Medical Massage and The Role of Massage Therapist
Medical massage is offered in our highly progressive and skilled rehabilitation clinic. Medical massage therapists are an integral part of a collaborative health care team that are skilled in techniques that emphasize treating specific conditions or diagnosis with the goal to rehabilitate towards a specific outcome as well as facilitate patients to meet their goals.
Medically trained massage therapists work directly with patients who have undergone orthopedic surgical procedures, are rehabilitating from traumatic and acute injuries and /or have been diagnosed with chronic conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, lymphedema, migraine headache and the like.
Injury Site Massage
Targeted injury site massage helps soft tissue injuries heal faster. Soft tissue injuries include muscle pulls, ligament sprains, tendonitis and whiplash. In addition, injury site massage reduces spasm, pain, swelling and the formation of scar tissue. Injury site massage targets the breakup of excess scar tissue and adhesions that weaken muscles and can contribute to further injury. It also increases circulation bringing needed nutrients to the area and removing waste products from the healing process.
Manual Lymph Drainage
Manual lymph drainage (MLD) is a specialized massage technique performed by a certified MLD therapist. An MLD therapist applies this gentle form of massage to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph from the tissues. Lymph is a mostly clear fluid that absorbs fats and delivers nutrients to the cells of the body. It also aids the immune system in removing and destroying waste, debris, dead blood cells, pathogens, toxins and cancer cells. Lymph nodes help to filter out these substances.
MLD uses a specific amount of pressure and rhythmic circular movements to stimulate lymph flow. This type of massage is generally recommended for those diagnosed with lymphedema and used to support and enhance their lymphedema therapy. However, MLD is beneficial for anyone wishing to boost lymphatic flow, such as those overcoming a sickness or recovering from a surgery or liposuction.
Carrying a baby challenges, changes and stresses an expectant mother’s body in many ways. Prenatal massage treats mom-to-be to a delightful experience tailored specifically to her needs. It will help to relax tense muscles, relieve back, neck and hip pain, reduce headaches, diminish edema and reduce the stress and anxiety associated with pregnancy and labor.
A prenatal massage therapist is skilled in knowing the best possible positions and techniques for expectant mothers, as well as knowing which areas and conditions are contraindicated. Regular bodywork, throughout pregnancy, can help an expectant mother to have a more positive pregnancy and labor experience.
Sports massage focuses on muscles relevant to the event as well as on recovery from strenuous or excessive activity. Sports massage reduces pain, minimizes recovery time and increases range of motion and overall performance. For athletes who train continuously, the goal is to enhance endurance, lessen the chance of injury and shorten the time needed to recover from an event. Prior to an athletic event, sports massage may be used with stretching in order to help athletes to loosen, warm and prepare their muscles so that their performance and endurance might be enhanced. Following an athletic event, sports massage may be used to relieve pain, prevent stiffness and return the muscles back to their normal state. Sports massage may also be used for injury rehabilitation.
Thaiatsu is a unique massage experience and a perfect alternative or complimentary therapy to traditional Swedish massage. It is very therapeutic for those who are seeking to incorporate movement and stretching into their bodywork. Thaiatsu combines the best of three holistic body work practices: the yoga stretching techniques of Thai massage along with palm and thumb pressure for chi/energy balancing of shiatsu and reflexology. Thaiatsu aims to reduce musculoskeletal tension, improve circulation and to create a relaxed and restored sense of wellness.
Massage therapy is offered to patients as well as the general public.
The Prices have been updated as of May 1, 2013
|Chair massage: 15 minutes||$15|
|30 minute sessions||$35|
|60 minute sessions||$60|
|90 minute sessions||$75|
*University of Utah employees receive a $5 discount on all sessions.
**We do not bill insurance for these services. Payment is required at the time of appointment.
Corinne graduated from the University of Utah in 2004 with a degree in political science and from the Utah College of Massage Therapy in 2005. In 2011, she graduated from Norton's School of Lymphatic Therapy to become a Certified Lymphedema Therapist. She has also pursued further education in orthopaedic massage, myofascial release, trigger point therapy and scar tissue release. She has been with the Orthopaedic Center team since 2009. In her free time, she loves being in the mountains and practicing Taekwon-Do with her husband.
Liz has been a licensed massage therapist since 1996, graduating from Myotherapy College of Utah. Her professional experience includes eight years working full-time at ski resort and yoga retreat centers. Private clientele include different types of injury and rehabilitative massage, professional athletes, along chiropractors, and other medical professionals. Liz attends many outside competitive events for pre and post sports massage.
Other interests include teaching and writing curriculum for a massage therapy program and teaching partner and infant massage workshops. Seeing the need for a more integrative style of work, Liz combines the strengths of Thai massage/Shiatsu and Reflexology to develop a technique she is known for called Thaiats.
Before she moved to Salt Lake City, to work at the University Orthopaedic Center, she owned and operated a massage therapy school for eight years. Her free time is spent outside, biking, skiing, hiking, and with family.
Shereen Young, LMT
Shereen has been a full time a licensed massage therapist since 1992, where she earned her certification at the Utah College of Massage Therapy in Salt Lake City, Utah. Shereen joined the University of Utah Hospital in 1999 where she was the first licensed massage therapist on staff. Her expertise in rehabilitative and orthopedic massage practices come from providing therapy to patients at the University of Utah Hospital and clinics, including the University Orthopaedic Center, Huntsman Cancer Hospital and outpatient physical therapy settings since her certification. Shereen has a passion for her work and is continually inspired to research, inquire and learn in order to expand her knowledge to provide the best care possible for her patients. She spends her free time on her road bike.
Shannon has been nationally certified as a massage and bodywork therapist since 2007. She earned certifications from both Healing Mountain Massage School in Utah and Rocky Mountain Institute of Healing Arts in Colorado. Her expertise has been developed through her experience as a research clinician in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the University of Utah Hospital as well as at ski resorts and in a private massage practice.
Shannon strives to continually learn and evolve as a practitioner and has completed additional training in advanced myofascial techniques, medically oriented massage, prenatal massage, and infant massage. Currently, she is working towards certification as a Watsu (water-shiatsu) practitioner.
When Shannon is not practicing bodywork, she has been found chasing her husband and two children on rivers, mountain bikes, and skis.
Massage is valued for its ability to promote optimal body function, enhance overall health and wellness, and for many specific therapeutic effects, including these:
- Improves the health of cells and tissues in the body by assisting in tissue repair, especially in its regeneration phase
- Improves the function of circulation and lymphatic systems
- Alleviates the symptoms of stress and anxiety
- Promotes joint mobility and flexibility
- Promotes a sense of well-being
- Reduces muscle stiffness and soreness
- Relaxes hypertonic or tense muscles
- Stimulates the nervous system and increases body awareness
- Improves the function of the circulatory and lymphatic system and boost the immune system
- Softens and reduces scar tissue