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Allied Physicians and Rehab of Southern Illinois

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1100 West Main Street
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: (618) 529-5172
Fax: (618) 529-9152

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At Allied Physicians & Rehab, Drs. Brian and Julie Bird work with skilled licensed massage therapists to help relieve target areas of pain and discomfort, as well as hidden problem areas that you may have contributing to your health issues.

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Massage therapy is the manipulation of the soft-tissues of the body and is one of the oldest healing arts: Chinese records dating back 3,000 years document its use; the ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians applied forms of massage for many ailments; and Hippocrates wrote papers recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems.  Today, the benefits of massage are varied and far-reaching.  As an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs, massage therapy has also proven beneficial for many chronic conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, infertility, smoking cessation, depression, and more.  Massage therapy also helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to disease and illness.  Today, millions of people worldwide visit massage therapists as a form of regular health-care maintenance.

The Benefits of Massage

What exactly are the benefits of receiving massage or bodywork treatments?  Massage is 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 post-surgery 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.

A Powerful Ally
There's no denying the power of bodywork.  Regardless of the adjectives we assign to it (pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic) or the reasons we seek it out (a luxurious treat, stress relief, pain management), massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen.

Massage_Therapy_page_2_300x261.jpgExperts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related.  And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress.  While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress.  This translates into:

  • Decreased anxiety.
  • Enhanced sleep quality.
  • Greater energy.
  • Improved concentration.
  • Increased circulation.
  • Reduced fatigue.

Furthermore, clients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving a massage.  The emotional balance bodywork provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits.

Profound Effects
In response to massage, specific physiological and chemical changes cascade throughout the body, with profound effects.  Research shows that with massage:

  • Arthritis sufferers note fewer aches and less stiffness and pain.
  • Asthmatic children show better pulmonary function and increased peak air flow.
  • Burn injury patients report reduced pain, itching, and anxiety.
  • High blood pressure patients demonstrate lower diastolic blood pressure, anxiety, and stress hormones.
  • Premenstrual syndrome sufferers have decreased water retention and cramping.
  • Preterm infants have improved weight gain.

Research continues to show the enormous benefits of touch-which range from treating chronic diseases, neurological disorders, and injuries, to alleviating the tensions of modern lifestyles.  Consequently, the medical community is actively embracing bodywork, and massage is becoming an integral part of hospice care and neonatal intensive care units.  Many hospitals are also incorporating on-site massage practitioners and even spas to treat post-surgery or pain patients as part of the recovery process.

Increase the Benefits with Frequent Visits
Getting a massage can do you a world of good and getting massages frequently can do even more.  Taking part in this form of regularly scheduled self-care can play a huge part in how healthy you'll be and how youthful you'll remain with each passing year.  Budgeting time and money for massage at consistent intervals is truly an investment in your health.  And remember, just because sometimes massage feels like a pampering treat doesn't mean it is any less therapeutic.  Consider massage appointments a necessary piece of your health and wellness plan, and work with our doctors' to establish a treatment schedule that best meets your needs.

Will My Insurance Cover It?
The services of Licensed Massage Therapists may be covered by health insurance when prescribed by a chiropractor or osteopath.  Therapies provided as part of a prescribed treatment by a physician or registered physical therapist is often covered.

If you are interested in experiencing benefits of massage therapy please fill out the form on the right side of this page and someone will contact you as soon as possible.  You can also call our office at (618) 529-5172 to schedule your free consultation.

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