Massage Therapy

The Benefits of Massage

What exactly are the benefits of receiving massage or bodywork treatments?
Useful for all of the conditions listed below and more, massage can:

  • Alleviate low-back pain and improve range of motion.
  • Assist with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers and shorten maternity hospital stays.
  • Ease medication dependence.
  • Enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow—the body’s natural defense system.
  • Exercise and stretch weak, tight, or atrophied muscles.
  • Help athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts.
  • Improve the condition of the body’s largest organ—the skin.
  • Increase joint flexibility.
  • Lessen depression and anxiety.
  • Promote tissue regeneration, reducing scar tissue and stretch marks.
  • Pump oxygen and nutrients into tissues and vital organs, improving circulation.
  • Reduce postsurgery adhesions and swelling.
  • Reduce spasms and cramping.
  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles.
  • Release endorphins—amino acids that work as the body’s natural painkiller.
  • Relieve migraine pain.

Find more research and ways massage can help you…

Graston Technique

The original instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization technique is…

  • Changing the way soft tissue injuries are treated
  • Preventing acute conditions from becoming chronic
  • Reversing the outcome on conditions once thought to be permanent
  • Substantiated by research


  • Cervical Sprain/Strain (neck pain)
  • Lumbar Sprain/Strain (back pain)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (wrist pain)
  • Plantar Fasciitis (foot pain)
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • Medial Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis (shoulder pain)
  • Patellofemoral Disorders (knee pain)
  • Achilles Tendinitis (ankle pain)
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Scar Tissue
  • Shin Splints
  • Trigger Points

The Graston site has many helpful areas of research and data here.


Active Release Technique

The Gold Standard in Soft Tissue Treatment

One of the newest, most efficacious tools in our chiropractic arsenal is the Active Release Technique (ART), hands-on manual manipulation applied directly to areas of stiffness or pain, essentially get nerves and muscles back where they belong. We’ve found it to be quick, effective way to treat a number of common musculoskeletal conditions.

Available at our office now are a comprehensive library of ART reports, each looking at the technique’s applicability toward:

Headaches – Athlete’s Knee – Shoulder Pain – Sciatica – Hip Pain – Athlete’s Shoulder – Neck Pain – Running Injuries – Back Pain – Golf Injuries – Foot Pain – Elbow Pain – Hand and Wrist Pain – Swimmer’s Shoulder – Athlete’s Ankle – Knee Pain – Padding Injuries

For Frequently Asked Questions on ART online click here.

Research Library

Welcome to the Safko Research Library, our space to share with you the new findings, studies and breakthroughs that will inform our methods and treatment options. The fields of chiropractic medicine and therapeutic massage are, like any science, living, breathing and evolving things. An absolute key to our practice is staying on top of the latest developments in our fields, refine them into our own best-practices and apply them toward the most efficient treatment regimens possible. Since our practice is all about our patients, we want to share with you the research articles and published papers we’re reading so that you’re able to involve yourself as much in our health regimen as we hope to be. Click on any of these links or come into the office and ask for hard copies to discuss with us or take home with you.

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