Massage Therapy

You’ve probably had a massage before but did you know that there are different forms of massage therapy that can correct musculoskeletal imbalances that cause pain?

When performed by a trained professional, massage therapy can resolve your pain and get you back to running, dancing, or whatever activity you love to do. Its effects also go beyond the musculoskeletal. It can move the lymph fluid, boosting your immune system and reducing edema (swelling).

It reduces inflammation of all kinds by moving the lymph fluid and relieving musculoskeletal adhesions. It also has a nice side effect of improved sleep and energy! Who couldn’t use that?

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Massage Therapy San Jose Integrative Medicine

What Musculoskeletal Issues Respond Well to Massage?

Almost all! Massage has shown to be helpful for pain in the low back, neck, shoulder, forearm, tennis elbow, hands, mid back, hip, thigh, knee, calf, and feet. It is also proved helpful in controlling pain due to fibromyalgia and myo-fascial pain syndrome.

What conditions other than musculoskeletal can benefit from massage?


Massage relieves symptoms of depression and anxiety by increasing natural endorphins and reducing stress. Massage reduces the stress hormone, cortisol.


Massage improves blood flow so that tissues are richer in oxygenated blood. It flushes toxins from the lymph system.


By reducing cortisol, the stress hormone, a massage in the late afternoon or early evening promotes sleep.


Often characterized by low cortisol during the day and high cortisol at night, massage in the late afternoon or early evening can aid in normalizing adrenal function.


Massage relieves tension in the neck and shoulders which can cause headaches and trigger migraines.


Reduction in stress from massage has shown to resolve the common complaints of menopause such as hot flashes, insomnia, increased anxiety, and achiness.


Studies have repeatedly shown reduction in blood pressure for days following a massage.


Massage can normalize blood sugar and relieve symptoms of diabetic neuropathy.

What are the specific forms of massage therapy used by our professionals?

Massage Therapy & Manual Therapy Techniques


With Myofascial Release (MFR), clients claim to feel a reduction in pain as well as being relaxed after each session. Each session is tailored to work on your specific goals and needs. Just a few sessions can make an enormous difference to your health.


The fluid in the lymphatic system helps remove waste and toxins from the bodily tissues. Lymph Drainage is a technique with an extremely light touch that allows manipulation to your lymph system, improves your immune response, and reduces excess fluid (i.e inflammation) in your body.


Swedish Massage is a modality most people are familiar with. You generally come across this technique in spa settings for relaxation massages. This technique allows your body and mind to feel free and clear of all worries and stressors that life sometimes places upon us. This technique is often used at the start of your massage to find areas that need more focus and to warm up your muscles.


Trigger Point Therapy, also known as Shiatsu, is a healing technique based on the principle of free and uninterrupted energy flow and helps activate the natural healing processes in each patient’s body as well as to restore their physical and emotional well-being.

What Happens During a Massage Session?What Happens During a Massage Session?

At your initial session, you will meet with the doctor and/or our massage therapist. You will be asked questions about your general health and what symptoms you’re presently experiencing. It’s very important to let them know of any and all medical conditions.

They will evaluate the best course of treatment for you at that time. In each subsequent session, you will be asked if any improvements have been felt. After your course of prescribed treatments, you will be reassessed for progress and a new treatment plan will be prescribed.

Your massage will take place in a massage room on a massage table. Because we want you to feel as comfortable as possible, you decide how much to undress. Trigger point massage can be given through clothing. Before you undress, the massage therapist will leave the room. You will cover yourself with a clean sheet. The table is warmed but you can request a blanket and/or heating lamp.

How Will I Feel After Massage Therapy?

After your massage, you will feel very relaxed and possibly sleepy. We recommend you get up slowly. Because massages release toxins from your system, we also recommend you drink lots of water following a massage.

If you have any questions on how massage therapy might help you, request a complimentary phone or in office evaluation.

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