We are excited to be including Massage Therapy at Health Loft Chiropractic. Massage Therapy can help relieve the myofascial component to help compliment Chiropractic care. At Health Loft Chiropractic we have a Licensed Massage Therapist with over 15 years of experience in her industry.

For massage pricing, insurance coverage, and hours please call: 248-963-1118

The Origins of Massage Therapy

Massage therapy history dates back thousands of years to ancient cultures that believed in it’s medical benefits. The first written records of massage therapy are found in China and Egypt.

2700 BCE: The first known Chinese text is called “The Yellow Emperor’s Classic Book of Internal Medicine.” This book was first published in English in 1949, but has become a staple in massage therapy training and is also often used as a textbook for teaching many other forms of alternative medicine such as acupuncture, acupressure and herbology.

Fast forward to Early 1800s: 

In the West: It was from this early massage therapy history that the Swedish doctor, gymnast and educator Per Henril Ling developed a method of movement known as the “Swedish Movement System.” This is regarded as the foundation for Swedish massage most commonly used in the West today.

Although the “Swedish Movement System” was developed by Ling, it was Dutchman Johan Georg Mezger who defined the basic hand strokes of Swedish massage.

Today the most common types of massage practiced in the western hemisphere are Swedish massage and the Japanese massage practice of Shiatsu.

As a preventative practice, therapeutic massage is used in spas, gyms and work places all over the country. Using massage therapy to promote balance and maintain internal and external health is something that is now a standard part of the North American lifestyle.

In the health care industry, massage is commonly used in hospitals, nursing homes and birthing centers. It is also used in chiropractic clinics to treat pain, increase circulation and expedite the healing of injured muscles.

Benefits of Massage Therapy

Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. Other symptoms massage can help with are:

  • Anxiety
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia related to stress
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Soft tissue strains or injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Temporomandibular joint pain
  • Increased joint flexibility
  • Help recover from strenuous workouts
  • Pain relief from headaches/migraines