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Massage Therapy in Sioux Falls SD

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Are you looking for massage in Sioux Falls?  There are many benefits to massage therapy, and many different forms of massage.  Our team at Bridges Chiropractic wrote this article to help you better understand the services we have to offer.  Please don't hesitate to call us with any questions that you have.

5 Things To Look For In A L.M.T.

  • Is the therapist licensed and insured?
  • Is the facility providing the massages licensed by the state?
  • Massages should be overseen by a physician.
  • Make sure your comfortable with the massage therapist that your working with.
  • Therapists should be current in continuing education credits.

Benefits to Massage Therapy

  • Relieve Stress
  • Promote Relaxation
  • Improve Posture
  • Improve Circulation

What Conditions Do Licensed Massage Therapists Help?

  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Numbness and Tingling
  • Fibromyalgia

Types of Massage Offered in Sioux Falls

Swedish Massage

The term "Swedish Massage" refers to a variety of techniques specifically designed to relax muscles by applying pressure to them against deeper muscles and bones, and rubbing in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. This form of massage was created at the turn of the century by Henry Peter Ling in Sweden. It involves the use of kneading, stroking, friction, tapping, and vibration and may provide relief from stiffness, numbness, pain, constipation, and other health problems.

The main purpose of Swedish massage is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. Other possible benefits include stimulation of circulation, an increase in muscle tone, and a balance of the musculo-skeletal systems. Swedish massage shortens recovery time from muscular strain by flushing the tissues of lactic acid, uric acid, and other metabolic wastes. It increases circulation without increasing heart load.

The usual sequence in which a Swedish massage strokes are conducted are Effleurage, Petrissage, Friction, Vibration, Percussion, and finally passive and active movements (bending and stretching).

Pre-Natal / Pregnancy

Pregnancy massage has been found to reduce stress, decrease swelling in the arms and legs, and relieve aches and pains in muscles and joints. It's a popular complementary therapy during pregnancy for back pain, when choices for pain relief, such as medication, are often limited. Not only can massage be physically beneficial, but the human touch can be comforting and provide emotional support during pregnancy.

Trigger Point Massage

A trigger point is a tight area within muscle tissue that causes pain in other parts of the body. A trigger point in the back, for example, may trigger pain in the neck. The neck, now acting as a satellite trigger point, may then cause pain in the head. The pain may be sharp and intense or a dull ache. Trigger points are caused by muscle overuse or injury, and because the aches are associated with moving parts, the pain is commonly mistaken for arthritis.

Trigger point work is specifically designed to alleviate the source of the pain through cycles of isolated pressure and release. In this type of massage the recipient actively participates through deep breathing as well as identifying the exact location and intensity of the discomfort.

The result of trigger point massage is the elimination of toxins in the muscles and the release of energizing endorphins. A significant decrease in pain is often found after just one treatment.

Deep Tissue Massage

Chiropractic Sioux Falls SD Bridges Chiropractic patientDeep tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue.  It is especially helpful for chronically tense and contracted areas such as stiff necks, low back tightness, and sore shoulders.  Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain.

Sports Massage

Sports massage was originally developed to help athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training. Sports massage emphasizes prevention and healing of injuries to the muscles and tendons.

But you don't have to be in the Olympics to benefit from sports massage. Sports massage is also good for people with injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of motion. The massage therapist generally concentrates on a specific problem area. (Sore neck and shoulders, anyone?) This is the type of sports massage that you see in the spa.

Our team at Bridges Chiropractic in Sioux Falls is here to help you with all your massage therapy needs.


Massage Therapy in itself is a form of treatment that has been around for centuries. The earliest records of massage come from the Ancient River valley civilizations (the Yellow River, the Indus River, the Tigris and Euphrates and the Nile River.) The Nei Ching is the Yellow Emperor’s classic of internal medicine and is one of the oldest medical references that still exist, dating back to 2600-2700 BCE. The Nei Ching mentions Mushou (moh-SZH-woh) massage or finger pressure as treatment to energize someone or treat paralysis, chills, fever and poor circulation of blood

Through scientific findings and observations, Massage Therapy today is used to effectively relax a patient in order to allow the following bodily functions to occur correctly:

  • Promote deeper and easier breathing
  • Improve circulation of blood and movement of lymph fluids
  • Speed healing time of strained/sprained muscles
  • Reduce scar tissues
  • Help relieve stress and aids relaxation
  • Help relieve muscle tension and stiffness
  • Reduce muscle spasms
  • Provide greater joint flexibility and range of motion

The Massage Therapists at Bridges Chiropractic will help you relax before every adjustment, every visit! Make an Appointment today.


Chiropractic & Massage Combo

The combination of Chiropractic and Massage fields is one that is extremely complimentary in nature.  Chiropractic Adjustments are the manipulation of joints, while massage treats muscle.  If bones and muscles work together to give the body structure and movement, one could conclude that it makes perfect sense that a problem with one would affect the other.

Therapeutic massage and stretching can help you regain and maintain proper alignment.  When muscles are relaxed and restored to their optimal length, correct posture and alignment are more easily sustained.  When your muscles and connective tissues are loosened, they won’t pull on your bones as much after adjustment and that will lead to longer relief.

The mixture of relaxing the tissues before performing an adjustment allows the patient to reach a point where the body has a greater ability to hold adjustments.  Using this evidence and common sense, Bridges Chiropractic provides a short massage before every adjustment to ensure ultimate relaxation and conformity of each adjustment.  Make an Appointment today!

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Bridges Chiropractic
5015 South Western Avenue #160
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
(605) 271-8160

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