Therapeutic Massage Specialist

CHARLES M LAYCOCK, DC -  - Chiropractor

Today's Chiropractic Clinic


Chiropractor located in Des Moines, WA

Therapeutic massage provides a safe and noninvasive way to relieve various types of musculoskeletal pain. At Today’s Chiropractic Clinic, experienced chiropractor Charles Laycock, DC, and the team use therapeutic massage to relieve common conditions like back pain, neck pain, and arthritis. To make an appointment at the practice in Des Moines, Washington, call the office or use the online booking feature today.

Therapeutic Massage Q&A

What is therapeutic massage?

While many people think about a massage as a relaxing experience, therapeutic massage is focused on delivering results and helping your body heal itself. 

Therapeutic massage is a type of manual therapy. During a therapeutic massage, your therapist uses their hands, arms, and elbows to apply pressure to your joints and muscles. Applying targeted force to specific parts of your body increases circulation, reduces inflammation, and encourages your body’s natural healing process.

When combined with regular exercise, good nutrition, and routine chiropractic adjustments, therapeutic massage can lower your risk of musculoskeletal injuries and improve your quality of life. 

What conditions can benefit from therapeutic massage?

At Today’s Chiropractic Clinic, Dr. Laycock and the team use massage to treat various conditions, including:

  • Fatigue
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Joint pain
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sports injuries
  • Work injuries

You might also benefit from therapeutic massage if you’re involved in a car accident and experience whiplash or another musculoskeletal injury.

What massage techniques are used in therapeutic massage?

At Today’s Chiropractic Clinic, Dr. Laycock and the team offer several types of massage, including:

Swedish massage

Swedish massage uses gentle kneading, long-flowing strokes, and passive joint movement techniques to relieve muscle knots and encourage relaxation. It’s ideal for people new to massage or those who are sensitive to touch. 

Deep tissue massage

Deep tissue massage applies more pressure than Swedish massage. It’s ideal for treating conditions like auto accident injuries, chronic muscle soreness, or a soft-tissue imbalance. 

During deep tissue massage, your therapist uses deep finger pressure and slow strokes to relieve tension in your muscles and other soft tissues.

Sports massage

Sports massage is geared toward athletes and other physically active individuals. It alternates between deep pressure and soft, soothing strokes. These measures enhance flexibility and relieve muscle tension. 

Trigger point massage

Your therapist uses trigger point massage to treat chronic pain caused by tight or knotted muscles. During trigger point massage, your therapist uses broad, flowing hand strokes to apply pressure to the muscles deep beneath your skin. 

What type of massage will benefit me?

To determine the type of massage that most benefits you, your therapist reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms, and conducts an exam. They might also order in-house X-rays. After gathering the necessary information, they develop a custom treatment plan that aligns with your needs.

If you’re interested in learning more about therapeutic massage, make an appointment at Today’s Chiropractic Clinic. Use the online scheduling tool, or call the office to speak with a team member today.