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THERAPUTIC SERVICES

 
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Dry Needling

DON'T FEAR THE NEEDLE.

While the name of the procedure may sound intimidating, dry needling is a very safe and minimally discomforting technique used for patients with musculoskeletal presentations. Dry needling improves a variety of conditions by triggering certain points on the skin with tiny needles. A thin filiform needle penetrates the skin and stimulates underlying neural, muscular and connective tissues for the evaluation and management of neuromusculoskeletal conditions, pain, and movement impairments.

 

What is a trigger point you may ask?

A trigger point is a small area of tightly knotted muscle fibers which can turn into a constant source of pain that goes beyond the knot. In addition to creating a painful, hard, knot, the ongoing muscle contraction also pinches your nerves and blood vessels.Touching the trigger point often causes pain in other parts of your body, also known as referral pain. If the trigger point exists, it keeps activating nerves and sending pain messages to your brain. This ongoing stimulation makes nerves more sensitive, which in turn leads to an exacerbated trigger point pain.

These trigger points often develop due to:

  • Repetitive muscle movements

  • Lifting heavy weights or objects & kids

  • Direct injury/ Old injuries

  • Poor posture/ Improper work ergonomics

  • Tense muscles

  • Chronic stress

Dry needling treats muscle tissue, and its goal is to reduce pain, inactivate trigger points, and restore function.

Dry Needling Benefits:

IMPROVES:

DECREASES:

  • Range of motion

  • Blood circulation

  • Digestion

  • Sleep

  • Osteoarthritis (hip, knee, shoulder, ankles, wrists)

  • Tennis/ Golfer’s Elbow

  • Anxiety

  • Chronic Pain

  • Sinus Pressure

  • Headaches

  • Tight muscles

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Achilles tendonitis

  • Inflammation

  • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction

Don’t fear the needle! Dry needles are very thin and cause little to no discomfort. A needle used for drawing blood averages at about .825 mm. A dry needling needle measures about .25 mm.

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Massage Therapy

RELAX, ENJOY, REJUVINATE.

In massage therapy, a trained, certified medical professional (massage therapist) manipulates the soft tissues of your body — muscle, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments and skin. The term 'massage therapy’ is used to describe a wide variety of techniques that vary in the manner in which touch, pressure and the intensity of the treatments is applied. With a goal of slowing down your nervous system, massage therapy can be used to release stress and tension, provide relief from symptoms, heal injuries and support wellness.

 

 

Massage benefits can include:

  • Reducing stress and increasing relaxation

  • Reducing pain and muscle soreness and tension

  • Improving circulation, energy and alertness

  • Lowering heart rate and blood pressure

  • May boost immune system

  • Help with fibromyalgia pain

  • Reduced anxiety and depression

WHO CAN RECEIVE MASSAGES:

Massage therapy is available to patients of all ages and stages of life. Whether you're looking to have a relaxing hour of self care or target specific soft tissue injuries, we are here for you! Our licensed massage therapists at Nourish are also trained in multiple techniques and will alter massage styles based on individual needs and goals. 

Creating life is a natural process, but that doesn’t mean it’s comfortable. While some women feel great throughout their entire pregnancy, others experience every discomfort in the book. Fortunately, there are several steps a mama can take to help relieve their discomfort and make pregnancy much more pleasant. 

 

Prenatal massages are adapted for the anatomical changes you go through during pregnancy. As your shape and posture changes, a trained massage therapist will make accommodations with special cushioning systems that allow you to lie face down safely, all while providing room for your growing belly and breasts. Or you might lie on your side with the support of pillows and cushions.  This non-invasive and gentle form of therapeutic bodywork can also ease the discomforts of pregnancy while nurturing the emotional needs of the pregnant mother and helping her get ready for labor and delivery.


