Glossary

DFW Medical Massage PLLC & Action Fitness – Service Definitions

This glossary of service definitions is provided in order to clarify the meaning of technical terms used on this site for specificity.  Please do not hesitate to ask for further clarification.
Deep Tissue Massage Therapy

Similar to Swedish massage, but the deeper pressure is beneficial in releasing chronic muscle tension. The focus is on the deepest layers of muscle tissue, tendons and fascia (the protective layer surrounding muscles, bones and joints).

Massage Chair

Chair designed for the purpose of massages. Traditional massage chairs allow easy access to the head, shoulders and back of a massage recipient.

Medical Massage

Begins with a postural assessment by a Medical Massage Therapist. Above all a Medical Massage Therapist must have an advanced level of understanding of muscles & their functions in order to perform an accurate assessment.  Likewise required are Certifications in several modalities for the purpose of correcting the postural deviations causing the pain or discomfort, restricted posture or range of motion ETC.

Myofascial Release
A safe and very effective hands-on technique involving application of gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. This essential “time element has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon: a low load (gentle pressure) applied slowly will allow a viscoelastic medium (fascia) to elongate.
Myoskeletal Alignment Technique (MAT)
A type of bodvwork which blends the principles of osteopathy and structural integration to relieve chronic pain, and to reduce the potential for the emergence of pain which could become chronic over time.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
A type of gentle massage intended to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph, which carries waste products away from the tissues back toward the heart.
Orthopedic Massage
This therapy involves therapeutic assessment, manipulation and movement of locomotor soft tissue in order to reduce pain and dysfunction. Restoring structural balance throughout the body allows us to focus on both prevention and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal dysfunctions.
Prenatal Massage

Therapeutic bodywork focusing on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic changes of pregnancy. It enhances the function of muscles and joints, improves circulation and general body tone, and relieves mental and physical fatigue.

Reflexology
A science based on the premise of zones and reflex areas in the feet and hands, which correspond to all glands, organs, parts and systems of the body. The physical act of applying pressure using thumb, finger and hand techniques to these reflex areas results in the reduction of stress which promotes physiological changes in the body.  Reflexology is the application of specific pressure by the use of the practitioner’s hand, thumb and fingers to a reflex map resembling a human body which is believed to exist on the extremities.
Sports Massage
The specific application of massage techniques, range of motion/flexibility protocol and strength-training principles utilized to achieve specific goals when treating an athlete. Timing when the massage is given: pre-event or post-event; during recovery; during a maintenance period; or when an athlete suffers an injury requiring rehabilitation. Technique applications can include a number of different techniques: effieurage; friction; pettrisage; vibration; shaking; compression; broadening strokes; direct pressure; cross-fiber friction; range of motion; and stretching. To increase blood flow; stimulate neurological pathways; aid recovery from exertion; increase flexibility; improve strength; or improve posture.
Swedish Massage
Classical Western massage, generally performed in the direction of the heart, sometimes with active or passive movement of the joints. It is used especially for relaxation, relief of muscular tension and improvement of circulation and range of motion.
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome
Pain in the jaw joint caused by a variety of medical problems. The TMJ connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the skull (temporal bone) in front of the ear. Certain facial muscles controlling chewing are also attached to the lower jaw. Problems in this area can cause head and neck pain, facial pain, ear pain, headaches, a jaw locked in position or difficult to open, problems with biting, and jaw clicking or popping sounds when you bite. Temporomandibular joint syndrome is also referred to as temporomandibular joint disorder. Overall, more women than men have TMJ syndrome.  The TMJ is comprised of muscles, blood vessels, nerves, and bones. You have two TMJs, one on each side of your jaw.  Muscles involved in chewing (mastication) also open and close the mouth. The jawbone itself, controlled by the TMJ, has two movements: rotation or hinge action, which is opening and closing of the mouth, and gliding action, a movement that allows the mouth to open wider. The coordination of this action also allows you to talk, chew, and yawn.
These service definitions are not intended as an exhaustive explanation of the therapies offered by this health professional.  If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to ask them, before setting an appointment or during your therapy session.  Click here for contact information.