The type of massage we perform at TOPS would most commonly be described as therapeutic massage. The benefits of therapeutic massage for our patients mirrors those benefits people receive:
- Improved circulation
- Reduction in muscle knots and spasms
- Reduction in anxiety and stress
- Improved relaxation and sleep
- Reduction of pain
By doing each of the above, the patients are put in a position to gain the most from the other forms of therapy they are receiving. For example, if the patient needs an improved range of motion in a joint through passive range of motion exercises, relaxation, reduction in pain, and reduction in anxiety will enhance the effect of the exercises. For this reason, massage is usually used in conjunction with other therapies we perform at TOPS. To further improve the benefits of the massage for those patients receiving hydro-treadmill therapy, the massage is performed in our therapy pool, aided by the warm water and massage jets.