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Prenatal Massage

 

BENEFITS OF PRENATAL MASSAGES:

  • Reduced stress levels and fewer insomnia issues because of the increased relaxation

  • Relief of hormone-induced anxiety and depression

  • Less edema, nasal congestion, shortness of breath, fatigue, and digestive problems

  • Reduced hip and joint pain, sciatica, headaches, leg cramps, muscle spasms, and lower back pain

  • Reduction of stress on the joints and muscles

  • Fewer stretch marks because skin and underlying tissues are more pliable

  • Supports circulation and blood flow for both mother and baby

 
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A mama’s body goes through so much during pregnancy and childbirth. Postpartum massages are a great way to support your body and help it get back to normal by supporting proper bladder and digestive function, helping your pelvic floor back into shape, and excellent for coping with the stress and hormonal changes after pregnancy. If you're wondering if "nursing neck" is a real thing, it is! Many of our mommas spend the day breastfeeding and looking down at these sweet babies, but that comes with neck straining and discomfort. We are here to help!

Postnatal Massage

 

Infant/Pediatric Massage

BABIES. KIDDOS. TEENS.

Children have different physical, emotional and developmental needs than adults, and pediatric massage therapy is designed to address these individual childhood considerations. As kids grow, their bodies undergo significant physical and developmental changes. We recommend 30 minute body work sessions for our infants and pediatric patients! Here are a few reasons to bring your kiddo in:

 

  • Torticollis

  • Growing pains

  • Stiff neck and shoulders

  • Decreased mobility

  • Tummy aches and gas pains

  • Hip mobility (babies who were breech)

  • Sports injuries

 
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Cupping 

UNLOCK YOUR FASCIA

Cupping (a.k.a. myofascial decompression) is a safe, traditional treatment that helps resolve chronic muscle tightness and pain by creating negative pressure underneath the cup, therefore lifting multiple layers of skin and fascia. This suction of tissue creates space for underlying tight muscles to lay down and relax, as well as brings blood flow and healing nutrients to the area. The basic philosophy behind this ancient alternative healing practice is “to strengthen or activate the body’s natural self-healing powers, at times when they are not able to do so, on their own.” Cupping increases blood flow and enables your body to dispose of toxins, restores lymphatic circulation, and helps remove edema or swelling.

 

It’s becoming more common for people to request cupping to relieve chronic muscle soreness & pain. Add cupping into your massage or chiropractic session for increased benefits!

 

Benefits of cupping include: 

  • Increases circulation

  • Encourages tissues to release toxins

  • Improve fibromyalgia pains

  • Reduces anxiety

  • Reduce stretch marks and scars

  • Improve varicose veins and spider veins

  • Headaches/Migraines

  • Musculoskeletal pain

  • Clear congestion and help treat asthma

Graston Technique

INSTRUMENT-ASSISTED SOFT-TISSUE MOBILIZATION

Add IASTM therapy into your massage or chiropractic

session for increased benefits like below:

  • Faster injury rehabilitation/ recovery time

  • Resolving chronic conditions

  • Medial/Lateral epicondylitis (Golfer's/Tennis Elbow)

  • Patellofemoral disorders (Knee pain)

  • Cervical sprain/strains (Neck Pain)

  • Lumbar sprain/ strains (Back Pain)

  • Shin Splints

  • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction

  • Trigger Finger

  • Achilles Tendonitis

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Graston Technique is a form of manual therapy known as instrument-assisted soft-tissue mobilization (IASTM). The general goal of this therapy is to reduce the patient's pain and increase function of the area by breaking down scar tissue adhesions and fascia restrictions. The reduction of restrictions is accomplished by stretching the connective tissue in an attempt to rearrange the structure of the soft tissue being treated: muscle, fascia, tendons, ligaments. The scraping technique promotes an overall better healing environment for the damaged tissues due to collagen stimulation and by producing an inflammatory process to promote healing and recovery. Literature also suggests that there are neurological benefits of IASTM therapy, as certain nerve fibers are activated and mechanoreceptors + proprioceptors respond to the treatment. 

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