Muscle Therapy in Athens

Massage Therapy in Athens PA

WHAT IS MUSCLE THERAPY?

Muscle Therapy is the art and science of returning a tight, unhealthy muscle back to a relaxed and healthy state.


HOW IS MUSCLE THERAPY PERFORMED?

Typically muscle therapy is performed manually with the hands or by using an instrument.  At Horn Family Chiropractic we use several different techniques such as trigger point therapy, deep tissue, muscle stripping, and myofascial release, cross friction, effleurage, and petrissage.  Your muscle therapist and the Doctors at Horn Family Chiropractic decide what technique will be most beneficial for your specific needs.


WHAT HAPPENS DURING MUSCLE THERAPY?

The muscle therapist identifies taut and tender fibers, adhesions, and restrictions that are causing pain and discomfort.  The muscle therapist can reduce trigger points (also called knots) that cause pain and discomfort in your muscles. Your muscles naturally produce lactic acid as a result of poor posture, repetitive motion activities, and compensation due to injuries.   If the lactic acid does not get flushed out of the body it binds together to form a trigger point (tender spot).  These trigger points can be painful and can limit your ability to perform certain activities.  Your muscle therapist will break up the lactic acid and flush it out of the body, thus reducing the pain and stiffness in the muscle.  It is usually after a trigger point becomes painful that most people resort to muscle therapy.


IS THERE ANYTHING I SHOULD DO AFTER I HAVE MUSCLE THERAPY?

After your muscle therapy, in addition to specific stretches that will be given to you, it is recommended that you drink plenty of water to continue to flush out your system and keep lactic acid from building back up in the muscle.  Drinking water on a daily basis will also help prevent the trigger points from forming.


WHAT OTHER EFFECTS DOES MASSAGE HAVE?

  • Alleviate lower back pain and improve range of motion.
  • Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
  • Ease medication dependence
  • Exercise and stretch weak, tight or atrophied muscles
  • Help athletes of any level prepare for and recover from strenuous workouts
  • Increase joint flexibility
  • Lessen depression and anxiety
  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
  • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
  • Reduce spasms and swelling.
  • Relieve migraine pain.
  • Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and les stiffness and pain.
  • High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones.
  • Premenstrual syndrome sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping.
  • Asthmatic children show better lung function and increased peak air flow.

HOW IS HORN FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC’S MUSCLE THERAPY DIFFERENT THAN OTHER MASSAGES?

Our muscle therapists work directly with our Doctors to work on the specific areas of the body that are causing dysfunction, allowing the patient to heal faster and perform optimally.

OFFICE HOURS


Monday
7:15am - 11:00am
2:30pm - 6:15pm


Tuesday
7:15am - 11:00am
2:30pm - 6:15pm


Wednesday
7:15am - 11:00am


Thursday
7:15am - 11:00am
2:30pm - 6:15pm


Friday
7:15am - 11:00am


Saturday
Closed

Horn Family Chiropractic
29767 Route 220
Athens, PA 18810
(570) 882-9009