Massage Techniques

Therapeutic Massage SF

Dr. Smith provides Therapeutic Massage to help soft tissue injuries heal more effectively.  He is located in the Noe Valley neighborhood of San Francisco on Castro Street.

The intention of therapeutic massage is to break down scar tissue and more importantly help to reintegrate it with the surrounding tissue.

Therapeutic Massage in San Francisco

Therapeutic massage is a general term that describes any type of massage modality that helps relieve pain, reduce stress, and work on a specific problem—such as a frozen shoulder.  Dr. Smith uses this type of massage to help re-integrate scar tissue with surrounding structures.

People tend to assume therapeutic massage means deep tissue massage, and that they will get a very strong massage.  That is not always the case. Deep tissue massage is great at breaking down scar tissue and getting your blood circulating, but it may not be what you need on a particular day.  Dr. Smith will apply the specific techniques and the right amount of pressure to address your need, and sometimes that’s a lighter touch.

While massage is often relaxing, the end goal of the session or series of sessions is not relaxation.  Goals vary considerably between clients.  People can use therapeutic massage as a standalone treatment or in combination with other modalities such as chiropractic or physical therapy. 

Some people, such as athletes, laborers or stressed out office workers, receive regular therapeutic massage to keep themselves in good physical condition.

People of all ages can benefit from therapeutic massage. Massage is also suitable for people with disabilities, expecting mothers, and people in treatment for medical conditions, although some special precautions may need to be taken to protect the health of the client.

Therapeutic massage techniques are derived from a variety of massage styles. Dr. Smith will tailor your massage depending on your needs. If you are unsure whether or not massage is appropriate for you, please give us a call.

Benefits of Therapeutic Massage

While more research is needed to confirm the benefits of massage, some studies have found massage may also be helpful for:

  • Anxiety
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia related to stress
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Soft tissue strains or injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Temporomandibular joint pain

Beyond the benefits for specific conditions or diseases, some people enjoy massage because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort and connection.