Every day stress and tension associated with our jobs, sports injuries, hobbies, and family life can result in increased muscle tension, headaches, and pain in the neck, back and extremities. Massage therapy is an effective tool to reduce muscle tension and spasms, decrease pain, and relieve stress. Massage has also been found to improve circulation, increases the removal of metabolic waste products (lactic acid) from muscle tissue, and eliminate trigger points. According to Janet G. Travell, MD, the leading expert in trigger points and their referral patterns, a trigger point is "a hyperirritable spot in skeletal muscle that is associated with a hypersensitive palpable nodule in a taut band. The spot is tender when pressed and can give rise to characteristic referred pain, motor dysfunction, and autonomic phenomena. See the images below for common trigger points and their referral patterns:
Massage therapy services are provided to our patients by Melinda Lewis. Melinda Lewis is a licensed massage therapist registered with the AMTA.
She obtained her degree from Daytona State College in late 2013 and became licensed in early 2014. She utilizes techniques from various modalities including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, and Myofascial Release. She also holds a certification in Bamboo Massage. Her passion is helping people in pain move towards recovery. She has patients that range in age from 5 years to 97 years old, and most ages in between.
Having been an athlete most of her life, she is very muscle aware and has enjoyed working with athletes and coaches, including triathletes, runners, tennis players, Crossfit athletes and much more. Melinda has also had several injuries herself, exposing her to pain that has been greatly decreased through massage. She is excited about her work and looks forward to working with you at Deland Chiropractic & Spinal Decompression
To schedule an appointment for massage therapy, please call our office at (386) 337-3884.