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
Professional massage therapists are licensed by the
state of Maine. Please call the Falmouth Family Practice
Center at (207) 781-1500 for more information.