Everyone Deserves a Massage!

One may think of getting a massage as a relaxing activity done at a day spa, which is true, but getting this form of therapy done regularly could help with other mental and physical ailments. The first week in June is Everyone Deserves a Massage week, so we found out how beneficial massage therapy can be by talking to licensed massage therapist Linda Pineiro of SIMEDHealth Physical Therapy. 

1.    What are the different types of techniques used for this form of therapy?
In a general sense, massage therapy is a consistent course of massages, which is just a manipulation of the tissue and muscles of the body, whether that be pressing, rubbing, or moving. 

Different types of massage include Swedish, Sports, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Hot Stone, Connective Tissue Therapy, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Shiatsu, Neuromuscular Therapy, Thai, Prenatal, and Chair. SIMEDHealth massage therapy provides Swedish, Connective Tissue Therapy, and Neuromuscular therapy. All these types have different advantages and disadvantages and come with specific techniques. Swedish massage increases blood circulation and promotes muscle relaxation while Connective Tissue and Neuromuscular therapy are deep tissue massages that aim to relieve pain and improve mobility.

2.    What are some illnesses or ailments that massage would help?

There are many benefits to getting regular massage therapy to manage health maladies and stress. Common conditions that this control is migraines, lower back pain, chronic ailments, anxiety, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and chronic pain. Also, massages can be used to enhance injury rehabilitation. There have been studies done that suggest massages can reduce blood pressure, improve sleep quality, and improve circulation. 

4.    Mentally, how does massage help?

Massage therapy has been known to improve mood, reduce fatigue, reduce symptoms of depression, and anxiety. When someone is not feeling at their best mentally, a massage can be a great pick me up. The massage therapist can help them relax and step away from the things that are getting them worked up. 

For more information on SIMEDHealth massage and physical therapy, visit our website

Occupational Therapy and Its Benefits

Since the 1920s, occupational therapy has been a legitimate form of treating and helping patients. April is Occupational Therapy Month, so we talked to Ginger McFadden, occupational therapist, about what occupational therapy is and what it can do to help people.

What is occupational therapy?

                Ginger says, “occupational therapy (OT) assists people throughout the entire life span, to achieve one's fullest level of function.” Occupational therapists are different from physical therapists because occupational therapy is about helping patients of all ages independently perform necessary tasks. The most common cases of people needing OT is when a person is recovering from an injury, a child with disabilities needs to participate fully in social situations, and when an older adult needs help to adjust to physical and cognitive changes. Occupational therapy is also holistic and spans all settings.

What problems can patients overcome with occupational therapy?

                There are two different categories in OT that a patient's actions are broken down into. One is called Activities of Daily Living (ADL) which involve the things we do to take care of ourselves. Activities such as dressing, feeding, bathing, mobility, and other significant life skills are all classified as ADL. The second category is called Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL) and has more to do with how the patient interacts with their environment and community. Some examples of these activities are taking care of children and pets, financial management, and shopping. Both ADL and IADL difficulties can be overcome through occupational therapy.

Why is occupational therapy important?

                OT is crucial because "it gives people their lives back," Ginger says. The therapy gives people their independence and an improved quality of life. OT also focuses so much on the patient and giving them a one of a kind treatment plan because the therapists understand that everyone is different and needs different things.

                Ginger is an occupational therapist that specializes in hand therapy. She treats individuals with hand and upper extremity issues and diagnosis people with arthritis, EDS, trauma, neurological and tendon ruptures, to name a few. Also, all therapists at SIMEDHealth Physical Therapy see patients pre and post operations.  Ginger says, “As an OT Certified Hand Therapist, our clinic uses the patients activities of daily living and instrumental activities of daily living as a forum for achieving hand and upper extremity independence.”


Click here to learn more about SIMEDHealth's physical and occupational therapy options.