***Charlotte Acupuncture is currently in between massage therapists. We hope to find another excellent therapist soon. In the meantime, please contact our office for recommendations.***

Massage Therapy to Reduce Pain and Stress

Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork has long been known to offer stress relief. However, every year more people rely on this therapy to offer relaxation and pain relief, address health concerns and symptoms, optimize fertility health, enhance athletic performance and assist with rehabilitation and general wellness. Please read some of our patient testimonials to see how massage therapy helped them. 

Research has suggested massage therapy is effective in: 

  • Decreasing pain
  • Boosting the immune system
  • Reducing anxiety
  • Lessening depression
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Treating migraines
  • Decreasing carpal tunnel symptoms
  • Improving range of motion
  • Reducing muscle soreness
  • Easing post-operative pain
  • Promoting tissue regeneration
  • Easing withdrawal symptoms
  • Reducing labor pain and stress
  • Alleviating side effects of cancer
  • and more...
  • A first time massage patient at our clinic will complete a very thorough intake form detailing current and past health complaints for the therapist to review. Each patient is treated as an individual; therefore each massage session will vary. Your therapist will combine a variety of massage modalities, as well as, different levels of pressure to customize each session to your individual needs. While the session may retain a large relaxation element to it, advanced techniques are likely to be used for pain and chronic health issues. Such techniques may include deep tissue, trigger point release, Integrative Reflexology, Movement Therapy and muscle repositioning.

  • For therapeutic or clinical massage to be most effective, a patient may need to see their therapist frequently for the first few weeks or months of treatment, depending on the severity and amount of time the condition has been present. Remember that the issue most likely didn’t happen overnight, so the response to treatment will take some time as well. When calling to schedule, be sure to let the therapist know the main issue to be addressed such as pain, athletic performance, headaches, post injury healing, etc. Some patients will see results as quickly as the first session, but we typically assess the issue and develop a treatment plan. A typical plan might include a weekly or biweekly massage for 4-6 weeks with tapering as the muscles release and the issue improves. Many clients will then adjust to a monthly visit for general maintenance and relaxation.

  • For patients seeking general relaxation and stress relief, we recommend sessions once or twice a month. During times of increased stress we may experience a heightened “fight or flight” response leading to headaches, poor digestion, pain, shortness of breath, anxiety, sleeplessness and change in moods. Stress is only harmful when it overwhelms the system. Regular massage aids in breaking the stress cycle and helping the nervous system to regain balance. It is important to determine your own responses to stress so that you can discuss it with your therapist. Understanding your own responses will help you and your therapist to determine the best treatment plan for your needs. 

Fertility Massage

Fertility Massage is a combination of specific massage techniques designed to aid in the process of conception. You will experience a hot castor oil pack on the abdomen, deep pelvic friction, cranial sacral alignment holds, reflexology on the feet and Swedish massage. It is recommended that you receive one or two sessions per month between menstruation and ovulation. 

Fertility Massage techniques are combined to: 

  • Clear the digestive tract
  • Strengthen the immune system
  • Balance and relax the body/mind/spirit
  • Stimulate hormone production
  • Move the lymph
  • Break up pelvic adhesions/scarring
  • Increase blood flow to the uterus and ovaries

Fertility Massage offers support during both Natural Fertility and Assisted Reproduction. It is recommended in conjunction with other therapies to optimize fertility health.