Massage is a systematic form of manual manipulation to the soft tissues of the body. It has been used for over 5000 years in many cultures.
Massage can relax or stimulate the body using various strokes, depths and rhythms depending on the desired effect. Massage is known to relax muscles, promote circulation, and lower anxiety.
The License Massage Therapist (LMT) is licensed by the state of Texas when graduating from accrediting licensed school. The Massage Therapist must complete an internship and must pass the State Boards Exam (MBLEX) before practicing as a License Massage Therapist.
At AFHC we promote the use of soft touch massage to relieve discomfort, stress and anxiety. All forms of massage are under the oversight of a physician. The Therapist will only do massage according to the physician written order. This ensures the patient receives the appropriate massage modality beneficial to meet their specific needs. All patients are thoroughly assessed by a licensed nurse and a Licensed Massage Therapist prior to receiving any massage modality.
Other modalities used at AFHC to benefit the patient’s specific need may include aromatic or musical modalities. All modalities including soft touch massage are implemented only after the patient’s specific needs are identified by the Interdisciplinary Group.
The Staff at AFHC continue to rely on “tried and true” traditional pain and symptom management, but for those who choose a more “holistic” management, these additional modalities are available.
Hydrotherapy is the application of water in any of the three forms (Solid, Liquid, Vapor) to the body for therapeutic purposes. Hydrotherapy is an additional aid to the healthy function of the body. Changes in the body are classified as thermal, mechanical and chemical. Thermal effects are produced by application of water at various temperatures to achieve the desired results.
Aromatherapy is the practice of using natural oils and extras from the various parts of plants to enhance the well – being of mental and physical well – being. The alternative medicine method utilizes the inhalation or absorption of oils to stimulate better body function. Different oils are used for different treatments and remedies for various conditions.