Massage Specialist

Bishops Corner Family Chiropractic

Chiropractors & Massage Therapists located in West Hartford, CT

If you’ve ever had a massage you know how relaxing and refreshing it can be. But massage also has healing and therapeutic effects for issues ranging from neck pain to insomnia. Karen Dean and Ingrid Kania, both licensed massage therapists trained in a wide range of massage styles, provide expert treatment at Bishops Corner Family Chiropractic in West Hartford, Connecticut. They will design massage treatments customized to your need. Schedule your next session with their easy online tool, or call for your appointment today.

Massage Q&A

What is massage therapy?

Massage therapy is a natural healing treatment in which a therapist manipulates muscle and other soft tissues in the body to relieve pain and tension.  It is especially beneficial to the functioning of the musculoskeletal, circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems. Massage therapy involves the therapist manipulating your muscles with their hands, elbows, and sometimes other tools and lotions.

What kinds of massage are there?

There are over 200 different kinds of massage, but most medically therapeutic massage stick to the most effective forms.

Trigger point therapy:
This type of massage alleviates the source of pain by using pressure and release methods to constricted muscles. By relaxing these muscles pain felt elsewhere, but triggered by this muscle, is relieved. One good example is massaging neck muscles that relieve pain in the head.

Swedish massage:
This is what many see as a standard massage technique. Swedish massage is designed to relax the entire body with long strokes intended to push blood toward the heart. It is considered beneficial for raising oxygen levels in the blood, improving circulation and flexibility, and eliminating muscle toxins, all while easing muscle tension.

Deep tissue massage:
This technique is like Swedish massage, but with deeper pressure used to release chronic muscle tension. Deep tissue massage works on the deeper layers of muscle tissue as well as the tendons and tissues surrounding the joints and bones.

Sports massage:
Sports massage is aimed at improving performance before an event and reduce stress and heal muscles that are overworked or tight from aggressive use after an event. Sports massage is effective for athletes of all levels from weekend warriors to professionals and is designed to increase flexibility, endurance, reduce fatigue, and prevent injuries.

What issues can massage help with?

Among the issues massage is used for at our practice are:

  • Headaches
  • Mental stress and anxiety
  • Overuse muscle soreness  
  • Insomnia
  • Pain or soreness in your neck, shoulders or back
  • Digestive issues

It is important that you get an initial evaluation to review your health history before you meet with a massage therapist at Bishops Corner Family Chiropractic. This consultation will be used to determine the best course of treatment for you.