Massage Therapy is Offered at University Hospitals to Help Reduce Pain, Anxiety and Tension

The Connor Integrative Medicine Network, a system-wide initiative headquartered at University Hospitals Ahuja Medical Center offers massage therapy as a way to help patients, staff and visitors achieve mental and physical well-being. Massage has been used for thousands of years to promote relaxation and to relieve the pain, stress and tension caused by a variety of conditions and factors.

What is Massage?

Massage therapy is recognized as one of the oldest methods of healing, with references in medical texts nearly 4,000 years old. Hippocrates known as the “Father of Medicine,” referenced massage when he wrote in the 4th century BC: “The physician must be acquainted with many things, and assuredly, with rubbing.”

Today, in addition to “rubbing,” massage therapy, also referred to as “bodywork,” refers to the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the body. These techniques include applying fixed or movable pressure, friction, holding, vibrating, rocking, kneading, and compression using the hands, primarily, although massage therapists use other parts of the body, such as the forearms, elbows or feet.

All of the techniques are used for the benefit of the musculo-skeletal, circulatory-lymphatic, and nervous system among other systems of the body, and positively influences overall health and well-being.

There are many types of massage therapy, all used to treat specific conditions or elicit specific benefits. Examples include Swedish massage in which the therapist uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements and tapping to increase relaxation and reduce muscular tension; sports massage which is similar to Swedish massage and increases muscle tone and range of motion; deep tissue massage which releases chronic patterns or muscular tension; and trigger point massage which focuses on muscle “knots” that are painful when pressed and can cause symptoms elsewhere in the body.

Benefits of Massage

Studies have shown that massage therapy reduces pain, anxiety and tension, enhances alertness, and increases blood flow throughout the body.

One study suggests that a single session of massage therapy can reduce “state anxiety” (a negative reaction to a particular situation), blood pressure, and heart rate, and multiple sessions can reduce “trait anxiety” (general anxiety-proneness), depression, and pain.

Massage at University Hospitals

Massage, both for relaxation and therapeutic benefit, is offered by appointment at Connor Integrative Medicine Network’s suite 120 at UH Ahuja Medical Center. Additionally, Connor Integrative Medicine Network’s massage therapists provide chair massage services at various locations throughout the UH system and for departments within the UH system and local companies upon request.

In-Patient Massage Available

Massage services are available for patients at Ahuja Medical Center and Cleveland Medical Center based on therapist availability. All massage therapists are employees of University Hospitals, licensed by the State of Ohio, and have speciality areas including oncology, pregnancy and sports massage. A 45-minute massage is $65 and either the patient can call or their nurse can call 216-285-4070 to schedule.

Location Days Times
UH Ahuja Medical Center
Suite 120
8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Highlands Business Park
4480 Richmond Road
Warrensville Hts., OH 44128
Monday thru Thursday
9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Strongsville Medical Center
Suite B204
Friday 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

To schedule an appointment for massage, call 216-285-4070.

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