My approach to massage and bodywork is to address the source of your pain by releasing fascial restrictions, melting dysfunctional muscle tissue (trigger points), and restoring structural balance to the body, all while giving you the most relaxing session possible.
Chronic pain is often perpetuated through the body in two ways…structurally and neurologically. Structurally, musculoskeletal imbalances in your body overload muscles and tissue, resulting in pain. Neurologically, stress works against your body by creating muscular tension and ultimately pain. So reducing stress and relaxing your nervous system is just as important as the manual pressure applied to your actual muscles.
Sessions often include a variety of methods including myofascial release, deep tissue massage, neuromuscular trigger point therapy, and assisted stretching.
No Pain, More Gain
While the goal is to manually soften and stretch your muscles, this should not be at the expense of your nervous system. Some pain relief methods can be quite uncomfortable and even painful. You should not have to endure more pain to get out of pain! Many therapists and clients feel you have to “push through” the pain of manually forcing your body to accept new limits or break up tissue, subscribing to the “no pain, no gain” school of thought. My approach to deep tissue massage is quite the opposite…“no pain, more gain”! You are in control of my pressure the entire session and at no time should you be tolerating more pain to get results.
The short answer is “it depends”. It depends on the nature of your problem, how long you’ve been in pain, how long it’s been since your last treatment, if you’re receiving other therapies, etc. Longer sessions are generally better because they provide your body time to relax, allowing for deeper work. However, shorter treatments can still be very therapeutic. Most new clients schedule an initial visit of an hour. After an initial visit, I can recommend a treatment plan based on my assessment.
While the vast majority of my clients come to me for relief from back, neck, hip, and shoulder pain, I also treat people for sciatica pain, knee pain, headaches, thoracic outlet syndrome, plantar fasciitis, frozen shoulder, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, golfers elbow, and tennis elbow. If you’re curious about whether or not I can help, just ask.
Medical massage therapy (aka clinical or orthopedic massage therapy) doesn’t consist of a particular technique but aims to treat a specific medical condition such as chronic back/neck pain, plantar fasciatis, TMJ disorders, frozen shoulder, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Medical massage therapists tend to work closely with chiropractors, physicians, and physical therapists and are more likely to accept health insurance billing.
Sorry, but I do not accept health insurance at this time. Please let me know if you need a receipt for reimbursement. Please see to our additional page on billing insurance for massage therapy in North Carolina.
“This guy really knows what he’s doing! Lots of detail to specific muscles, tailored to your level of pressure. I got some amazing pain relief, it was surprising how much it helped.”
“I’ve been in lower back pain for a couple of months, and no amount of yoga, foam rollers or stretching could get it to loosen up. 60 minutes with Zach, now its no problem! Go see this dude. Seriously!”
~Anna Ferguson, Yoga Therapist
“I was referred by a friend and so glad. When I saw Zach for the first time and each time thereafter he listens carefully to what my issues are and targets the areas of concern. The immediate relief from pain was wonderful and I am continuing to benefit. I would highly recommend him to others!”