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Massage Therapy Specialist

Midtown East Physical Therapy -  - Physical Therapy Specialist

Midtown East Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy Specialists located in Midtown East, New York, NY

Scientific evidence suggests that massage is effective at alleviating back pain and improving the quality of life for many adults suffering from chronic health conditions. Since hands-on therapies are an essential part of their treatment protocol, Gregory Trakhtenberg, MPT & Dmitry Shestakovsky, DPT, at Midtown East Physical Therapy in New York City, offer massage therapy as a complement to physical therapies, spinal manipulations, and other treatment methods. To learn how you can benefit from the many positive effects of massage therapy, call one of the offices or schedule an appointment online.

Massage Therapy Q & A

What conditions can be treated with massage therapy?

Massage therapy — the hands-on manipulation of muscles, tendons, ligaments, and soft tissue using varying degrees of pressure by a trained therapist — can help those with a variety of health conditions including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Back pain
  • Headaches
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Cancer
  • Stress injuries
  • Daily stress and tension
  • Acute and chronic problems
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Fatigue and insomnia
  • Myofascial pain syndrome

Massage is often prescribed in conjunction with other therapies or to enhance other treatment methods. It can also help reduce the need for pain medications.

What are the different types of massage therapy?

There are many different types of massage therapy. Some of the techniques most commonly used for pain and stress relief include:

  • Swedish massage, a gentle relaxing therapy
  • Deep tissue, or rehabilitative massage, for treating muscle injuries
  • Sports massage, to help prevent or repair sports-related injuries
  • Trigger point massage, which focuses on tight muscle fibers resulting from injury or overuse

What are the benefits of massage therapy?

Added to your health and wellness routine, or as part of your treatment plan for a health condition, massage therapy offers many benefits including:

  • Reducing muscle tension
  • Enhancing your ability to exercise
  • Improving your cardiovascular health
  • Improving balance for older men and women
  • Lowering your blood pressure
  • Increasing range of motion
  • Reducing chemotherapy-related nausea
  • Improving circulation
  • Improving posture
  • Strengthening your body’s immune system
  • Improving your overall quality of life

What can I expect during a massage therapy session?

Initially, your therapist asks about health conditions, areas of concern, injuries, or which areas of your body you’d like to receive therapeutic massage. Based on your specific condition or reasons for getting a massage, your massage therapist may recommend a specific type of massage that is most effective for treating your issues. In most cases, you undress to your comfort level and lie on a massage table under a sheet or blanket.

Your therapist massages one part of your body at a time, working the muscles and other tissues as needed. They may ask you for feedback regarding the level of pressure so they can adjust their technique accordingly. After the session, it’s important to hydrate yourself to flush toxins from your body.

Massage therapy is a complement to many other treatments, or it can be a stand-alone relaxation technique. Call one of the offices in Brooklyn or Midtown for an appointment or schedule your massage using the online booking tool.