Massage Therapy Specialist

Eagle Harbor Health

Integrated Health & Wellness Center located in Bainbridge Island, WA

Massages aren’t just for relaxing spa days and vacations — particular types of massage therapy can actually remove bodily toxins and significantly improve your overall health. Kirk Petheram, DC, offers high-quality massage therapy to his patients at Eagle Harbor Health on Bainbridge Island, Washington, in order to enhance their personal health care routines. To learn more about what massage therapy can do for you, schedule an appointment with Eagle Harbor Health today by calling the office or booking your visit online.

Massage Therapy Q & A

What are the benefits of massage therapy?

Massage therapists use a variety of techniques to address soft tissue problems. Gentle kneading and stretching lengthen contracted muscles and fascia. Techniques such as sustained pressure, ice massage, and stretching can release trigger points. Painful sprains and strains, as well as myofascial adhesions, can be addressed directly with massage techniques that improve circulation and stimulate healthy separation and realignment of injured fibers.

In general, massage increases circulation. This reduces painful swelling and inflammation, and promotes healing by removing waste products and bringing nutrients to your tissues.

As a therapeutic technique, a massage carries a large number of health benefits. Massage therapy:

  • Enhances relaxation and sleep by reducing stress and fatigue
  • Calms your central nervous system
  • Alleviates muscle tightness and chronic and acute pain
  • Facilitates healing and injury rehabilitation
  • Restores function to your muscles and helps prevent future injury
  • Energizes your system and enhances mental clarity
  • Stimulates the circulation of your blood and lymphs
  • Eradicates cellular waste and flushes toxins from your system
  • Reinforces the proper functioning of your immune system
  • Improves your flexibility and range of motion

Massage therapy is an excellent resource for optimizing your overall bodily and psychological health.

What conditions can massage therapy treat?

Studies have shown that massage therapy can lower your heart rate, reduce blood pressure, and stimulate blood circulation and lymph flow. It also helps to relax muscles, increase endorphin production, and improve your range of motion.

These qualities make massage therapy particularly well-suited to treat a number of medical and psychological conditions, such as:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Pain in the muscles of your back, shoulder, and neck
  • Arthritis
  • TMJ
  • Insomnia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Muscle spasms
  • Immune system disorders

Massage therapy is actually one of the oldest healing arts, dating back over 3,000 years.

What types of massage therapy do you offer?

Eagle Harbor Health offers a wide range of different types of massage therapies, including:

Deep tissue massage

More intense muscle manipulation means a better release of toxins and relief from chronic pain. These massages usually target specific problem areas.

Relaxation massage

This is geared more toward psychological treatment than physical therapy, and works to relax your muscles and ease stress.

Swedish massage

The perfect beginner’s massage, a Swedish massage is a healthy mix between therapy and relaxation that eases tension and eliminates stress.

Hot stone massage

By using heated stones to loosen and relax tense muscles, this massage helps your therapist to achieve the benefits of deep tissue work with a more gentle experience.

Sports massage

This type of massage targets problem areas that are related to sports injuries, allowing you to get back to your favorite activities without pain and soreness.

Pregnancy massage

As the name suggests, this massage helps alleviate many of the common bodily conditions that arise during pregnancy while maintaining the health and safety of your child.

Pediatric massage

The benefits of massage for children are endless, from increased immune system functionality to the promotion of healthy, touch-based emotional development, children of all ages can gain much from massage therapy.

 

Don’t wait to find relief. Book your massage therapy appointment with Eagle Harbor Health today by calling the office or scheduling online.