How Massage Therapy Fits into Your Physical Medicine Plan

How Massage Therapy Fits into Your Physical Medicine Plan

Musculoskeletal injuries are painful and keep you from your active lifestyle. When you have this type of injury, a nonsurgical approach is the best way to ease discomfort while improving your musculoskeletal health.

Osteopathic manipulation and massage therapy are both types of physical medicine that Dr. Mark Conliffe uses at his practice, Commonwealth Musculoskeletal Medicine.

Dr. Conliffe and his team specialize in nonsurgical treatments for musculoskeletal injuries. These treatments include physical medicine with massage therapy treatments.

What's involved in massage therapy?

When you need to relax, a massage is a great way to do so —various types of massage target a specific area of your body.

Dr. Conliffe uses massage therapy to improve your physical health. A massage therapist uses massage to loosen muscle tissues and improve pain in your soft tissues. Your mental well-being is a bonus to massage therapy.

A fantastic aspect of massage therapy is how versatile each treatment can be. Dr. Conliffe uses several types of massage therapy in your physical medicine plan, including:

Musculoskeletal pain harms your body and your health. Massage therapy is a vital aspect of physical medicine that Dr. Conliffe uses to improve your pain and allow you to feel more like yourself.

Understanding physical medicine

Physical medicine is a medical specialty that's focused on nonsurgical treatments to improve functionality and pain when you have a musculoskeletal problem. Dr. Conliffe is a neuromusculoskeletal medicine specialist with plenty of experience with physical medicine.

Dr. Conliffe uses massage therapy as one of the main aspects of physical medicine. He also incorporates osteopathic manual manipulation and physical therapy to target various areas in your body.

The main goal of physical medicine is to restore mobility and function in your body when you suffer from chronic musculoskeletal problems. Dr. Conliffe also uses physical therapy to help you recover after an injury.

The team at Commonwealth Musculoskeletal Medicine uses all three aspects of physical medicine to allow your body to feel its best.

Health benefits of massage therapy

Massage therapy is one of the main aspects of physical medicine. There are various benefits to this treatment, some of which include:

Reduces stress

Most people feel incredibly calm after a massage. This sense of calm helps with both anxiety and stress. Massage therapy can stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system, vital to reducing stress.

Decreases pain

If you have back pain or neck pain, massage therapy decreases discomfort. Muscle tension leads to pain and discomfort throughout your body. Massage therapy provides short- and long-term relief for musculoskeletal pain.

Improves muscle tension

Chronic stress causes tension in your muscles, leading to uncomfortable tightness and stiffness. Dr. Conliffe uses massage therapy as one aspect of your physical medicine plan to loosen your muscles and soft tissues.

Improves immunity

Our massage team not only improves your musculoskeletal health but also improves your immune system through massage. Regular massage treatments increase the number of white blood cells in your body, which fight viruses and diseases.

Dr. Conliffe incorporates massage therapy into your physical medicine plan to relax your muscles and soft tissues. When you're relaxed, the other parts of physical medicine work better to improve your musculoskeletal health.

If you're injured and want to learn more about massage therapy and physical medicine, call the team at 502-771-1012, or book an appointment online using the convenient tool on our website.

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