Massage Therapy in Vancouver WA
Are you looking for massage in Vancouver WA? There are many benefits to massage therapy, and many different forms of massage. Our team at Lembke Chiropractic Clinic wrote this article to help you better understand the services we have to offer. Please don’t hesitate to call us with any questions that you have.
Our Massage Therapist Debbie
Debbie graduated from Vancouver's Ashmead college in 2007. She joined our team in August 2017. She understands the experience of accident injury having received a sever whiplash injury in 1984 and says, "I wish patients received massage therapy back then because it would have completely improved the outcome of my recovery!" Her specialization is medical massage with a strong interest in whiplash recovery, trigger point therapy and sports massage. She loves helping people manage their pain and improve their recovery outcomes. Her hobbies are hiking, amateur radio and baking the best New York cheesecake in town!
5 Things To Look For In A L.M.T.
- Is the therapist licensed and insured?
- Is the facility providing the massages licensed by the state?
- Massages should be overseen by a physician.
- Make sure your comfortable with the massage therapist that your working with.
- Therapists should be current in continuing education credits.
Benefits to Massage Therapy
- Relieve Stress
- Promote Relaxation
- Improve Posture
- Improve Circulation
What Conditions Do Licensed Massage Therapists Help?
- Neck and Back Pain
- Headaches and Migraines
- Carpal Tunnel
- Numbness and Tingling
Types of Massage Offered in Vancouver WA
The term “Swedish Massage” refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. This form of massage was created at the turn of the century by Henry Peter Ling in Sweden. It involves the use of kneading, stroking, friction, tapping, and vibration and may provide relief from stiffness, numbness, pain, constipation, and other health problems.
The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. Other possible benefits include stimulation of circulation, an increase in muscle tone, and a balance of the musculo-skeletal systems. Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It increases circulation without increasing heart load.
The usual sequence in which a swedish massage strokes are conducted are Effleurage, Petrissage, Friction, Vibration, Percussion, and finally passive and active movements (bending and stretching).
Pre-Natal / Pregnancy
Pregnancy massage has been found to reduce stress, decrease swelling in the arms and legs, and relieve aches and pains in muscles and joints. It’s a popular complementary therapy during pregnancy for back pain, when choices for pain relief, such as medication, are often limited. Not only can massage be physically beneficial, but the human touch can be comforting and provide emotional support during pregnancy.
Trigger Point Massage
A trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. A trigger point in the back, for example, may trigger pain in the neck. The neck, now acting as a satellite trigger point, may then cause pain in the head. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache. Trigger points are caused by muscle overuse or injury, and because the aches are associated with moving parts, the pain is commonly mistaken for arthritis.
Trigger point work is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. In this type of massage the recipient actively participates through deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort.
The result of trigger point massage is the elimination of toxins in the muscles and the release of energizing endorphins. A significant decrease in pain is often found after just one treatment.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders. Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain.
Sports massage was originally developed to help athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training. Sports massage emphasizes prevention and healing of injuries to the muscles and tendons.
But you don’t have to be in the Olympics to benefit from sports massage. Sports massage is also good for people with injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of motion. The massage therapist generally concentrates on a specific problem area. (Sore neck and shoulders, anyone?) This is the type of sports massage that you see in the spa.
Our team at Lembke Chiropractic Clinic in Vancouver WA is here to help you with all your massage therapy needs.
Meet Our Massage Therapists
Heidi - Massage Therapist
Heidi is a graduate of Everest College Vancouver WA. She graduated in June 2013 and started working for Dr. Lembke in August 2013. After receiving treatment for neck and back pain through chiropractic, massage and physical therapy; Heidi decided to become a massage therapist so that she could help people with the same issues.
Heidi enjoys being a massage therapist and is happy to have the ability to help her patients on their way to recovery. She has been trained in Deep Tissue, Trigger Point and Sports Massage. She also enjoys Pregnancy Massage.
Heidi loves spending time with her husband and their two sons during her time off. She enjoys camping, hiking, gardening and managing her son’s soccer team as well.
Rebeca - Massage Therapist
Rebeca graduated from Oregon School of Massage in June 2011 and has been a massage therapist for Dr. Lembke since March of 2012. Rebeca enjoys providing healing massage and her goal is to help patients regain their quality of life as they knew it prior to injury.
She has taken courses and is proficient in deep tissue, trigger point, sports rehabilitation, lymph drainage and she recently received her intraoral endorsement through the State of Washington to help relieve TMJ pain.
In her time off Rebeca enjoys trail running with her dog, Zuri. She and her husband enjoy the Pacific Northwest and do a lot of hiking and camping. She also enjoys just being outside working in her garden.
Alexandria - Massage Therapist
Alex is the newest member of our team. She graduated at Everest College March 2013 and has been a massage therapist for Dr Lembke since January of 2016.
Alex enjoys being a massage therapist and providing her patients with relaxation, relieve of soft-tissue pain from stress, anxiety, adhesions, and overuse or injury. She is proficient in Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, sports massage and pregnancy massage.
In her free time Alex likes to spend time with her family and her puppy Bug. She enjoys hiking, camping, rock climbing, snowboarding, and anything outdoors!
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2:00pm - 6:00pm
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3:00pm - 6:00pm
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|Friday||8:00am - 12:00pm|
2:00pm - 6:00pm
Lembke Chiropractic Clinic
11015 Northeast 4th Plain Road Suite B
Vancouver, WA 98662