Derrick Family Chiropractic & Massage Center

3535 Martin Way E. Olympia WA 98506

  Between   I−Hop   &   7−Eleven   in Olympia

Phone (360) 491−9135   (360) 438−6425

Family Chiropractic & Massage Center in Olympia Serving Lacey Olympia Tumwater Yelm Ranier Rochester Shelton Mason Lewis Thurston Washington

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Beneficial Effects of Massage Therapy

Peer-reviewed medical research has shown that the benefits of massage therapy include pain relief, reduced trait anxiety and depression, and temporarily reduced blood pressure, heart rate, and state anxiety. Theories behind what massage might do include blocking nociception (gait control theory), activating the parasympathetic nervous system which may stimulate the release of endorphins and serotonin, preventing fibrosis or scar tissue, increasing the flow of lymph, and improving sleep.  Here at Derrick Family Chiropractic & Massage Center, we have an entire team of well trained, licensed massage therapists that are proficient in a number of massage techniques ranging from therapeutic deep tissue massage to relaxing Swedish massage.  Please feel free to stop buy our office to schedule an appointment, or take a tour of our facility.

The following techniques are just some of the services that we provide here at Derrick Family Chiropractic & Massage Center:

  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Neuromuscular Therapy Massage
  • Relaxation Massage
  • Sports Massage
  • SOMAMASSAGE Certified
  • Reflexology Massage
  • Stress Relief Massage
  • Swedish Massage
  • Trigger Point Massage
  • Cranial Sacral Massage
  • Pregnancy Massage
  • Auto Injury Rehabilitation Massage

Neuromuscular Massage Therapy
The most effective type of massage for lower back pain is neuromuscular massage therapy. Neuromuscular therapy massage is also called trigger point myotherapy. The American Academy of Pain Management recognizes this form of massage therapy as an effective treatment for back pain caused by soft tissue injury (such as a muscle strain).

Neuromuscular massage therapy consists of alternating levels of concentrated pressure on the areas of muscle spasm. The pressure is usually applied with the fingers, knuckles, or elbow. Once applied to a muscle spasm, the pressure should not vary for ten to thirty seconds.

Muscles that are in spasm will be painful to the touch. The pain is caused by ischemic muscle tissue. Ischemia means the muscle is lacking proper blood flow, usually due to the muscle spasm. This in turn creates the following undesirable process:

  • Because the muscle is not receiving enough blood, the muscle is also not receiving enough oxygen
  • The lack of oxygen causes the muscle to produce lactic acid
  • The lactic acid makes the muscle feel sore following physical activity.

After the muscle is relaxed, the lactic acid will be released from the muscle, and the muscle should start receiving enough blood and oxygen.

Neuromuscular massage therapy will feel painful at first, but the pressure should alleviate the muscle spasm. At this point, it is extremely important to communicate with the massage therapist regarding the pressure - whether the pressure is too much, too little, getting better, getting worse. The therapist should listen and respond accordingly. The pressure should never be overly painful. In fact, most people describe the pressure as "good pain".

Following a neuromuscular therapy massage, any soreness that presents itself should fade after twenty-four to thirty-six hours. The muscles that were tight should remain noticeably more relaxed for four to fourteen days, depending on stress, activity level, and severity of back pain prior to beginning massage therapy.

*Many health insurance companies cover therapeutic massage with a doctor’s referral for massage therapy.



We are very accommodating and offer relief for injuries through relaxing chiropractic and therapeutic feel good curative massage therapy


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Our Chiropractors & Licensed Massage Therapists are very accommodating and offer pain relief for injuries through relaxing chiropractic and therapeutic feel good curative massage therapy in Olympia Washington

Chiropractors, also known as doctors of chiropractic or chiropractic physicians, diagnose and treat patients whose health problems are associated with the bodyís muscular, nervous, and skeletal systems, especially the spine. Interference with these systems impairs the bodyís normal functions and lowers its resistance to disease. Spinal or vertebral dysfunction alters many important body functions by affecting the nervous system. Skeletal imbalance through joint or articular dysfunction, especially in the spine, can cause pain. Chiropractors provide natural, drugless, non-surgical health treatments and rely on the bodyís inherent recuperative abilities. In many cases, a patientís difficulties can be traced to the involvement of musculoskeletal structures; usually spinal subluxations are at the root of the problem. Chiropractors adjust the spinal column to correct these subluxations. This helps to correct the structural and functional problems with the patients joints and nervous system.
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