The Power of Touch
Massage, like acupuncture, is one of the oldest healing arts: Chinese records dating back 3,000 years document its use; the ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians applied forms of massage for a variety of ailments; and the father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, wrote papers recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems.
Today, the benefits of the many massage modalities available are varied and far-reaching. As an accepted part of many physical and sports rehabilitation and chiropractic care programs, massage therapy is beneficial for many chronic conditions, including back pain, neck pain, arthritis, stress, sports injuries, immunity suppression, and much more.
There are more than 250 variations of massage, bodywork, and somatic therapies ranging from light touch to deep neuromuscular and trigger point therapy. Our therapists at La Ruffa Chiropractic & Sports Rehab utilize multiple techniques, including stroking, kneading, tapping, compression, vibration, rocking, friction, and pressure to the muscular structure or soft tissues of the body. This may also include non-forceful passive or active movement and/or application of techniques intended to affect the energetic systems of the body.
Massage, bodywork and somatic therapies are defined as the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the human body. Massage is the application of soft-tissue manipulation techniques to the body, generally intended to reduce stress and fatigue, assist in lymphatic drainage, improve circulation, increase mobility and bring about a general sense of well being.
Various forms of touch therapies may use manipulation, movement, and/or re-patterning to affect structural changes to the body. Again, this can range from foot reflexology to craniosacral work to deep tissue manipulation.
Massage is a somatic therapy, meaning "of the body." This term is used to denote the body/mind or whole-body approach we use at La Ruffa Chiropractic & Sports Rehab. Our Licensed Massage Therapists are trained to work with Dr. La Ruffa and the physical therapists to identify underlying problems.
It is our prime mission at La Ruffa Chiropractic & Sports Rehab to help you achieve restoration of function, improve your quality of life, improve physical ability, and achieve pain relief through non-surgical treatment. Physicians and satisfied patients are our greatest sources of referral. We've seen people turning in greater numbers to wellness centers such as ours for everything from chiropractic care to massage and sports injury recovery. We emphasize improving your total health in an effort to reduce the risk of pain or illness. Our team, headed by Dr. August La Ruffa, will personally custom-tailor a wellness program for your physical needs using the least invasive and most effective techniques and treatments used in the practice of functional medicine.