Great Escape Therapeutic Massage, LLC

5749 E Croyden   Wichita, Ks 67220
by appointment only
Judy @ 316-737-6668   Gary @ 316-737-6667
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Benefits of Massage Therapy

Research shows massage therapy relieves
Anxiety disorders
Carpel tunnel syndrome
Neck pain
Whip lash
Back pain
Low back pain
Sports injuries
Frozen shoulder

How does massage therapy provide relief…

For  anxiety disorders, carpel tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, headaches, migraines, neck pain, whiplash, back pain, low back pain, osteoarthritis, sports injuries, frozen shoulder, and pregnancy?

     You probably have heard that massage improves circulation, right? But exactly what does that mean? Well, throughout our bodies we have a clear fluid that circulates around the body tissues called “lymph.” The body uses lymph to carry away toxins and waste from the body tissues. Massage helps to stimulate movement in the lymph system. If the lymph system is sluggish inflammation, which is an immune response to injury that causes pain, redness, heat, and swelling in the affected area in our muscles, around our muscles, even in our joints can occur. Resulting in pain, such as carpel tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, headaches, migraines, neck pain, back pain, sports injuries, whiplash and frozen shoulder.


      When lymph and inflammation start to accumulate in the body, the excess fluid will put pressure on blood vessels and our circulation will decrease, limiting blood flow to that area. As the pressure increases, it irritates the nerves, which will cause you to have pain. By helping the body remove excess lymph and inflammation, massage therapy can make your blood flow better, which will reduce the pressure that is irritating the nerves and can help reduce or in some cases get rid of your pain.


     Research shows massage therapy relieves anxiety disorders, carpel tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, headaches, migraines, low back pain, osteoarthritis, sports injuries, whiplash , frozen shoulder  and pregnancy. Physician and nurses increasingly recognize the benefits of massage to ease pain and promote relaxation.

*The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) notes that massage is included as part of inpatient care in 37% of American hospitals and used as part of outpatient care in 71% of hospitals.

     And as if that were not enough, massage provides a number of other benefits: relaxing the muscles, improved range of motion, improved sleep, and increased production of endorphins, which will improve your mood. (And these things can aide people who suffer with headaches, migraines and other chronic pain).

     A  good massage affects you on all levels of your being:

     On the physical level it relaxes and tones your muscles assisting the flow of blood, soothing the nervous system, encouraging the lymphatic flow and stretching the connective tissue and muscles. (Providing relief for headaches, migraines, back pain and muscle aches).

     On the mental level it not only relieves stress and anxiety, it helps you become more conscious of your body as a whole.

     On the spiritual level it is difficult to describe. We are talking of something that is mostly indefinable.  You are talking about the essence, the "life force", the whole that is more than the sum of its parts. It is not uncommon during a massage for the receiver at attain a state of heightened awareness, of "presence in the moment", that is akin to the experience of meditation.

     A caring massage creates feelings of well-being, trust, and joy. It can also release a great deal of energy wasted in tension and helps transform bad or sloppy posture habits. This emotional aspect of massage is extremely important!

Massage for Anxiety Disorders

     When you experience anxiety, your body produces a lot of the stress hormone cortisol. Massage lowers cortisol levels. It also gets rid of the muscle tension caused by anxiety disorders.

     In 1996 the Touch Research Institute did a study with 26 adults. For the study, half the adults were given chair massages two times a week for 15 minutes and the control group sat in a massage chair but didn't receive a massage 2 times a week for 15 minutes. (You have to feel sorry for the poor control group). Before and after the 5- week period their anxiety and depression levels were measured. They were also given saliva tests for cortisol. Then they were given math problems to solve. At the end of the study the people who received massage had lower anxiety and depression levels. Their cortisol levels were lower and they had increased speed and accuracy on the math problems!

Swedish massage therapy is good for reducing Anxiety Disorders.

Massage and the Treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

     Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include pain, tingling, burning and numbness of the hand, wrist and forearm pain.

     Massage therapy research has shown that massage can often reduce and slow down the progression of carpal tunnel symptoms. According to a recent study by the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine in Florida, massage therapy helped to reduce pain, increase grip strength, and reduce carpal tunnel symptoms for participants who were computer operators or word-processors.

     Results of the study showed that the subjects in the massage group had significantly less pain and reduced carpal tunnel symptoms.

     Functional activity also improved as noted in reduced pain and increased grip strength in the massage therapy group, as well as lower anxiety and depressed mood levels.

     So if you are in a high-risk group where repetitive movements cannot be avoided, you might consider incorporating massage into your lifestyle.


