are released acting as natural painkillers and a mood elevator.

Of the five senses; sight, sound, smell, taste and touch, touch is the only sense not located on the head. Research has shown that touch is an important basic need, ranking high with others such as food, shelter, and water. Infants for example, must be touched to develop normally. Without touch, they may be mentally and emotionally disturbed, or even die. Adults without touch may become alienated and feel alone. Surprisingly, experience has shown that even some advanced Alzheimer's patients respond positively to massage therapy sessions. If massage therapy is beneficial to those with a mental disorder, imagine the impact on a healthy brain; further proof that many massage clients do not need to be fixed as much as they need to be touched. All of our massage sessions are either a full 30 or 60 minutes.

Physical Effects of Massage

Improves overall health by:

  • Increasing blood circulation and lymphatic flow
  • Boosting the bodies' immune system 
  • Flushing out toxins and waste products
  • Creating a natural anti-depressant effect and easing tension
  • Inducing relaxation
  • Alleviating sleep disorders

Reduces pain by:

  • Providing a powerful muscle relaxant
  • Stretching shortened muscles and connective tissues, such as ligaments & tendons
  • Breaking the cycle of compensation patterns
  • Reducing exercise induced muscle soreness via the flushing out of excess lactic acid
  • Stimulating the production of endorphins, the bodies' natural pain killer
  • Introducing new information via the nervous system, and re-educating the muscles responsible for poor posture

Increases strength by:

  • Maximizing the bodies' performance ability: a result of muscles and all systems of the body being healthy and in balance
  • Reducing the formation of scar tissue (Massage helps collagen layers lay down straight, instead of crisscrossing. This increases the elasticity of the tissue and speeds up recovery)

Decreases stress by:

  • Decreasing the lungs' rate of respiration
  • Decreasing the heart rate, helping to decrease anxiety levels
  • Increasing mental awareness
  • Reducing many stress related components which trigger many diseases

How to Prepare for a Massage

  1. Hydrate - drink plenty of water in preparation for a massage session. When dehydrated, fascia, the tissue wrapped around muscle, will become shrunken squeezing the muscle. Prior to a massage, muscle should not be hard as a rock. Therapy at a massage clinic is targeted at muscle, and releasing muscle may be impossible until the shrunken fascia is loosened. Hot stones may alleviate this tension, however proper hydration is most effective. Time spent loosening the fascia is time wasted, and it can be put to better use.
  2. Post massage hydration - after a therapy session, the goal is for muscle fascia to maintain a soft and supple state. Returning to shrunken and tight fascia undermines the many benefits of massage therapy.

What to Expect in a Massage Session

In a first session, a massage therapist will ask you to describe any physical problems you are experiencing.

  • This is an opportunity to inform your therapist about any health problems you are having such as neck/back pain, stress, or muscle soreness and tension 
  • It is not uncommon for a new client to be nervous. A good therapist will use this time to make you feel comfortable, relaxed, and alleviate some fear out of the massage process

At a massage clinic, you will be asked to describe your medical history in detail.

  • There are certain medical conditions that, for various reasons, may be in contradiction to the benefits of medical massage, or even therapeutic massage therapy

You will be instructed in advance on what to wear.

  • This will always be done in accordance with your level of comfort

You will be instructed to either lay face up or face down, then to simply relax.

  • Your part is now done; the remainder of your massage session is now in the capable hands of your massage therapist

You will then be covered by a sheet and blanket.

  • The only part of the body exposed will be the area being massaged

The setting and ambiance in a massage clinic is designed to create a stress free environment.

  • The temperature will be warm, the massage table will be very comfortable, and the lighting and music will be conducive to relaxation

When the massage is over your therapist will leave the room.

  • Simply take your time, do not feel rushed, and come out when you are ready

Why choose our massage services in Thornton.

  • Our therapists have experienced first hand the benefits massage therapy. In fact, personal results with therapeutic massage led many of our therapists down the career path to becoming certified massage therapists
  • Our massage team brings decades of experience to the massage table specializing in deep-tissue, Swedish, therapeutic, full body, pre-natal, sports, and medical massage. They love their work, and love their clients
  • They have an advanced understanding of muscles and muscle groups; the way they work, respond, and the best way to manipulate them
  • They handle all massage therapy treatments on an individual needs basis; no massage is the same, and each is tailored to the specific needs of the client
  • They are dependable; prepared and ready to start on time
  • They offer very specific and individual packages, and work with referral programs
  • Above all, they are honest with clients, placing their needs as a number one priority

Call us today at (303) 920-9486 to schedule your appointment. We look forward to working with you.

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