Nearly one-quarter of American adults received a massage from a massage therapist in the last year, and close to 90% of those that got a massage did so to relieve pain. Matthew, the massage therapist at Chiropractic Life Center in Encinitas, California, is an expert at using massage for pain management, as part of injury rehabilitation, and to improve your overall health.

Call (760) 783-0105 to make an appointment today, get rid of your aches and pains!


Massage Q&A

What is massage?
Massage is the general term associated with light stroking to deep pressure performed through pressing, rubbing, and manual manipulation of your soft body tissues, including your:

  • Skin
  • Muscles
  • Tendons
  • Ligaments
  • Connective tissue

Massage is a clinically-oriented health care option that enhances your health and well-being by alleviating the discomfort associated with stress, muscular overuse, and chronic pain conditions.

What are the benefits of getting a massage?
Many people enjoy massage because it often produces feelings of caring, comfort, and connection as getting a massage increases blood flow in the areas of your brain associated with mood and stress regulation. Massage helps improve your quality of life, and can especially help if you suffer from depression, cancer, or HIV/AIDS. Massage benefits include:

  • Reduced physical and emotional pain
  • Relief from depression
  • Improved immune system function

What are the different types of massage?
There are three common types of massage: Swedish, deep tissue, and sports.


Swedish massage is a type of manual therapy that improves your circulation by rubbing your muscles together in the same direction as blood flows to your heart. Swedish massage emphasizes long strokes, kneading, and friction motions to relieve muscle tension, stretch tight ligaments, and reduce your emotional stress.

Deep tissue

Deep tissue is an umbrella term for the type of massage that helps release chronic aches and pains. It involves Matthew working your muscles and connective tissue deeply. He presses hard on areas of your body where your muscles feel stiff or painful.


Sports massages get adapted to your needs as an athlete to help you pain-free as you train and compete. Matthew uses a number of techniques, including:

  • Compression
  • Pressure point therapy
  • Cross fiber friction
  • Joint mobilization
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Cryotherapy

This blend of Swedish and deep tissue massage is designed to meet the unique needs of high-level performers and fitness enthusiasts to prevent injury, keep your body flexible, and help hasten your recovery if you do get injured.


When you get a massage with Matthew, he uses his blended style of Swedish, deep tissue, and sports massage, so you get the benefits of all three types of massage.

For more information on how massage therapy helps treat both acute and chronic conditions, call (760) 783-0105 to make an appointment today at Chiropractic Life Center in Encinitas, California.