Broomfield, Colorado

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is a soft tissue treatment modality that functions to relax tense, contracted tissues while stimulating lymphatic circulation and releasing lactic acid from within muscle tissue. At Fox Integrated Healthcare, we offer massage therapy as part of our integrated health services because, for many patients, massage pairs well with a variety of our in-office therapies and treatments. Because massage therapy promotes mobility and expedited healing of damaged and dysfunctional tissues, we often recommend the treatment as part of a comprehensive treatment protocol.

Conditions That Can Benefit from Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is an effective treatment for a variety of painful and debilitating musculoskeletal conditions, including:

  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Neck and back pain
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Persistent muscular tension, cramps or spasms

  • Headaches
  • Sciatica
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Joint pain and dysfunction

Health Benefits of Massage Therapy

Stress Reduction
Because massage therapy is incredibly relaxing, it helps reduce physical stress throughout the body, as well as emotional and mental stress that can affect your overall health and well-being.

Accelerated Injury Recovery
Massage therapy significantly increases blood flow to injured, damaged and dysfunctional tissues, thereby promoting injury recovery. For healing to occur, your tissues require substantial oxygen and nutrients, both of which exist in high quantities in your body’s blood supply. As well, massage promotes lymphatic circulation, which helps your body flush out damaging toxins that can impede the healing process.

Tension and Pain Relief
When you experience stress, whether physical, emotional or mental, your muscles tighten in response to the stimulus. Over time, tense contracted muscles often experience difficulty relaxing, which can result in chronic discomfort, decreased range of motion and mobility loss. By combining various massage techniques with the appropriate degrees of pressure, we gradually release knotting and muscle tension, thereby promoting significant pain relief.

What to Expect With Massage Therapy

At Fox Integrated Healthcare, we begin your healing journey with a consultation to discuss your current health concerns and goals of integrative treatment. We then take you through comprehensive health history and diagnostic evaluation to locate the underlying source of your discomfort and determine the most effective treatment options. Depending on your areas of discomfort and the results of your evaluation, we may recommend massage therapy as part of your custom treatment plan.

Before beginning your treatment session, you and your therapist will have a brief discussion concerning your areas of discomfort. This conversation allows the therapist to determine the most appropriate techniques to employ during your treatment. Your therapist will then exit the treatment room to allow you to disrobe and find a comfortable, lying position on the massage table. For your privacy and comfort, your massage therapist will focus on specific areas individually, while the remainder of your body will remain covered with a sheet or towel.

Throughout your treatment, your therapist – Dr. Derek Fox, Dr. Audrey Kenyon-Fox or Dr. Austin Gore – will use a variety of massage techniques to relieve soft tissue tension, release adhesions, increase blood flow, lengthen contracted muscle fibers, increase lymphatic circulation and restore healthy muscle function. You may communicate with your therapist freely to provide feedback throughout the session.

Massage Therapy: Frequently Asked Questions

After your massage, we encourage you to drink plenty of water to rehydrate your muscles and help flush out toxins and metabolic waste that your tissues released during the session. You should also consume healthy, nutrient-dense foods to provide your tissues with the essential nutrients they require for optimal healing and overall function.

We recommend avoiding exercise for approximately 24 hours after your massage to allow your muscles to fully incorporate the treatment. If you experience any residual soreness, you may briefly apply ice to the area or relax in a warm bath.

Your individual frequency of treatment will vary based on your unique condition, lifestyle factors and your chiropractor’s recommendation. At Fox Integrated Healthcare, Dr. Derek Fox, Dr. Audre Kenyon-Fox and Dr. Austin Gore are highly trained in diagnostic evaluation and will recommend the massage frequency they deem most beneficial. For preventive care, one session per month is typically sufficient.

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