Massage Therapy in Wichita

Chiropractic Wichita KS Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is the manual manipulation of the muscular structure and soft body tissues of the human body, including muscle, connective tissue, tendons, and ligaments. Massage "modalities" have been used for thousands of years by people living all over the world as a means of naturally treating both mental and physical body ailments. Our therapists at Optimal Wellness in Wichita are able to naturally treat many musculoskeletal conditions by specializing in medical massage.

Medical massage is a goal-oriented style that uses a variety of advanced techniques to release deeper tensions held in your muscles and connective tissues. While we strive to make each session relaxing, this massage is great for those that seek results more than relaxation. This is not your typical spa massage-- FEEL the difference!

Medical Massage uses all traditional modalities of massage such as Swedish, Deep Tissue and Sports Massage in addition to advanced therapies like, Myofascial Release. Each session your massage therapist should be checking in with you on what your overall goal for your session is. Whether you have serious pain to deal with or have had trouble sleeping, the therapist will use every tool possible to figure out how to help you release pain and tension.

What is Myofascial Release Therapy?

Myofascial release therapy (MFR) was developed to specifically address the fascia, the connective tissue that runs like a three-dimensional web throughout the body. MFR involves applying sustained pressure into myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. Myofascial Release is a hands-on treatment performed on the skin with no oils or creams. The tension between the therapist's hands and the patient's skin is what allows a stretch to the fascia in a way that the gliding effect of traditional massage with lotion cannot achieve.

By going slowly and waiting for the body's natural rhythm, the fascia responds to your therapist's skilled touch by elongating, rehydrating, and reorganizing. MFR opens space for fluid and energy movement, facilitating greater circulation and communication-allowing the body to heal.

What is Fascia?

Here's an easy visual: If your body was an orange, your skin would be the outside orange peel, your muscles would be the fleshy orange fruit itself and the thin white membrane surrounding each orange segment would be the fascia. Fascia is a combination of elastin fibers, collagen fibers, and a gelatinous fluid called ground substance. This matrix surrounds every muscle, every nerve, every organ, and every bone as well. Sounds pretty important, doesn't it? When it dehydrates, the fascia becomes like glue. It not only loses its mobility, but it also can exert force on underlying structures-up to 2,000 lbs. per square inch! This tension can create pain, decrease range of motion, decrease the function of muscle, and just overall a feeling of being weighed down.

Additionally, fascia is tightly integrated into the autonomic nervous system. It is particularly effective at contracting throughout the entire body when the nervous system is in fight-or-flight mode, all in the interest of keeping us safe. With chronic activation of the fight-or-flight mode leaves the fascia in a constricted, tense, dehydrated state, which leads to more injury, pain, and dysfunction.

Monday
9:00am - 1:00pm
3:00pm - 6:00pm


Tuesday
3:00pm - 6:00pm


Wednesday
9:00am - 1:00pm
3:00pm - 6:00pm


Thursday
3:00pm - 6:00pm


Friday
9:00am - 1:00pm


Saturday
Closed

Optimal Wellness
3017 North Cypress Drive Suite B
Wichita, KS 67226
(316) 425-1911