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Therapeutic Massage Techniques

Our Licensed Massage Therapist, Dianna Martin, utilizes therapeutic massage. This therapy aids in patients’ rehabilitation by focusing on manipulating and realigning the deepest layer of muscles and connective tissue. It is the most beneficial therapy to release chronic muscle spasms. At Superior Spine Care we provide specific massage and muscular therapy tailored to meet the patient’s condition and injury. The benefits of massage therapy may include increasing blood circulation, reducing swelling, relaxing muscles, relieving muscle pain and spasms, and aid in recovery and range of motion.

When there is chronic muscle tension or injury, there are usually adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Adhesions can block circulation and cause pain, limited movement, and inflammation. Deep-tissue massage is a specific type of therapeutic massage that breaks down adhesions by concentrating on the deep layers of muscle and fascia in the body. By using deep pressure and slow, firm strokes, deep tissue massage breaks down adhesions and restores normal movement. Multiple techniques and methods within the practice of massage therapy are used to treat a variety of physical ailments such as Muscle Tension and Postural problems. Below are brief descriptions of the methods Dianna is likely to use as a licensed massage therapist. Use the link in each brief description to learn more:

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Massage Therapy

Longitudinal Gliding

Longitudinal gliding is a basic but effective
massage technique administered
in the direction of the blood flow.
It aids the fluid dispersion from the
injury site, and thus helps reduce
inflammation and swelling.
It is also very useful in
relaxing tight muscles.

Friction Massage therapy

Deep Transverse Frictions

Transverse friction is a transverse connective tissue therapy applied directly by the fingers. This technique is used mainly on tendon or ligament injuries to help break down thickened, pain-producing scar tissue to reduce the likelihood of causing further irritation.
Massage Therapy


Kneading can be performed in different ways and is described by the part of a hand used to accomplish the massage, eg thumb kneading and palm kneading. The pressure used must vary according to the purpose of the massage and the bulk of the tissues under treatment. The rhythm and rate of the movement are equally important as the pressure is applied intermittently.

sports massage therapy

Compression Massage

Rhythmic compression into muscles used to create a deep hyperemia and softening effect in the tissues. It is generally used as a warm-up for deeper, more specific massage work. Sports massage utilizes compression massage.
Trigger Point Massage

Trigger Point Therapy

Trigger point therapy is a bodywork technique that involves the applying of pressure to tender muscle tissue in order to relieve pain and dysfunction in other parts of the body. Trigger points are active centers of muscular hyperactivity, which often cross-over with acupuncture points. You will also find that your muscular “knots” are commonly trigger points.
Massage Therapy

Cross-Fiber Massage

Cross-fiber friction is excellent in relieving muscular restrictions that result from scar tissue. Cross-fiber friction is applied transversely across the muscle, tendon, or ligament fibers.

What Our Patients Are Saying

I used to get migraines frequently, so I thought I’d give Superior Spine a try. I’ve been going to Superior Spine for close to two years now. Ever since I started getting a monthly massage and adjustment, my migraines have lessened immensely! I recommend Superior Spine!!


Dianne Campo

I can't speak highly enough of Dr. Wensink's practice. After hurting my back about a year ago, I have been visiting on a regular basis and they are always accommodating with scheduling. Dr. Wensink takes the time to get to know you as a patient, and asks thoughtful questions to ensure that his treatment meets your needs. The practice is conveniently located and with occasional Saturdays makes it easy to find a time to visit.

Mike Couzens

Dr. Neil and his staff provide truly superior care. He is an experienced, very talented chiropractor who carefully investigates and effectively treats painful, complicated conditions. He is thoughtful, kind, and focused. The pleasant office is clean and well managed. He is one of the very best chiropractors I've seen. I highly recommend his practice.

Lorna C.

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