Massage Specialist

Center for Health: Christian Reichardt, DC

Integrative Medicine & Chiropractor located in Santa Monica, CA & Yucca Valley, CA

Massage therapy is more than just a relaxation tool. Many patients with chronic or acute pain find that massage helps them recover more quickly and more comfortably. At Center for Health in Santa Monica and Yucca Valley, California, Christian Reichardt, DC, offers a variety of effective massage techniques to help you heal, including cupping, trigger point therapy, and active stretching. Book your appointment by calling the location nearest you or via online today.

Massage Q & A

What are the benefits of massage therapy?

Massage therapy is beneficial in a number of ways. It can reduce pain, especially when it’s combined with other noninvasive treatments like chiropractic adjustments. Massage can also increase the blood circulation around your injury to stimulate faster and more effective healing.

If you have scar tissue that’s constricting your muscles, a common problem with accidents or sports injury, massage can break that tissue up to free your muscles for normal movement again. Massage can also help with:

  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • TMJ pain
  • Digestive problems

Massage therapy can be an important part of whole-body wellness. Many patients have regular massages along with their chiropractic adjustments to maintain peak health even after completely recovered from an injury.

What are the types of therapeutic massage?

There are many types of massage, with the most common including:

Swedish massage

A light massage technique that employs long strokes, gentle kneading, and circular rubbing. Swedish massage is the lightest form of massage.

Deep massage

The deep massage focuses on the deeper layers of muscles. It includes firm motions and controlled strokes that can help break up scar tissue. Cupping is a form of deep tissue massage in which Dr. Reichardt, DC, uses special cups to create a vacuum, pulling your skin upwards. This can help reduce pain and improve blood flow.

Trigger point massage

Trigger point massage focuses on the painfully tight places inside your muscles. A trigger point in an area like your back can cause pain in that area, as well as referred pain in other places like your leg or neck. When Dr. Reichardt, DC, releases the trigger point using specific massage motions, the constriction and pain ends.

Dr. Reichardt, DC, will discuss the different massage options with you to help you find the best solution for your pain or physical problems.

How does massage combine with other treatments?

Massage combines very well with other treatments. It’s often just one component of a recovery and wellness plan. Massage may be a big part of your rehabilitation plan, along with chiropractic adjustments and other noninvasive treatments. You may also practice active stretching techniques under Dr. Reichardt, DC’s guidance. This helps your muscles heal while gradually increasing strength.

Call the Center for Health location closest to you or make an appointment online for more information on massage therapy.