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"You work 40-hours a week, in a job that puts your body through physical and mental stress, take 1-hour of that week to recover" - Dr. Diego Murcia

Massage therapy is a treatment option often used in combination with chiropractic care and therapeutic exercise.  All of our massage therapists are licensed and have years of experience working in clinical settings and working along other therapists and physicians.    

Therapeutic massage offers a multitude of benefits including:

  • Reduces muscle tension

  • Improves quality of sleep

  • Helps ease muscle pain

  • Enhances circulation

  • Relieves stress

  • Improves mental alertness

  • Boosts immune function

  • Stimulates movement of lymphatic fluid

  • Helps with soft tissue injuries

At iMed Centers we understand the importance of an integrated approach to musculoskeletal care, which is why our massage therapists work closely with our physicians to ensure the patient is getting the best care.

 
 

Christine Hamilton, LMT

Christine Hamilton Graduated from Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in Westport, and attained her Massage Therapy License, in 2014. 

She has loved helping patients improve their quality of life since then. She is certified through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, and is proficient in multiple modalities, including:

  • Myofacial Release 

  • Swedish Massage

  • Deep Tissue Massage

  • Prenatal Massage

  • Sports Massage & Stretching

  • Reflexology

She assists Chiropractors in treating a wide range of conditions, by utilizing her skills to customize each session, according to the patients specific treatment plan. 

Maureen Catell, LMT

Maureen Catell, LMT, has been practicing massage therapy since 2005 and is certified through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. She received her initial training at the Daytona College of Massage Therapy in Daytona Beach, Florida where she graduated at the top of her class. Her training includes:

  • Trigger Point massage 

  • Swedish massage

  • Deep Tissue massage

  • Sports Massage

  • Prenatal massage

  • Acupressure

  • Myofascial release

  • and Qi Gong.

She has worked closely with chiropractors and has experience as a certified Chiropractic Assistant.

Maureen treats a wide range of conditions, including whiplash, knee injuries, sciatica, low back and neck strains due to auto accidents, personal injury and work related injuries. Utilizing a variety of modalities, Maureen works to assist patients in relieving stress, reducing chronic pain and correcting musculoskeletal dysfunction. 

Valterli "Val" Mangels LMT

Val has been practicing massage therapy since 2010 and is certified through the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.  Her professional dream was to become a massage therapist and she has a passion to help others achieve balance in health and wellness.

She practices with the goal of addressing the clients specific needs with the utmost care.

She graduated from Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy in Westport,  CT, and She continues to further her education and skills.  Val specializes in:

  • Swedish Massage 

  • Deep Tissue Massage

  • Prenatal Massage

  • Sports massage

  • Lymphatic massage

  • Hot stone Massage

 

Can Massage Therapy Help Me?

Massage therapy is frequently used as a treatment option for muscular pain.  Our massage therapists in Norwalk have years of experience working on patients with fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, degenerative disc disease and general neck and low back pain.  

The difference in our practice is that our therapists are supervised by physicians to have examined that patient and created a treatment plan specific for the patient.  This information allows the massage therapist to focus in the right area to address the source of pain.  

Is Massage Therapy Painful?

Massage therapy shouldn't be painful.  We often hear patients request "deep tissue massage" which is not always recommended for certain conditions.  This is why the integrated approach in which physicians create the treatment plan allows the provider to determine what massage therapy technique would be best for the individual patient. 

There can be some discomfort during massage therapy, especially if the patient has delayed treatment for years.  However our massage therapists are trained to get frequent feedback from the patient to ensure that they are working within the patient's level of comfort.  

Does My Insurance Cover the Treatment?

The answer to this question varies depending on your health insurance plan.  Although some insurance plans cover massage therapy, the best way to know your coverage is to call our office and one of our team members will be happy to do a no obligation insurance verification.  Some of the insurance plans that we accept in our office include:

  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • United Health Care

  • Aetna

  • Cigna

  • Oxford

This is not an all inclusive list, if your insurance is not on this list, give us a call and we can verify your coverage.​

Do I Tip My Therapists?

No, Tipping is not allowed in our office.  Our therapists are paid a higher wage then spas, this way our patients don't have any other out-of-pocket expense.

Will I be sore after therapy?

It depends on the area that we are treating and the specific injury.  But, yes, it's possible that you may be sore after massage therapy. As our therapists release tension and mobilize tissues, some soreness may develop.  We encourage our patient to drink water and stay hydrated after each session.

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