Massage Therapy  for FibromyalgiaSyndrome

     Massage therapy can reduce the pain, stiffness, and tenderness caused by fibromyalgia syndrome. It is theorized that massage therapy actually enhances the production of certain pain blockers, including endorphins, serotonin, and norepinephrine. These hormones work to counteract pain signals received by the brain, and this would explain why massage offers such dramatic pain relief.

     Massage therapy is one of the most beneficial treatments for fibromyalgia pain and fatigue.  In a survey completed by fibromyalgia sufferers, massage therapy was rated the best treatment option by an overwhelming margin.

Massage therapy benefits include:

  • Increased blood circulation to the muscles, allowing for faster muscle repair
  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased range of motion
  • Decreased stress and depression
  • Reduced pain
  • Reduced stiffness
  • Improved sleep patterns

     In a 1996 study, fibromyalgia sufferers reported a 38% decrease in pain symptoms after receiving just ten, 30 minute massage sessions. They also reported a significant decrease in their sleep difficulties: they began sleeping for longer periods at a time and were disturbed less by sleep disorders.

Massage Therapy for Headache and Migraine Relief

     Twenty-six adults with migraine headaches were randomly assigned to a wait-list control group or to a massage therapy group, who received two 30-minute massages per week for five consecutive weeks. The massage therapy subjects reported fewer distress symptoms, less pain, more headache free days, fewer sleep disturbances, and they showed an increase in serotonin levels. (These are the body’s natural pain relievers).

      Massage significantly reduces the number of headaches experienced by people with chronic tension headaches, and decreases the duration of the headaches.

     Massage relaxes your muscles assisting the flow of blood, soothing the nervous system, and encouraging the lymphatic fluids to flow helping to reduce the pressure associated with headaches.

     Massage of the upper trapezius, sternocleidomastoid, suboccipital, splenius capitis, levator scapulae and temporalis muscles can all be beneficial in relieving headache pain.

Massage Therapy for Neck Pain


     Neck pain is one of the most common reasons patients seek medical treatment. But you don't have to let your neck pain become a constant problem: regular massage treatments can help you manage the pain, especially if you are suffering from neck pain long after a neck injury has occurred.

     Neck pain often occurs with back pain, and the symptoms are similar. Symptoms of neck pain may include spasm, stiffness, muscle discomfort, limitation of movement and headaches. Neck pain can occur suddenly (acute) or be constant (chronic); an acute injury can lead to chronic pain and loss of range of motion, if left untreated. Massage is an alternative to prescription medication commonly used for treating neck pain.    

     Massage is a manual therapy that uses hands-on manipulation of the muscles and other soft tissues to relieve muscle tension and reduce stress. Although massage affects the whole body, it is especially therapeutic for the musculoskeletal, circulatory, lymphatic and nervous systems.

     A combination of techniques, performed by an experienced massage therapist, will provide pain relief and help your recovery. Several types of massage that have been shown to provide neck pain relief including Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, and Trigger Point Therapy.


Massage Therapy and Whiplash - Neck Injuries

     Whether you have been in a car accident or have a sports injury, here is what you should know and what you can do to recover from whiplash or related neck injuries.

     If you have ever been in a car accident, particularly a rear-end collision, one of the most common injuries you could sustain is whiplash. Like the lash of a whip, the neck is susceptible to injury as a result of the whipping motion. When the neck and head are forcibly whipped forward on impact, and then forcibly whipped back, there is a possibility of damage to the soft tissues, including the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Severe whiplash can also injure the inter-vertebral joints of the spine, discs, cervical muscles and nerve roots.

     Massage Therapy is a very effective treatment for whiplash or related neck injuries.


Massage Therapy For Back Pain  /  Low  Back Pain

     Massage therapy was compared to relaxation therapy for treating chronic back pain. At the end of the study, the massage group reported less pain, depression and anxiety with improved sleep. They also showed improved flexibility, and their serotonin and dopamine levels were higher. These are our body’s natural pain relievers.

     An experienced massage therapist can use a variety of techniques to get the back muscles to respond and release, allowing pain to subside and diminish.

     Often back pain can be traced to an injury or in other cases traced to bad work habits or work conditions that are not physically comfortable to be in for long periods.  Many jobs require long periods on our feet, bent over a keyboard or operating a machine. We can offer practical advice about how to improve your body mechanics, stretches you can perform on the job and techniques for reducing stress to your back and body.

     Most clients realize some degree of relief after their first visit. Depending on the nature of their discomfort, 3-5 treatments may be required to achieve a greater range of motion and reduced pain. (Usually performed in the first 10 to 14 days).

