What is Functional Massage Therapy and How can it help?

Like a diamond there are many facets to massage therapy, but like an onion, there are many levels to its effectiveness. Come join us on this journey as we learn about the body, mind and how it reacts to life and how Functional Massage Therapy can help find and address some common issues people deal with and make life better for you.

  • Are you experiencing chronic pain, stiffness in the mornings or anytime you stay in one position to long( and what’s too long)?
  • Do you have trouble walking, maybe  balance, going up or down stairs, playing or doing the things you used to?
  • Do you have Headaches, migraines, neck stiffness, pressure behind your eyes?
  • Do you have a pain in your neck, no I don’t mean your spouse,  maybe from a fall, car accident or job related, Low back pain, sciatica, uneven leg length?

The list goes on, these are some of the issues that Functional Massage Therapy can help with either by itself or in conjunction with other Healthcare Providers and Therapies.

FYZICAL Fitness of Fort Myers on Metro Pkwy now has Emil A. Guido Jr. LMT that specializes in Functional Massage Therapy. Emil comes to us with over 14 yrs experience in massage therapy, seven of those years were in Chiropractic clinical settings working on clients with a variety of issues, from pain to joint replacements, postural distortions and trauma. His use of Functional Massage Therapy was highly effective in reducing pain and increasing movement and improving quality of life for people.

Functional Massage Therapy is not a specific technique but rather an approach. It’s about finding out what’s going on with you, what holding patterns the body may have, and finding the right therapy/technique to help the body heal/ restore normal function. We ask ourselves, “why do the muscles hurt”, “why are they tight”, “what are the effects both physically and mentally”, and “what can be done to release them”.

Did you know that Chronic Pain is defined as lasting longer than 3 months? That a person in chronic pain starts to exhibit similar symptoms as a person with depression AND a person with depression exhibits similar symptoms of chronic pain- the lack of sleep, difficulty moving, the use of medications, some being used to treat the pain and some that may be even causing some of the pain.

Massage Therapists are licensed by the Dept. of Health like many other healthcare professionals here in Florida.  They are taught basic techniques in massage school and are required to take 30 hours of continuing education every two years to keep their license. Many other healthcare professionals may get only a slight intro to the basic massage techniques and therefore may not be aware of the effectiveness of more advanced orthopedically oriented therapies that can help with neural-myofascial-skeletal dysfunctions of the body. Many therapist work in SPA settings and specialize in relaxation, soft flowing strokes, hot stone, salt scrubs, the list goes on. The more advanced therapist seeks out specialized courses in Functional Assessment Skills and related therapies and techniques to deal with various conditions. Now we don’t make a diagnosis but we do assess what you are going through, pain, function movement or lack of it to see if massage therapy can be effective for your symptoms or not.

Talk with your therapist, see Emil and ask him questions to see how you might benefit from either Relaxation Massage or Manual Therapy Massage.

To schedule with Emil at the Metro location, call (833)-FYZICAL or send us an email at fyzicalswfl@fyzical.com.