Massage Therapy

Massage therapy addresses variety of health conditions, the most prevalent being stress-related tension, which experts believe accounts for 80% – 90% of disease.

Benefits of Massage Therapy:

  • Increased circulation to all areas of the body. This means that more oxygen goes to tissues enabling them to function more efficiently.
  • Removal of toxins and waste products that build up in the tissues.
  • Reduction in recovery time from injuries and surgeries.
  • Massage therapy has been shown to strengthen the immune system, according to research published in the Journal of Neuroscience, 1996 and Psychosomatic Medicine, 2000.
  • Breaking of the pain-tension cycle, which helps prevent muscle strains and aches.
  • Increased flexibility and join mobility.
  • Better muscular balance throughout the body, resulting in effective support for other  healing  modalities, such as chiropractic and osteopathic manipulation.

Massage has been proven beneficial in treating cancer-related fatigue, sleep disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes, low back pain, immunity suppression, spinal cord injury, autism, post-operative surgery, age-related disorders, infertility, eating disorders, smoking cessation, and depression, to name just a few.

Chiropractic adjustments & massage therapy when received together can help you to achieve optimum health.

Swedish Massage:

Swedish Massage is designed to energize the body by simulating circulation. Five basic strokes, all flowing toward the heart, are used to manipulate the soft tissues of the body. The disrobe client is covered by a sheet, with only the area being worked on exposed. Therapist use a combination of kneading, rolling, vibrational, percussive, and tapping movements, with the application of lotion, to reduce friction on the skin.


Shiatsu is a finger-pressure technique develop in Japan utilizing traditional acupuncture points. Similar to acupressure, shiatsu concentrates on unblocking the flow of life energy and restoring balance in the meridians and organs in order to promote self-healing. The practitioner applies pressure with the finger, thumb, palm, elbow or knee to specific zones on the skin located along the energy meridians.

Deep Tissue Massage:

Deep tissue massage affects the sub-layer of musculature and fascia. It helps with chronic muscular pain and injury rehabilitation and reduces the inflammation-related pain caused by arthritis and tendinitis, it is generally integrated with other massage techniques.

Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy:

Myofascial trigger point therapy based on the discoveries of Drs. Janet Travell and David Simons in which they found the causal relationship between chronic pain and its source, myofascial trigger point therapy is used to relieve muscular pain and dysfunction through applied pressure to trigger points of referred pain and through stretching exercises. These points are defined as localized areas in which the muscle and connective tissues are highly sensitive to pain when compressed. Pressure on these points can send referred pain to other specific parts of the body.

Neuromuscular Therapy:

This comprehensive program of soft-tissue manipulation balances the body’s central nervous system with the musculoskeletal system. Based on neurological laws that explain how the central nervous system initiates and maintains pain, the goal is to help relieve the pain and dysfunction by understanding and alleviating the underlying cause. Neuromuscular therapy can help individuals who experience distortion and biomechanical dysfunction, which is often a symptom of a deeper problem. It is also used to locate and release spasms and hypercontraction in the tissue, eliminate trigger points that cause referred pain, rebuild the strength of injured tissues, assist venous and lymphatic flow, and restore postural alignment, proper biomechanics, and flexibility to the tissues.

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation:

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) is a more advanced form of flexibility training that involves both the stretching and contraction of the muscle group being targeted. Essentially PNF stretching “resets” the neuromuscular setting in a muscle. PNF stretching was originally developed as a form of rehabilitation, and to that end it is very effective. It targets specific muscle groups, and as well as increasing flexibility and range of motion, it also improves muscular strength and function.

Sports Massage:

Sports massage is designed to enhance athletic performance and recovery. There are three contexts in which sports massage can be useful to an athlete: pre-event, post-event, and injury treatment. Pre-event massage is delivered at the performance site, usually with the athlete fully clothed. Fast-paced and stimulating, it helps to establish blood flow and to warm up muscles. During the massage, the athlete generally focuses on visualizing the upcoming event. Post-event massage is also delivered on site, through the clothes. The intent here is to calm the nervous system and begin the process of flushing toxins and waste products out of the body. Post-event massage can reduce recovery time, enabling an athlete to resume training much sooner than rest alone would allow. When an athlete sustains an injury, skillful massage therapy can often speed and improve the quality of healing.

Massage Therapy in Portland

Massage therapy has been utilized for centuries, in cultures past and present, by those who have recognized the healing power of human touch. Within the United States, massage therapy is used to either supplement conventional medical practices, or as an independent method of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Our team of Portland massage therapy professionals at Hands On Chiropractic is here to maximize the benefits of your Portland chiropractic care with our expertise in massage.

Massage therapy in Portland begins with you. You are your own best advocate when it comes to seeking medical advice, so make certain you do your homework. Read up about massage therapy in Portland and speak with the chiropractors personally to ask them any questions. Get the advice you need to begin chiropractic care and/or Portland massage therapy treatment today!

Although the techniques used in massage therapy go back many years, the practice nowadays is much more sophisticated. Massage therapy in Portland, along with Dr. Hacmac’s chiropractic care, uses the best and most current forms of therapy. Research shows that about one-fourth of the adult American population has used massage therapy to control and alleviate pain.

Portland massage therapy can be used for a variety of reasons. It can relieve pain, “coax” vertebrae (and their supporting muscles) into proper alignment, and rehabilitate sports injuries. Furthermore, massage therapy in Portland can relieve stress, anxiety, and depression, and promote general well-being and happiness. After all, how often do you see an unhappy person leaving a massage appointment?

Portland massage therapy is different from person to person. We pay close attention to the needs of each patient which can vary the form of treatment from time to time. The preliminary meeting with the professional of massage therapy in Portland will first involve a routine inquiry about your medical history, current symptoms, and desired results. In general, patients are given the option of either wearing loose-fitting clothes, or exposing the specific area to massage by using a sheet or a towel.

We believes that Portland massage therapy, when used in conjunction with an individualized chiropractic protocol, can be extremely effective. Our expertise is based on years of observing the successful results of massage therapy in Portland. Massage therapy in Portland is safe and poses very little risk. Why wait? Begin the road to a healthier, pain-free lifestyle by scheduling your first Portland massage therapy appointment today!