Floyd Memorial Rehabilitation Department Introduces Massage Therapy Program

February 4, 2010

Well known for its relaxation and stress reduction benefits, massage therapy is also a powerful tool for alleviating back pain, stretching muscles to promote healing and increasing recovery time post-surgery. For these reasons, Floyd Memorial’s Rehabilitation Services has added massage therapy to its patient services.

Provided by a nationally certified and licensed massage therapist, patients can choose from Swedish, Deep Tissue or Injury Massage, all targeting different areas and offering different benefits. The cost is $35 for 30 minutes and $60 for an hour.

According to Floyd Memorial Massage Therapist Elisabeth Lanshima, LMT, there are varying benefits to the three massage options offered so patients can pick the technique that is best suited for their needs.

Swedish Massage, the most common form used in spas, uses a variety of techniques designed to relax the muscles by applying long, flowing strokes and movement in the same direction as the flow of blood returning to the heart. The main purpose of this technique is to increase the oxygen flow in the blood and release toxins from the muscles. This is beneficial to patients who suffer from stiffness, numbness, pain and muscular strain.

Deep Tissue massage is used to relieve severe tension in the muscles and the connective tissue by focusing on the muscles located below the superficial muscles. This form is often recommended for chronic, consistent pain sufferers, individuals involved in heavy physical activity and patients who have sustained physical injury.

Injury massage uses the technique of deep tissue massage but targets areas specific to injury or illness. The following are conditions that can possibly improve from this technique: headaches, back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, thoracic outlet syndrome, fibromyalgia, tennis/golfer’s elbow, whiplash, hamstring pull, patella tendonitis, ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, rotator cuff, frozen shoulder, scoliosis and certain joint disorders.

All massages are performed at Floyd Memorial’s Rehabilitation Services’ outpatient location at 1700 State Street in New Albany. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 812-948-7416.