Massage is an ancient form of treatment with its origins in many medical traditions. The therapist manipulates soft tissues using pressure and traction. Massage may work by increasing the circulation of blood and lymphatic fluid resulting in improved oxygenation and waste removal. It also appears to have a beneficial effect on balancing the nervous system and stress reduction. Until the beginning of the 20th century, it was commonly used by physicians, but is now generally practiced by licensed massage therapists.
At your first visit the massage therapist will take a detailed history and screen for contraindications. Most treatment sessions last between 30 and 60 minutes. Generally patients are unclothed, covered with a sheet or towel on a massage table during the session. Often oils or lotions are used. While some minor conditions may respond to a single treatment, a typical course of treatment may include a series of massages at regular intervals.
Professional massage therapists are licensed by the state of Maine. Please call the Falmouth Family Practice Center at (207) 781-1500 for more information.