     Most healthcare providers are recognizing massage therapy as a legitimate aid for low back pain, an effective addition to lower back treatments. Fifty-four percent of healthcare providers say they will encourage their patients to pursue massage therapy in addition to medical treatment.

Massage Therapy for Osteoarthritis

     Osteoarthritis (also known as Degenerative Joint Disease) is an inflammation brought on by ware-n-tare casing damage to articular cartilage.  Affected joints are stiff, painful, and usually inflamed. Arthritis most often affects knees, hips, hands and fingers.

Massage therapy aims to relieve arthritic pain by increasing blood circulation to the affected area. Since there is a relatively poor network of blood flow in cartilage, an increase in local circulation brings fresh, oxygenated blood to an injured area and ushers out waste. In addition to reducing inflammation and pain, improving local circulation increases joint mobility. It is no surprise that massage is an ideal match for a person suffering with osteoarthritis.

Massage Therapy for Sports

     In addition to sometimes helping prevent injuries from occurring, post-injury massage can help speed healing by encouraging blood flow to the affected area, reducing muscle tension that could affect a joint injury, and reducing pain and general discomfort associated with the injury.

     Massage can have both physical and psychological benefits. Physical benefits include enlarging tissue pores to speed healing, stretching tight tissues, breaking down scar tissue and improving the elasticity of tissues. One of the psychological benefits of sports massage after an injury is the simple psychological benefit of feeling good. This, when combined with increased blood and lymphatic flow (helps with oxygenation of the blood and removal of muscle waste), will reduce healing time and will help reduce the likelihood of the same area being injured again.


Massage Therapy for Frozen Shoulder

     If you’ve been having trouble lifting your arm over your head because your shoulder is too stiff or painful, you may have a condition called adhesive capsulitis, commonly known as “frozen shoulder.”

     Frozen shoulder is a general term used to describe a restricted range of motion or stiffness in the shoulder. Adhesive capsulitis is a specific condition characterized by a gradual onset of stiffness and pain in one shoulder caused by inflammation and tightening of the joint capsule (ligaments that attach the shoulder bones). Often, the terms frozen shoulder and adhesive capsulitis are used interchangeably.

     Massage therapy is a helpful treatment for frozen shoulder because it increases blood flow to the injured area and helps to reduce scar tissue. Regular massage treatments are needed to reduce muscle stiffness, and you may not start to feel relief until after several massage treatments.

     A combination of techniques, performed by an experienced massage therapist, will provide shoulder pain relief and help your recovery during the “thawing,” or recovery stage of the condition. Deep-tissue massage is a common technique used to treat frozen shoulder. With this technique, the therapist applies steady pressure to the muscles to release adhesions or scar tissue that may be contributing to shoulder pain. Deep-tissue massage techniques should be avoided during times of acute shoulder pain, inflammation, or swelling.

     Other massage techniques for frozen shoulder include trigger point therapy, in which steady pressure is applied to targeted points within muscles to relieve muscle spasms, and Swedish massage, which involves gentle kneading and long strokes applied to surface muscle tissues to reduce stress and tension.

     Heat therapy, applied immediately before or after massage, is also very beneficial in treating frozen shoulder.

Massage  Therapy For Pregnancy


     Twenty-eight women were recruited from prenatal classes and randomly assigned to receive massage in addition to coaching in breathing from their partners during labor, or to receive coaching in breathing alone. The massaged mothers reported a decrease in depressed mood, anxiety and pain, and showed less agitated activity and anxiety and more positive affect following the first massage during labor. In addition the massaged mothers had shorter labors, a shorter hospital stay and less postpartum depression.

     Massage helps mom’s body eliminate waste products through lymphatic and circulatory systems, combating fatigue, giving mom more energy.

     Massage stimulates glandular secretions, which stabilize hormonal levels, making their side effects, like morning sickness, less severe.

     Massage aids circulation, easing the load on mom’s heart while helping to keep her blood pressure in check.  Increases local and general blood circulation, allowing more oxygen and nutrients to the cells of both mom and baby.

     Massage alleviates muscular discomforts, such as cramping, tightening, stiffness, tension, knots, backaches, stiff neck, headaches, edema, and sore swollen ankles and feet.

     Massage helps to relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes. Increase muscular flexibility, which will be helpful during the last trimester and actual birth itself. Sooth and relax nervous tension allowing mom to sleep more easily and deeply.

Great Escape Therapeutic Massage, LLC
by appointment
Judy @ (316) 737-6668 or Gary @ (316) 737-6667
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